Amidst a fantastically wild set that included a white sculpture wall across the back with various appendages (mattress, laundry basket, life preserver, lawn chair, etc.), eight musicians dressed in white, near the wall, and a white dance floor that drops mid-way through the evening, there was a lot of waving goodbye in David Dorfman Dance’s Come, and Back Again (BAM – October 16 – 19). If this is goodbye, then the retrospective was nice. Most poignant was Dorfman’s dance with each of the company members (Raja Kelly, Kendra Portier, Karl Rogers and Whitney Tucker), a “do-what-I –do” round of duets where at one point, balanced on his knees and one hand, Dorfman puts up the other hand as if to say “no, I’m tired, no more.” Like a whisper, great vintage videos of Dorfman in his prime played on the sculpture wall, while live; he revamped the moves, looking over his shoulder here and there. The Dorfman dancers were beautiful, but it was especially wonderful to see Lisa Race (Dorfman’s wife) in a solo and a special duet with Dorfman—she never misses. Their son, Samson Race Dorfman was no slouch at all, he too danced alongside his father. The musicians are: Sam Crawford, Aaron Diskin, Dorfman, Zeb Gould, Christopher Lancaster, Liz de Lise, Anthony Mascorro and Timothy Quigley.
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I am a performer, historian, consultant and dance writer. I am a faculty member at Hunter College, Sarah Lawrence College (Guest), Empire State College's online program Center for Distance Learning. I am also a former faculty member of The Ailey School and the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University dance major program, Kean University and The Joffrey Ballet School's Jazz and Contemporary Trainee Program. I write on dance for The Amsterdam News, Dance Magazine and various publications. Click below to read more about me at my home page - "About Me."