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David Dorfman, seen here in “See Level,” will bring his “underground” community dance performance to Galesburg in April.

Community invited to kick up its heels

Knox College goes 'underground' with dance project

Saturday, March 24, 2007

GALESBURG - Galesburg residents have a chance to dance with a star.

The Midwest premiere of "underground," a new work from renowned choreographer David Dorfman will cap a week-long series of dances workshops April 2-7 at Knox College.

Dorfman, who specializes in community-based dance projects, has invited Knox students and members of the Galesburg community ages 16 and up to participate in free workshop rehearsals, then perform "underground" with members of Dorfman's company at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7, in Harbach Theatre in Ford Center for the Fine Arts.

The performance will be free and open to the public.

"Underground" is based on the activities of the Weather Underground, an American protest organization that originated in the 1960s with opposition to the Vietnam War, and later, according to authorities, engaged in rioting and bombing.

According to Dorfman, "underground" uses dance to explore questions such as: "When can activism become terrorism, or vice versa?" The piece was first performed at the 2006 American Dance Festival and received its New York premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival last November. The performance at Knox is its midwest premiere.

Dorfman's choreography is collaborative and he uses a group process that allows participants to help shape the dance, according to Jennifer Smith, assistant professor of dance at Knox. As many as 30 student and community members will be accepted to participate on a first-come basis. Dance experience is not necessary, but participants must be comfortable with movement.

Interested participants must register by Wednesday with Kathleen Ridlon, lecturer in dance and director of the Center for Community Service at Knox, at (309) 341-7085 or by e-mail

David Dorfman Dance has developed more than 30 community dance projects, and the company has performed worldwide. Dorfman has received seven New York Dance and Performance Awards.


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