DD Dorvillier is a New York based choreographer, performer, and teacher. In 2003 she and composer David Kean were awarded two Bessies for Choreography and Soundscore of Dressed for Floating (Danspace Project, 2002). Her No Change or “freedom is a psycho-kinetic skill” (Danspace Project/Context Studios, 2005), has been shown in Festivals and theaters in places such as ImpPulsTanz (Vienna, Austria), Tseh Festival/Springdance Dialogues (Moscow, Russia), La Caldera (Barcelona, Spain), Lignes de Corps (Valenciennes, France), The Performance Space (Sydney, Australia), Dance Week Festival (Zagreb, Croatia), and The Melkweg (Amsterdam, Holland).
Dorvillier has been in the works of or collaborated with Jennifer Monson, Jennifer Lacey, Boaz Barkan, Heather Kravas,Yvonne Meier, Karen Finley, Jan Ritsema, and Sarah Michelson, among others. She has been a guest vocalist for Elliot Sharp’s Carbon, and for composers Jonathan Bepler and Zeena Parkins, with stage acting credits in the works of Carmelita Tropicana, Salley May, Circus Amok, and Pavol Lishka, and the films of Torey Vasquez and Iki Nakagawa. In 2000 she inititated human future dance corps supporting her individual work as well as collaborations with director/playwright, Peter Jacobs. Their works together include Die flasche ist ganz leer (PS 122, 1999), Wind (The Eternal Return of the Same) (The Kitchen, 2001), and Coming Out of the Night With Names (PS 122, 2004). In 2007 she created Half A Train, a collaborative photo installation with Flemish photographer David Berge. In 2008/09 she will be part of Parades & Changes, replays, a re-enactment of Anna Halprin’s seminal Parades & Changes (1965), initiated by French choreographer Anne Collod in collaboration with Anna Halprin. This year as well she will also perform in Jennifer Lacey and Nadia Lauro’s Les Asistantes.
Dorvillier has an established reputation as a teacher of Skinner Releasing Technique as well as her particular approach to performance making and physical training, teaching worldwide. She has been a Movement Research Artist in Residence (‘95/’96, ’07/’08). In 1999 & 2000 she was guest co-editor of Movement Research’s Performance Journal, the “Release” double issue, and was curator of the Movement Research Festival in 2004 and 2005. From 1996 to 2004 she curated HOTHOUSE, an infamous improvisational performance series at Performance Space 122 in New York. She is a 2007 recipient of the prestigious Foundation for Contemporary Arts Fellowship.