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A dancer from David Dorfman Dance holds another dancer upside down on his right hip. Photo by Maria Branova.

David Dorfman Dance

David Dorfman Dance
(A)Way Out of My Body

Thursday, November 10
7:30pm in Stewart Theatre
$27-$32 | $8 NC State Students | $15 Faculty/Staff
Post-Show Talk following the performance

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NC State LIVE has a rich history of presenting choreographers who are dedicated to embracing audiences with visceral, community-focused work. David Dorfman is one of these change-making choreographers. He has shaped the contemporary dance field with his “full throttle, big-hearted” works.

Perhaps you experienced Dorfman’s endearing community-based work on our stage with The Athletes Project in 1995 or The Family Project in 1998. To witness Dorfman’s choreography is to share in a lifelong dedication to the resilience of the human spirit. His newest piece (A)Way Out of My Body was created as he was caring for his ailing parents. It is an offering of healing, a journey through life’s inevitable pain to find our capacity for joy.

Dorfman (who turns 64 while he’s in Raleigh) joins his company on stage in a search for personal “truths” among fantastical sensations with mesmerizing lighting and visual design by the heralded theatremaker Andrew Schneider. The company’s four-person house band, led by superb songwriter Elizabeth DeLise, is seen and heard throughout as though beckoning us into the otherworldly-ness of our dreams, desires, our every day, and the new worlds awaiting us.

He always has a quality of celebration in his work and, structurally, his choreography can be a bit wild, a bit untamed.”

-The New York Times


Together with American Dance Festival we’re offering a FREE Moving with Momentum Class, led by David Dorfman and company member Claudia Lynn Rightmire on Monday, November 7 from 6-7:30pm at ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios. The class will range in styles from release-based post-modern work connecting with the floor, to an eclectic standing modern class.
Attendees will receive 50% off tickets for David Dorfman Dance’s performance on November 10.

Black and white photo of David Dorfman stretching his arms out diagonally in front of a tree.


Strobe Warning: This evening’s performance does include a stroboscopic effect about 3 minutes after the piece begins.

NC State LIVE strives to make our programming accessible to everyone. If you have an access need or an accommodation request, please email Liza Green, associate director at Learn more about accessibility at NC State LIVE.

Protect the Pack

NC State LIVE is fully committed to the health and wellness of our campus, community and artists and will be following all public health and NC State University’s Community Standards as of the date of the event. This could include changes to capacity, attendance prerequisites and other protective measures. 

Face coverings are not required inside our theatres. Although face coverings are not required, you are encouraged to wear them if you feel more comfortable or safer doing so. In addition, Stewart Theatre has a state-of-the-art UV filtration system, extra hand sanitizing stations and paperless ticketing. In the event that a performance is cancelled, all tickets will be fully refunded.