Alternate Title David Dorfman Dance: To Lie Tenderly
Premiere New York Premiere
Production Language English
Country of Origin United States
Description Rock and roll's brazen promises of personal freedom form the cornerstone of David Dorfman Dance's To Lie Tenderly, a compassionate and clear-eyed cultural blueprint of a society wrestling with revised notions of truth, individuality, and the uneasy dynamics of group mentality.
Through an electric mix of bold, profoundly accessible movement, provocative text spoken by the dancers, and pivotal, time-traveling music by Bessie Award-winning composers Amy Denio and Hahn Rowe performed by a driving rock and roll band, To Lie Tenderly brings to light the emotional fallout from the perpetual struggle between asserting our autonomy and succumbing to the whims of the crowd. Through the dance's subtly evolving scenario, Dorfman touches on the little lies we tell ourselves to rationalize our sometimes dubious or dangerous choices and — to acknowledge the other meaning of "to lie" — our resistance to the primal, often disparaged need for intimacy, where all is safe, at least for a moment.