Daniel has been awarded residencies by the Joyce Theater Foundation (NYC), The Yard (MA) Raumars (Finland), Sacatar (Brazil), Djerassi (California), Skafiotes (Greece), Maison Dora Maar, (France), Aktuelle Architektur der Kultur (Spain), Gdański Festiwal Tańca (Poland), and The Studios of Key West (FL), and, in New York, CUNY Dance Initiative, DanceBreak Foundation, Inception to Exhibition, La MaMa, Jamaica Performing Arts Center, and the Queens Museum of Art. The Company premiered The Oracle at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAM Fisher for its fifteenth anniversary. Arts/ATL described its “mathematical elegance” and “joyful physicality…a vision that vibrated on a frequency of harmony and brilliance.”
The Company’s dance film The Fantasyland Project, which Time Out New York selected as among “the best live theater to stream online” was one of the first new dance films to emerge from the pandemic, premiering July 2020. A year later, June 2021, Dance With Us, an educational digital platform launches. This multi-faceted project, with leadership support from The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, explains ways to view and speak about dance. Utilizing performance and studio footage, the resource demystifies concert dance by teaching fundamental concepts of the art form. This digital resource will be distributed widely and freely, contributing to the Open Educational Resources movement, part of the Company’s continued commitment to equity, inclusion, and accessibility.
A member of Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company for the past twenty-two years, Gwirtzman was a member of Garth Fagan Dance and toured internationally as a guest artist for multiple years with the Mark Morris Dance Group. He has been described as “a willowy John Travolta, sensual, playful, a rag doll, unusually supple, and one who moves like the wind.” He received his BFA from The University of Michigan and his MFA from The University of Wisconsin. In 1995 he co-founded Artichoke Dance Company, for which he choreographed and danced.
Daniel has been on faculty at SUNY Buffalo State, Kennesaw State University, The University of Michigan, The University of the Arts, and Ithaca College, where he is an Assistant Professor of Dance (2019-). He has been a guest at numerous schools including The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, The University of Florida, The University of Tulsa, The University of the South, The University of Wisconsin, Winthrop University, Princeton University, New York University, Duke University, Rutgers University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Georgian Court University, Middle Tennessee State University, Oakland University, Troy University, Fordham University/The Ailey School, Barnard College, Kenyan College, Beloit College, Nazareth College, Joffrey Ballet School, American Dance Festival Studios, the LaGuardia H.S. for the Performing Arts, among many other schools and institutions.
ABOUT DANIEL GWIRTZMAN DANCE COMPANY
“Founded upon a philosophy that dance should celebrate human achievement through a combination of discipline and unbound optimism.” The New York Sun
“Provocative, whimsical, and ethereal, the Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company defies expectations of postmodern dance and soars, unafraid to take risks and dazzle with unflinching honesty. What is remarkable about the company is the ability to breathe and connect with each other in simple gestures as much as grand displays of technical prowess. In a few of the opening dances, intersections amongst couples prevailed thematically, but there was no cliché in sight. The company shoots energy through every limb and glance the entire evening, and Gwirtzman’s choreography shines through in every piece as an ultimate force of nature.” OnStageBlog.com