[PhiladelphiaDANCE.org Listserv] Bessie-award winning work by David Neumann at Bryn Mawr, Feb. 23-25

Lisa Kraus lisakraus at verizon.net
Fri Feb 10 11:12:38 EST 2017

Dear Dance Colleagues,

I saw this work in New York and immediately wanted to share it with Philly
audiences because it's so personal and powerful and a model of how multiple
arts, including traditional Japanese Noh theater, contemporary dance, video,
hard-driving sound, great visual design and spoken text can all  be melded
into a spell-binding, moving whole. Hope you can see it!

Lisa (Kraus)
Coordinator, Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series 

Choreographer and Performer David Neumann's Bessie Award-winning I
Understand Everything Better at Bryn Mawr 

The Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series presents three performances of
I Understand Everything Better from  <http://www.advancedbeginnergroup.org/>
David Neumann/Advanced Beginner Group, Thursday-Saturday, February 23-25, at
8 p.m. at the Hepburn Teaching Theater Auditorium in Goodhart Hall at 150
North Merion Avenue in Bryn Mawr, PA.

Bessie-Award winning choreographer/performer David Neumann explores the
impulse to report on calamity with three performances of I Understand
Everything Better in the intimate Hepburn Teaching Theater. This
multidisciplinary dance-based performance was inspired both by the death of
his father and the ravages of Hurricane Sandy, and is a deeply felt and
moving work interspersing elements of Noh theater, video, music, and text,
and blurring the lines between truth and fiction. Topics merge-private and
public, internal and external, the known and unknown-resulting in a
mysteriously beautiful mix of indelible images that dance upon the
contradictions of human life.

"Having seen Neumann's work over many years, I feel this to be a culmination
of his artistic search, using his ability as a spellbinding theater-maker
along with his team's performing chops to tell a highly personal yet
universal story," says Lisa Kraus, Performing Arts Series Coordinator.

The rich scene design and musical scoring feature the talents of Neumann's
collaborative team, including Sibyl Kempson (text), Tei Blow (sound), Chloe
Z. Brown and Christine Shallenberg (lighting), John Gasper and Jennifer
Kidwell (performers), and McArthur Genius Award-Winner Mimi Lien (set).


One ticket to each Performing Arts Series event is available free of charge
for students, faculty, and staff of Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore
Colleges. Tickets are available for sale at regular rates for family members
and guests.

Regular Rates: Flex subscriptions to the remaining series events are
available for $90 each, $75 for seniors. Subscribers enjoy discounts,
priority seating and a meet-the-artist reception.

Tickets to individual events are:
$20 General Admission
$18 Seniors (65+)
$10 for students other than Tri-Co with ID and members of
$5 for children under 12.

Tickets, subscriptions, group sales and more information are available
online through Brown Paper Tickets
<http://www.brownpapertickets.com/profile/17806> , at
brynmawr.edu/arts/series.html <http://www.brynmawr.edu/arts/series.html>  or
by calling 610-526-5210. Tickets are also available at the Office for the
Arts in Goodhart Hall from 10:00 am - 1:30 pm and 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Call
ahead at 610-526-5210 to confirm the office is staffed.

David Neumann has been a featured dancer in the works of Susan Marshall,
Jane Comfort, Sally Silvers, Irene Hultman, Cathy Weiss, Big Dance Theater,
and the late club legend Willi Ninja. He was a member of Doug Varone and
Dancers, and an eight-year original member and collaborator with the Doug
Elkins Dance Company, with whom he toured nationally and internationally. He
continues to perform and choreograph for theater, opera and film working
with such directors as: Hal Hartley, Laurie Anderson, Robert Woodruff, Lee
Breuer, Peter Sellars, JoAnn Akalaitis, Chris Bayes, Mark Wing-Davey, Daniel
Sullivan, Les Waters, Molly Smith, Tina Landau and Sarah Benson. As Artistic
Director of advanced beginner group, Neumann's work has been presented in
New York at PS 122, New York Live Arts, Central Park SummerStage (where he
collaborated with John Giorno), Celebrate Brooklyn, Symphony Space (where he
collaborated with Laurie Anderson), The Whitney, The Kitchen and BRIC Arts.
His work has also been presented at the Walker Art Center and MASS MoCA. He
is currently a professor of Theater at Sarah Lawrence College.

David Neumann/Advanced Beginner Group believes in making multi-disciplinary
dances from scratch, bringing to gesture, word and proximity a delighted
embrace of our contradictory lives. Neumann utilizes experimental
dance-making approaches with a humorous outlook and an inclusive layering of
disciplines to create complex, thought-provoking dance works that push the
form. Neumann's explorations challenge his assumptions on "how to make a
dance," giving each work a distinct geography for viewers to examine their
own assumptions. These approaches are born of the belief that there is
always something more to think and feel, always another mind to engage in
surprising ways, always a valuable effort in trying to bend the habitual
gestures around new shapes.

In spite of his proclivity toward complicated ideas and structures in dance,
Neumann is saying something very simple through this blessedly varied and
adaptable art form: "As a species, this is what we're doing right now, and
this is what I think about it."

For more information, please contact the Office for the Arts at
artsadmin at brynmawr.edu <mailto:artsadmin at brynmawr.edu>  or 610-526-5210

The presentation of David Neumann / Advanced Beginner Group-I Understand
Everything Better is made possible by the New England Foundation for the
Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke
Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The 2016-17 Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series receives state arts
funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts
<http://www.arts.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx> , a state agency funded by the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a
federal agency.


Lisa Kraus

Curator, Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series

Co-founder, thINKingDANCE <http://thinkingdance.net/> 




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