Coming Soon: ‘Prophets of Funk’

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By Miryam Moutillet

To celebrate our fifth Stephanie C. Davis Dance Residency at Union College, the Theatre and Dance Department will be hosting David Dorfman Dance, October 17-19.

David Dorfman Dance will provide Union’s dance lovers with a master class Wednesday, Oct. 17, and a lecture/demonstration Thursday, Oct. 18. Both events will take place in the dance studio in the Visual Arts Building from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The residency includes a public performance at The Egg in Albany on Friday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m.
Prophets of Funk is an entertaining, uplifting romp that brings us back to the ‘60s and ‘70s—a time of cheer, peace and love. You will definitely feel the groove to this soulful music and dance. How can you stay still while listening to music by Sly and the Family Stone?
David Dorfman makes us part of the music by inviting willing spectators to join the company on stage to learn a dance. It quickly becomes a community affair, a lesson that each participant can bring back home.
An internationally revered company of dancers will keep us on edge with moves that hop, shake, gyrate, and explode on stage.
Not only will you be charmed by the fun, rhythmic pulse, but you will be shaken by the political message, as the show features a plot based on the life of radical abolitionist John Brown. Conquering racism, discrimination and war finds a strong voice in this piece.
‘Prophets of Funk’ celebrates the power of the fashion of this time in history, with its cool-cat shades, platform shoes, Afro-wigs and psychadelic patterns, as well as its post-modern cultural setting. In the words of The Boston Globe’s Jeffrey Gantz, “Prophets of Funk is about overcoming, but also celebrating, what Dorfman has called “the funk of life.”
Artistic Director David Dorfman, a New York based choreographer, and his company’s dancers and collaborators have had performances in North and South America, Great Britain, Europe and recently in Russia and Poland.
They have been awarded eight New York Dance and Performance “Bessies” Awards and were supported by the National Dance Project/NEFA to tour Prophets of Funk nationally. David Dorfman Dance has been involved in a multitude of community-based projects, extending from corporate to social groups.
In essence, Dorfman’s goal is to “get the whole world dancing.” Since 2007, Connecticut College has been the company residence headquarters, but this has not restrained them from being involved in many other state universities and dance institutes around the country.
Performance Details:
Friday, October 19, 8 p.m. at the Egg in Albany
Free tickets available October 3 on a first come, first serve basis (Union ID required) at Yulman Theatre Box Office weekdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m. and at the Visual Arts Building, 3-4:30 p.m.
Transportation will be
provided. Buses leave from Nott/Seward Parking at 7 p.m. and return after the
 performance.

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