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David Dorfman Dance needs your help to work intensively on the final stages of Come, and Back Again at MASS MoCA!

Artistic Director David Dorfman and dancers Raja Kelly, Kendra Portier, Karl Rogers, and Whitney Tucker have been working diligently in the studio to bring the essential and exposed world of Dorman’s latest evening-length dance work, Come, and Back Again, to life. Come, and Back Again is a ferocious elegy, drawing on vulnerability, mortality, mess, humanity, and driven by the charged poetry and music of the godmother of punk, Patti Smith, and the underground 90’s Atlanta band Smoke.

The Company is collaborating with an all-star cast including New York-based Composer Sam Crawford who is heading up a band at each site to which David Dorfman Dance tours. He will rehearse Come, and Back Again’s score comprised primarily of Smoke’s music with local musicians who will in turn perform live alongside the Company for each and every performance. Brooklyn-based Sculptor Jonah Emerson Bell has created a fantastical, awe-inspiring set piece from refuse, furniture, and mementos on which Media Designer Shawn Hove’s masterful projections are displayed.

This final residency at MASS MoCA is IMPERATIVE to the end stage of development for Come, and Back Again. MASS MoCA affords Dorfman, the Company, and collaborators invaluable time and space to work on the project intensely together. Because Come, and Back Again is an evening-length work with extensive technical elements, the opportunity to tighten and hone at MASS MoCA will be critical to Come, and Back Again’s success. Your donation will get David, Raja, Kendra, Karl, Whitney, Sam, Jonah, Shawn, Musicians Aaron Diskin, Zeb Gould, Lis De Lize, Timothy Quigley, our Production Manager, Costume Designer Kristi Wood, and Dramaturg Anne Davison to MASS MoCA, fed, paid, rehearsed, performed, and safely back home. This project is incredibly valuable to the Company. We NEED to do it and we can’t without you. Be a part of Come, and Back Again. Take a moment to check out our awesome rewards and donate now!!

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While fundraising for any major project or residency is always the preliminary challenge, here at DDD our ultimate challenge in the almost 30 years David has been making dance is to make art that has longevity through cross-generational audience connection. We want to connect with YOU on a more personal level in unique and lasting ways. Throughout the process, up to the very last minute we are looking for how audiences are affected by anything and everything we do. That being the case, MASS MoCA will be absolutely imperative to seeing what changes need to be made before the premiere at BAM. We always carefully consider how any given dance feels to an audience. Injury and unforeseen production expenses are always afoot but with your help we hope to make a piece that speaks to YOU, whoever you are and whatever matters to you, on a personal level.

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    TINY STITCHES: This project couldn’t happen without you! Follow along online behind the scenes as our project unfolds and hits the road. You’ll be the first to get exclusive updates from David and Company!

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    DOG: For donations at this level, receive previous reward and get a digital download of selected music from our amazing musical collaborators (Sam Crawford, Liz De Lize, Zeb Gould, Timothy Quigley, David Dorfman, and Chris Lancaster) including “We Don't Own a Dog” composed in part by David’s 11 year old son Sam and featured in the work!

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    BACK: For donations at this level, receive previous rewards and get a limited edition “Come, and Back Again” T-Shirt and a post-card from the road!

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    HEY WHITNEY!: For donations at this level, receive previous rewards and get yourself a little piece of the magic! We’ll send you a signed piece of our set from MASS MoCA!

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    7: For donations at this level, receive previous rewards and a personal blind contour drawing of you done by Kendra!

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    RIGHT HERE: For donations at this level, receive previous rewards and a 2 minute recorded personal improvisation by DDD!

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    BRRRRRRRING... WHAT?: For donations at this level, receive previous rewards and Raja and Karl will send you a short cook book of their grandmother’s favorite recipes!

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    PERICARDIUM: For donations at this level, receive previous rewards and three personal training/ consultation session with Whitney Tucker at Studio 26, an eco-friendly health and wellness studio that she co-owns (NYC only)!

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    A HOLY MESS: For donations at this level, receive previous rewards and 2 tickets to any DDD performance in your state and a backstage pass!! Take a tour of the set and get up close and personal with the dancers and collaborators!

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    SAM: For donations at this level, receive previous rewards and join us for our cast party after the final preview at MASS MoCA, our New York premiere at BAM, or any DDD performance in your state!! Drinks and munchies with David and the crew are on us!

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