Disco Comes to Jacob’s Pillow with David Dorman Dance in “Prophets of Funk” [Berkshire on Stage]

August 12th, 2011, 3:30 pm by Sara
Prophets of Funk (photo by Adam Campos)

Prophets of Funk (photo by Adam Campos)

David Dorfman and his company of skilled dancers (seen above in photo by Adam Campos) bring their newest work, the dynamic Prophets of Funk, to the Doris Duke Theatre, August 17-21. Inspired by the vitality and revelry of the 1970s, this lively engagement is driven by the popular funk music of Sly and the Family Stone. Set in the spirit of Sly’s music and philosophy, the work centers around the music’s themes of love and celebrations, along with the struggles and hopes that reside in the lives of everyday people. Delivered with humor and heart by Dorfman’s cast of phenomenal dancers, Prophets of Funk “[keeps] Dorfman fans salivating for more” (Eileen Elizabeth, iDANZ Critix Corner).

“David has really pulled it off this time. Prophets of Funk is a seriously entertaining show with phenomenal dancing that welcomes the entire audience to the party.” – Ella Baff, Jacob’s Pillow Executive and Artistic Director.

Prophets of Funk displays Dorfman’s “exuberant, gorgeous, and delightfully oddball style” (The Boston Globe) with an energetic, rock star-like opening featuring the full company ensemble. Dressed in 70s-style costumes complete with afro wigs and platform shoes, dancers move in unison and break off into various duets, solos, and jam dances full of interactive choreography. Dancers show a “playful, athletic physicality” (Chris Dohse, Dance Magazine) by talking to and teaching one another, alternatively supporting each others’ movements. Quieter, more serious choreography is interspersed with high-energy sections, adding a powerful poignancy to the work. Dorfman displays “a delicate whimsy spun out through movement that is often chaotically original,” says Anne Tobias of Dance Magazine. This exuberant work includes the songs “Turn Me Loose,” “I Want to Take You Higher,” “Love City,” “Dance to the Music,” and others.

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