David Dorfman Dance’s Prophets of Funk return to Berkshires at Mass MoCA Oct. 10 [Berkshire on Stage]

October 9th, 2013, 1:00 pm by Sara
A screenshot from the Kickstarter video showing the performance underway.

A screenshot from the Kickstarter video showing the performance underway.

David Dorfman Dance’s Prophets of Funk sold out a six-night stand at Jacob’s Pillow. This fall Dorfman is in residency at MASS MoCA with a new multimedia work driven by the charged ferocity and poetry of indie, punk, and folk­-rock music. Five dancers, a band of musicians, a junk sculpture – contributed to by the audience – and stunning projections create a kinetic anthem about humanity on Thursday, October 10, at 8 PM in MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center, prior to its fall premiere at the Brooklyn Art Museum (BAM) Next Wave Festival.

Inspired by the late front man of the ’90s underground band Smoke, Benjamin Smoke, Come, And Back Again is an ode to how we as humans navigate our existence and the range of sensations that that entails. Dorfman’s newest work is set to arrangements of Smoke’s music performed live by Brooklyn-based musician Sam Crawford and his band. Video artist Shawn Hove and Brooklyn-based sculptor Jonah Emerson-Bell, in collaboration with street artist and MASS MoCA alum Caledonia “Swoon” Curry, supply the environment in which Dorfman’s vision unfolds. During this truly collaborative work, the audience is encouraged to contribute to the ‘junk sculpture’ built within the performance.

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