Extra Shapes

DD Dorvillier is a choreographer, performer and teacher.

Artist Bio

Extra Shapes is a performance for lunging figures, a musical concert for loudspeakers, and a light show. Created by DD Dorvillier, in collaboration with composer Sébastien Roux, lighting designer Thomas Dunn, and performers Katerina Andreou and Walter Dundervill, Extra Shapes occupies a rectangular space divided into three horizontal bands, featuring sound in the front, light in the middle, and dance in the back. Picture a slice of Neapolitan ice cream with its three separate bands—strawberry (sound), vanilla (light), chocolate (movement)—then rotate the plate to view each of its sides. In Extra Shapes, the idea is to present the three mediums simultaneously but separately, and to propose a new way of experiencing and thinking about abstraction in a live situation.

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DD Dorvillier

DD Dorvillier

New York, NY

DD Dorvillier is a choreographer, performer and teacher. She received Bessie Awards for Dressed for Floating (2003) and for her performance in Halprin/Collod’s parades & changes, replays (2010). In 1991, with Jennifer Monson, she created the Matzoh Factory, a loft which hosted rehearsals, performances, parties and readings. Important collaborations include work with Jennifer Monson, Zeena Parkins, Jennifer Lacey, Yvonne Meier and Sarah Michelson, among others. Dorvillier has received a NYFA Fellowship (2000), a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Fellowship (2007) and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2011). Her work has been presented in New York at The Kitchen, NY Live Arts, Danspace Project and PS 122, as well as at ImPulsTanz; Kaaitheater; Hebel am Ufer; Frascati; deSingel; and STUK, among others.