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Daniel Gwirtzman


Daniel Gwirtzman--producer, educator, filmmaker and dancer--celebrates twenty-three years as a New York choreographer and company director. His diverse repertory of over a hundred works has earned praise for its humor, musicality, charisma and accessibility. “Mr. Gwirtzman does know that in dance less can be more. And that’s a good thing for any choreographer to know” writes The New York Times.  The New Yorker describes him as a choreographer of “high spirits and skill." The New York-based Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, celebrating its 20th Anniversary (2019), is known for its playful virtuosity and charisma. “A troupe I’d follow anywhere” (The Village Voice), a “troupe of fabulous dancers” (Back Stage) that “can’t help but smile” (The New Yorker). Highlights include performances at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAM Fisher, The Kennedy Center, Battery Dance Festival, Bryant Park Presents, La MaMa, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Since 1998 the nonprofit has demonstrated a commitment to education through multigenerational interactive programming. He has been awarded commissions, residencies and fellowships from institutions including the Joyce Theater Foundation (USA), The Yard (USA), Djerassi Resident Artists Program (USA), Raumars (Finland), the Sacatar Foundation (Brazil), the Sfakiotes Residency (Greece) Maison Dora Maar (France), Centro Negra (Spain), The Studios of Key West (USA), Gdański Festiwal Tanca (Poland), CUNY Kinsgborough Community College, and Ucross (Wyoming). Daniel has been on faculty at various institutions including The University of the Arts and The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and a guest at numerous schools including The University of Florida, Princeton University, New York University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Fordham University/The Ailey School, Barnard College, Joffrey Ballet School, American Dance Festival Studios, and the LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts. Daniel produces dance films that have enjoyed screenings nationally and internationally including No Trespassing and Terrain at the American Dance Festival’s International Screendance Festival. Daniel attended The University of Michigan and holds a MFA from The University of Wisconsin. He danced with Garth Fagan Dance and the Mark Morris Dance Group among other companies. In 1995 he co-founded Artichoke Dance Company which The Times called “a welcome addition to the New York dance scene.” In 2010 he was selected by the DanceBreak Foundation, supporting the “next generation of great Broadway choreographers.” In 2014, Daniel celebrated DGDC’s fifteenth anniversary with the evening-length premiere of The Oracle at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAM Fisher. Arts/ATL described its “mathematical elegance” and “joyful physicality...a vision that vibrated on a frequency of harmony and brilliance.” In 2017 The Encore Project celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the premiere of the acclaimed show Encore, which was an official selection of the New York Musical Theater Festival in 2009. In the summer of 2018 it played to critical acclaim at the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival where the Democrat and Chronicle reviewed the show as “wonderful, fabulous…a modern dance A Chorus Line.” As a dancer he has been described as “a willowy John Travolta, sensual, playful, a rag doll, unusually supple, and one who moves like the wind.” He serves as the Director of E-Communications and a Board Member for the National Dance Education Organization. The 92nd Street Y celebrates Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company in Intersections, February 22-24, 2019, the Company’s 20th Anniversary Season. Visit www.gwirtzmandance.org and gwirtzmandance on Instagram and Facebook for more information