Dan Safer


A large-scale dance/theater/installation performance of the Exodus story from the Haggadah, presented during Passover.



Haggadah examines the ritual of the Seder in a post-modern artistic context. The traditional Seder is a ritual theatricalization of the Exodus from Egypt on an intimate scale.

Jumping off from that point Haggadah envisions a complete spectacle combining dance, theater, music and design to immerse the audience in an intense re-envisioning of both the story and the act of coming together to tell it.

With his company Witness Relocation, this project links post-modern dance, narrative storytelling, rock concerts, lectures, and dramatic scenes into a vibrant artistic rendering of one of the world’s most ancient holidays.

The result is immediate, accessible, un-ignorable and relevant to a contemporary audience. Haggadah explodes the narrative of the Passover story into dynamic physical form, creating a total experience. Though the word Seder literally means “order” in Hebrew, Dan’s retelling of the Haggadah relies more on chaos with the potential for order to arise from it.

Dan Safer originally hails from the wild suburbs of New Jersey and is the Artistic Director of Witness Relocation, a NY-based, internationally performing dance & theater company (www.witnessrelocation.org). His work has been presented in New York (La MaMa ETC, Dance New Amsterdam, Dance Theater Workshop, Dixon Place, Danspace Project, Ontological, CUNY Prelude, Pyramid Club, etc.) across the US (Bumbershoot w/ PS122, FuseBox, Revolutions, Fury Factory, etc), and internationally in Canada, France, Poland, Russia, Romania, Denmark, and Thailand. He has choreographed operas, rock videos and fashion shows, and is the winner of two NY Innovative Theater Awards. Artforum Magazine called him “pure expressionistic danger”. He used to be a go-go dancer, and once choreographed the Queen of Thailand’s Birthday Party.

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