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David Dorfman Dance is back in Jackson Hole for a three-week residency at Dancers’ Workshop. The New York company offers two free performances starting at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Also in town is New York City Ballet MOVES, the storied company’s touring group, which will hold an open rehearsal free for anyone at 1 p.m. Tuesday, and a community performance at 2 p.m. July 28.

Jackson residents have an opportunity this week to see two internationally known dance companies brought to town by Dancers’ Workshop.

David Dorfman Dance, known for its modern and innovative movement, performs Friday and Saturday.

New York City Ballet MOVES, the touring arm of the renowned New York City Ballet Company, offers an open rehearsal Tuesday in preparation for public performances next week.

David Dorfman Dance is driven to make post-modern dance accessible by bringing “visceral, meaningful dance, music and text to audiences,” according to the company’s website. The company’s namesake artistic director has said his mission is to “get the whole world dancing.”

The company’s vision is to create innovative and inclusive movement performances that are “radically humanistic” and related to the company’s commitment to examine ideas and issues and ignite conversations about social change and a myriad of other topics.

The New York-based company is spending three weeks in residency at Dancers’ Workshop, where it has offered free company classes to the community and collaborated with Contemporary Dance Wyoming, Jackson’s professional modern dance company.

The residency culminates in two free performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Center Park. People are encouraged to bring blankets and a picnic to enjoy the show that also will feature local dancers from Contemporary Dance Wyoming with the visiting David Dorfman Dance Company.

New York City Ballet MOVES features dancers from the famous New York City Ballet who will perform three works. “The Bitter Earth” is a pas de deux, or two-person dance, that the company website describes as a “breathtaking and poetic” exploration of the “haunting, tenuous melodies” set to a remix of Dinah Washington’s “This Bitter Earth” and Max Richter’s “On the Nature of Daylight.”

“In the Night” is a work choreographed by Jerome Robbins and inspired by the music of Chopin. The piece uses four of the composer’s nocturnes as the backdrop for subtle dance dramas featuring three distinct couples.

The final piece, “Pictures at an Exhibition,” feature 10 dancers displaying a spectrum of emotion, from wild to solemn and soulful, a exhibition of humanity as varied and colorful as the art exhibition that inspired Modest Mussorgsky’s composition.

Check out the company’s rehearsal at a free open stage rehearsal at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Center for the Arts. The company then offers a performance open to the community at large at 2 p.m. July 28 at the Center for the Arts. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students.

Go to DWJH.org for information or JHCenterForTheArts.org for tickets to NYC Ballet MOVES. 

Contact Kelsey Dayton via 732-7078 or entertainment@jhnewsandguide.com.

Since moving to Jackson Hole in 1992, Richard has covered everything from local government and criminal justice to sports and features. He currently concentrates on arts and entertainment, heading up the Scene section.

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