For 20 years, the Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company has been dazzling audiences. And for one night only, dancer and choreographer Daniel Gwirtzman along with two other dancers will be performing at The Studios of Key West, 533 Eaton Street on Tuesday, November 21. This is a rare glimpse into two popular dance works acclaimed all over New York stages.
The first work, “Encore,” is a celebratory, entertaining dance ensemble that premiered in 2007. Set to toe-tapping, uplifting jazz numbers, it’s a nod to Hollywood movie music from the Jazz era and familiar moves reminiscent of Fred Astaire. The second, “Affront,” is a newer work from this year and the counterpoint to “Encore”. It is a more contemporary abstract piece that explores the darkness of relationships.
“‘Encore’ is straightforward and joyful,” said Gwirtzman, “while ‘Affront’ is less narrative, so the audience can create their own story. It encourages the viewer to interpret the dance.” Gwirtzman choreographed every move “I like to challenge the technical extreme; it has a lot of strength.”
Gwirtzman was the first dance choreographer in residence with The Studios last summer and worked with three Key West dancers: Mara Neimanis, Leigh Pujado, and Kyla Piscopink creating short films. He found a connection with Key West and finds many similarities between the elements of dance and all arts.
“I like to expand people’s exposure to dance,” said Gwirtzman “It should provoke a meaningful response. There are deep connections with the movements that are universal.”
“When Daniel came to us as an artist in residence this past summer, we were awed by his energy, professionalism and enthusiasm,” said Elena Devers, deputy director of The Studios. “We are thrilled he’s agreed to return to Key West, and so delighted he’ll bring his company.” Tickets for this exclusive evening are limited, and can be purchased for $25 ($20 for members) at tskw.org or by calling 305-296-0458.
The Studios of Key West
Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m.
Tickets: $25/$20 members.
Back Stage says: “The Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company pulled out all the stops with its performance of ‘Encore,’ a riotous new full-evening piece of razzle-dazzle entertainment.”