I Understand Everything Better
“By now the line on Mr. Neumann is well established: He is the smart joker of dance. What’s not said as often is how deeply felt and deeply moving his work can be.”
—New York Times
I Understand Everything Better, a multidisciplinary dance-based performance by Bessie-Award winning choreographer/performer David Neumann, explores our impulse to report on calamity; the shimmer of attention to realms unseen; the concurrence of unrelated events and the body as evidence of a will having to let go. Neumann’s “deeply felt and deeply moving” work (New York Times) manifests as a ‘solo with other performers’, marking Neumann’s return to performing in his own work after an absence of several years. The other members of the collaborative team include: Sibyl Kempson (text), Tei Blow (sound), Chloe Z. Brown and Christine Shallenberg (lighting), Andrew Dinwiddie, and Jennifer Kidwell (performers), and Mimi Lien (set).
I Understand Everything Better is commissioned by the American Dance Institute, the Chocolate Factory Theater, and Abrons Art Center. Developmental support for this project is by Ringling Museum and the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University. David Neumann/Advanced Beginner Group has been awarded touring support through the National Dance Project, a program of New England Foundation for the Arts.
WORLD PREMIERE: American Dance Institute, March 27–28, 2015 at 8 PM
NEW YORK PREMIERE: Abrons Art Center (Playhouse), April 15-25, 2015
Ringling Residency and the Asolo Theater/FSU: August 20–26, 2014
PRELUDE Festival: Martin Segal Theater at October 10, 2014
Dance Recon: Abrons Art Center, November 8, 2014
BRICLab: Work-in-progress showing, December 19 & 20, 2014
MANCC Residency: January 12–25, 2015