I UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING BETTER, Fusebox 2017
DAVID NEUMANN | ADVANCED BEGINNER GROUP
Believing there’s always a valuable effort in bending our habitual gestures around new shapes, David Neumann / Advanced Beginner Group makes multidisciplinary dances from scratch, bringing to gesture, word and proximity a delighted embrace of our contradictory lives. ABG constructs irrational responses to our perceived place in the universe.
David Neumann (director / creator) / Advanced Beginner Group’s original work has been presented in New York at PS 122, New York Live Arts, The Kitchen, Central Park Summerstage (where he collaborated with John Giorno), Celebrate Brooklyn, Symphony Space (where he collaborated with Laurie Anderson), and The Whitney. ABG has also performed at the Walker Art Center, Alverno College, MASS MoCA, and the American Dance Institute, among others. Neumann was a performer for many years working with, among others, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Big Dance Theater, Doug Elkins, Doug Varone, and Sally Silvers. Recent projects include: Choreographer on ‘An Octoroon’ at Soho Rep/Theater for a New Audience, directing Geoff Sobelle in ‘The Object Lesson’ at BAM Fischer (Bessie Recipient for Outstanding Design, 2015), Futurity, co-produced by Soho Rep and Ars Nova, and Hagoromo with Wendy Whelan and Jock Soto at BAM. He is currently professor of theater at Sarah Lawrence College. Neumann is the recipient of three New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Awards, including most recently, two 2015 Bessie Awards for Outstanding Production and Outstanding Sound Design for I Understand Everything Better. Additionally, he’s received a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award, an Asian Cultural Council Fellowship (Noh immersive), and support from the Rockefeller Foundation, Creative Capital, NYFA, and National Dance Projects, among others.