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February 23, 2004
Contact: Press & Media Relations Coordinator (703-993-8794)

For general information about tickets, seating, parking, etc., for performances and events happening at the Center for the Arts, please contact the ticket office directly at 703-993-2787.

Friday, March 12, 2004, 8:00 p.m.

Fairfax, Virginia, February 20, 2004David Dorfman's daredevil company dives and leaps as if gravity didn't exist and the world was upside down and inside out. The company makes its George Mason University Center for the Arts debut on Friday, March 12, 2004 at 8:00 p.m. New York’s 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Project presents the world premieres of Light Bulb Theory and Impending Joy as part of their 10th Anniversary Season, March 24-28, however, we are privileged to announce that we will "sneak preview" these two new pieces here in Fairfax! An artistic discussion, free to ticketholders, is held 45-minutes prior to the curtain on the hall’s Grand Tier.

There is always an edge of danger in a Dorfman work. In Light Bulb Theory, Dorfman and dancers Heather McArdle, Paul Matteson, Jennifer Nugent and Joseph Paulson journey through a land of the helpless and the helpful, moving to an original piano score derived from pop classics like "Moon River" and played live by composer Michael Wall. The dancers observe that timeless folly of waiting for the "perfect moment." Impending Joy, set to a commissioned electronic score played live by Chris Peck, uses fractured movements to explore the emotional fallout after a crisis, in the moment just before everything becomes all right.

Native Chicagoan David Dorfman is the recipient of four National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, three New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships, an American Choreographer’s Award, and a New York Dance and Performance Award ("BESSIE"). His choreography has been produced at venues ranging from the Brooklyn Academy of Music and The Joyce Theater in New York, to the Bedlam Dance Company in London. Dorfman has appeared as guest artist with numerous companies and institutions. His dynamic company has been performing since 1985 and is known for its fruitful collaborations with contemporary composers and visual artists. Community-based projects like the
company’s No Roles Barred have been successful in fulfilling Dorfman’s mandate to, "get the whole world dancing."

George Mason University is hosting the 2004 Mid-Atlantic Regional American College Dance Festival, March 10-13. David Dorfman Dance participates in an extended residency and outreach program both on and off campus during the Festival.

Tickets for DAVID DORFMAN DANCE are $40, $32, $20. Charge by phone at
703-218-6500 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies, and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater, and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.

2004 Mid-Atlantic Regional
American College Dance Festival
George Mason University

Festival Adjudicators:
Danny Buraczeski
Geri Houlihan
Donald McKayle

Festival Coordinators:
Linda Garner Miller
Marjorie Summerall