David Neumann will develop Restless Eye, a work that seeks to unsettle pre-conceived notions of dance by utilizing unexpected sources for choreographic stimulus. Neumann's Advanced Beginner Group will mix digital technology with a physical articulation to make real our ever-expanding definitions of dance as an expression of our shared humanity. Restless Eye will premiere at New York Live Arts in March 2012.
Princess Grace Foundation-USA Work-in-Progress Resident Artist
David Neumann's work as artistic director of advanced beginner group has been presented in New York at The Kitchen, PS 122, New York Live Arts (DTW), Central Park SummerStage (where he collaborated with John Giorno), Celebrate Brooklyn and Symphony Space (where he collaborated with Laurie Anderson). Advanced Beginner Group has also toured to the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Maggie Allessee National Center for Choreography, and Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, among others.
Neumann has been a featured dancer in the works of Susan Marshall, Jane Comfort, Sally Silvers, Irene Hultman, Cathy Weiss, Big Dance Theater, and the late club legend Willi Ninja. He was a member of Doug Varone and Dancers, and an eight-year original member and collaborator with the Doug Elkins Dance Company, with whom he toured nationally and internationally.
Neumann continues to perform and choreograph for theater, opera and film working with such directors as: Hal Hartley, Laurie Anderson, Robert Woodruff, Lee Breuer, Peter Sellars, JoAnn Akalaitis, Chris Bayes, Mark Wing-Davey, Daniel Sullivan, Les Waters and Molly Smith. Most recently, he collaborated with Jodi Melnick on July, which premiered at Jacob's Pillow, and choreographed two duets that he Mikhail Baryshnikov performed together.
Neumann has been awarded a Princess Grace Fellowship in Theater, two New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" Awards, a Foundation for Contemporary Art Award in Dance and several grants and residencies.
In addition to being on faculty at the Theater Department at Sarah Lawrence College, Neumann is also a guest lecturer at the Graduate Acting Program of the Yale School of Drama.