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MANCC Welcomes Returning Choreographic Fellow DD Dorvillier

Published September 4, 2013

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DD Dorvillier (NY/FRA) Returning Choreographic Fellow | September 3 – 14, 2013

DD Dorvillier/human future dance corps returns to MANCC with composer Zeena Parkins,and performer Katerina Andreou, to develop two new works, Diary of an Image, and A catalogue of steps. These works will constitute the spine of a four week platform dedicated to the choreographer’s work and practice, at St. Mark’s Church in Spring 2014. The Danspace invitation provoked an important reflection on some key issues for Dorvillier, such as: the counter-purposes of a dance archive, the shifting identity of a choreographic work over time, the value of a dance, the choreographer as a social image. At times these works seem to behave with retrospective or historic intentions, but ultimately they show themselves as entirely new works.

Diary of an Image, is a new dance work being developed which playfully contends with the question of how image, or an image, is produced and functions, what images are inadvertently produced through an abstract choreography, how are images used internally to feed a dance. Dorvillier’s approach considers the significance of St. Mark’s Church, architecturally and as an historic cultural venue. Dorvillier hopes to capture the context, the space of St. Mark’s Church, with the piece, and transpose it to other situations, to produce a flexible work that responds and accumulates new information, architectures, and histories along the way. While at MANCC, she, Zeena Parkins, and Katerina Andreou, will participate in a panel with FSU Assistant Professor in Theatre Studies, Dr. Daniel Sack, in FSU’s historic Dodd Hall, allowing her to examine elements of the work in another historically significant space.

Dorvillier will work on both on Diary of an Image and A catalogue of steps at MANCC when she returns in spring 2014.

The residency is made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


  • Katerina Andreou

  • Zeena Parkins


      Entrypoints are unique opportunities for visiting artists to conduct research and collaborate with the FSU and Tallahassee communities as well as the national dance field.


      Panel Discussion

      “Performance as Research”
      FSU Dodd Hall

      Werkmeister Reading Room

      2:00 – 3:20pm

      Dorvillier will explore the concept of performance as research and discuss the creation of a new work, Diary of an Image with FSU Theatre Studies faculty Dr. Daniel Sack.

      Space may be limited, please reserve a seat at:

      Please e-mail with questions.


      DD Dorvillier Biography

      DD Dorvillier b. 1967, San Juan Puerto Rico, is a choreographer, performer, and teacher. Creating performances exclusively in and for New York City since 1989, she began developing her works in other countries in 2009. Her work with her company human future dance corps has been shown in New York at The Kitchen, New York Live Arts, Danspace Project, and PS 122,  among many others, and in Festivals and theaters internationally in places such as Kaai Theater (Brussels, Belgium), STUK (Leuven, Belgium), deSingel (Antwerp, Belgium), Les Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-St. Denis (Paris, France), ImpPulsTanz (Vienna, Austria), Tseh Festival (Moscow, Russia), Hau/Hebel am Ufer (Berlin, Germany),  Melkweg (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), and  Tokyo Dance Biennale (Tokyo, Japan), among others.

      Please visit or email for additional information about Dorvillier’s residency.

      The Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC), at the FSU School of Dance, is a choreographic research and development center whose mission is to raise the value of the creative process in dance.