David Neumann and Advanced Beginner Group (ABG)’s original work has been presented in New York at Performance Space 122, New York Live Arts, The Kitchen, Abrons Arts Center, Central Park Summerstage, Celebrate Brooklyn, Symphony Space, The Chocolate Factory, and The Whitney. ABG has also performed at the Walker Art Center, Alverno College, MASS MoCA, The Fusebox Festival, The Ringling Festival, and the American Dance Institute, among others.
Neumann was a performer for many years working with, among others, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Big Dance Theater, Doug Elkins, Doug Varone, and Sally Silvers. Recent projects include: choreographer of Hadestown (NYTW), The Total Bent (Public Theater), War (Lincoln Center III), Futurity (Ars Nova and Soho Rep), An Octoroon (Soho Rep/Theater for a New Audience), directing Geoff Sobelle in The Object Lesson (BAM and NYTW), and choreographing Hagoromo at BAM Harvey with Wendy Whelan and Jock Soto. He is currently professor of theater at Sarah Lawrence College. Most recently, Neumann’s work, I Understand Everything Better received two 2016 NY Dance and Performance Bessie Awards, one for Outstanding Production and one for Outstanding Sound Design/Music Composition. He was named a 2016 Artist in Residence at the SETI Institute and was awarded a Robert Rauschenberg Residency. Over the years, Neumann has received three Bessie Awards, a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award, an Asian Cultural Council Fellowship (Noh immersive), residencies at MASS MoCA, ADI, and MANCC, and support from the Rockefeller Foundation, Creative Capital, NYFA, and National Dance Projects, among others.