DD Dorvillier graduated from Bennington College in 1989 and has since been developing interdisciplinary performance works in New York. She is an active force in the experimental dance and performance scene, as a creator, performer, and teacher. Her latest work Nottthing Is Importanttt premiered at The Kitchen in New York City in February 2007. This work was included in both the New York Times and TimeOut New York’s best of 2007 dance features. Her work has been shown in Festivals and theaters internationally in places such as ImpPulsTanz (Vienna, Austria), Tseh Festival/Springdance Dialogues (Moscow, Russia), La Caldera (Barcelona, Spain), La Porta Festival (Barcelona, Spain), Lignes de Corps (Valenciennes, France), Tokyo Dance Biennale (Tokyo, Japan), and The Performance Space (Sydney, Australia).

In 2003 she and composer David Kean were awarded two Bessies for Choreography and Soundscore of Dressed for Floating (Danspace Project, 2002). Her solo work No Change or “freedom is a psycho-kinetic skill” (Danspace Project/Context Studios, 2005), created while on the road, during residencies in Sydney Australia, Barcelona Spain, and Calgary Canada, was also cited in the New York Times as one of the year 2005’s “Best of” in dance.

In 2000 she inititated human future dance corps, a company dedicated to the development of original interdisciplinary performance works. It has supported her individual work as well as past collaborations with director/playwright, Peter Jacobs. Their works together include Die flasche ist ganz leer (PS 122, 1999), Wind (The Eternal Return of the Same) (The Kitchen, 2001), and Coming Out of the Night With Names (PS 122, 2004).


Dorvillier has danced in the works of or collaborated with Jennifer Monson, Yvonne Meier, Jennifer Lacey, Yoshiko Chuma, Karen Finley, Jan Ritsema, and Sarah Michelson. She has been a guest vocalist for Elliot Sharp’s Carbon, and composers Jonathan Bepler and Zeena Parkins, with stage acting credits in the works of Carmelita Tropicana, Salley May, Circus Amok, and Pavol Lishka, and the films of Torey Vasquez and Iki Nakagawa.

In 2008/09 she will be part of parades & changes, replays, a re-enactment of Anna Halprin’s seminal Parades & Changes (1965), initiated by French choreographer Anne Collod in collaboration with Anna Halprin. This year as well she will also take part in the most recent choreographic work by Jennifer Lacey (USA/France) Les Asistantes.

Dorvillier has an established reputation as a teacher of Skinner Releasing Technique as well as her particular approach to dance making and physical training, teaching worldwide. She has been a Movement Research Artist in Residence (‘95/’96, ’07/’08). In 1999 & 2000 she was guest co-editor of Movement Research’s Performance Journal, the “Release” double issue, and was curator of the Movement Research Festival in 2004 and 2005. From 1996 to 2004 she curated HOTHOUSE, an infamous improvisational performance series at Performance Space 122 in New York.

She received the NYFA Choreography Fellowship (2001), two NYFA Build Grants (2001, 2007) and her work has been supported by The Jerome Foundation, the MAP Fund, The James E. Robison Foundation, The Joyce Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, Meet the Composer, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Movement Research Artist Residency Project, funded, in part by the Edward and Sally Van Lier Foundation and the Leonard and Sophie Davis Fund, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. She is a 2007 recipient of the prestigious Foundation for Contemporary Arts Fellowship.


Trajal Harrell is a dancer-choreographer primarily based in New York City. His works have been seen at venues in New York City such as Danspace Project, The Kitchen, PS122, most recently in Europe at The Melkweg Theater in Amsterdam and upcoming this spring at CNDC Angers. He has been an artist-in-residence at TanzWerkStatt-Berlin and Movement Research, where he has also been active in artist-led curatorial and educational initiatives. With choreographers DD Dorvillier and Sarah Miichelson he co-edited the Movement Research Performance Journal “Release” double issue; most recently he was appointed as the new artist editor-in-chief of the publication. In 2007, he was awarded a FUSED (French-US Exchange in Dance) grant to support the presentation of his latest work, Showpony and the development of a new work. His next work, Quartet for the End of Time, will premiere at Dance Theater Workshop in the fall of 2008 supported by residencies at Centre Chorégraphique National Montpellier Languedoc-Rousillon, Centre Chorégraphique National de Franche-Comté à Belfort, and Centre National de Danse Contemporaine Angers.  


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