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Dan Safer and Witness Relocation at Dance New Amsterdam

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

“I’m Going To Make A Small Incision Behind Your Ear To Check And See If You’re Actually Human REDUX”

Comprised of 30 segments presented in random order every night, …Incision… is a dance/theater/installation/chance operation of mayhem, panic, high-energy dance numbers, and the threat of possible lizard invasion.

January 5–6 at 8:00pm as part of the 2012 APAP conference showcases
January 12–14 at 8:00pm

Tickets: $17 general, $12 DNA members, $14 students/seniors, $12 advance

For more info, click here or visit the show’s .

Dan Safer and Witness Relocation’s Heaven on Earth

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Dan Safer’s dance-theater company Witness Relocation presents, a new piece, Heaven On Earth, an American and French collaboration with text by Charles L. Mee about the end of the world and how life continues after it ends. Get tickets here.

At the Ellen Stewart Theater at La MaMa
Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm
Sunday at 2:30pm

Presented by Ildi! Eldi & Witness Relocation
Written by Charles L. Mee
Directed by Dan Safer
Choreography by Dan Safer
Co-commissioned by Les Subsistances. Major support from Etant Donnes.

Dan Safer and Witness Relocation at the Bushwick Starr

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Six Points Cohort I Fellow Dan Safer and his dance company Witness Relocation present I’M GOING TO MAKE A SMALL INCISION BEHIND YOUR EAR TO CHECK AND SEE IF YOU’RE ACTUALLY HUMAN at the Bushwick Starr.

All shows at 8pm

A dance/ theater/ installation/ chance operation comprised of 30+ segments presented in random order every night. Witness Relocation presents acts of mayhem and panic with a plot about possible invasion and some high energy dance numbers.

Directed by Dan Safer
Set and Costumes by Deb O
Video by Kaz Phillips
Lights by Jay Ryan
Sound by Ryan Maeker.
And Featuring members of the Witness Relocation ensemble as well as several guests

Dan Safer Choreographing “Persephone” at BAM

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Dan Safer will be choreographing the Ridge Theater production of “Persephone” at BAM.

NY Premiere
Mimi Goese / Warren Leight / Ben Neill / Ridge Theater
“[Julia] Stiles’ asset is that she brings inner heat to sullenness.” —The New York Times

In Greek mythology, Persephone, daughter of Zeus and Demeter, was a fetching young woman whose beauty set Hades’ dark heart ablaze. He had to have her, and so he did, spiriting her into the depths of the Underworld.

In collaboration with composer Ben Neill, singer/actor Mimi Goese, and Tony Award-winning playwright Warren Leight (Side Man)—and featuring Julia Stiles (Bourne films, Oleanna on Broadway) in the title role—Ridge Theater (Lightning at our feet, 2008 Next Wave) reimagines the myth as a spectacular 19th-century theatrical tableau. Infused with rock and electronica, as well as evocative visuals, this work creates a fantastic mythical landscape that paves the way for Persephone to find her way home, only to return her to the Underworld forevermore.

BAM Harvey Theater
90min, no intermission
Tickets: $25, 45, 60, 70

Music by Ben Neill & Mimi Goese
Lyrics by Mimi Goese
Book by Warren Leight
Films by Bill Morrison
Projections by Laurie Olinder
Sets by Jim Findlay
Dramaturgy by Daniel Zippi & Karl Precoda
Choreography by Dan Safer
Lights by John Ambrosone
Costumes by Jane Alois Stein
Sound design by Jamie McElhinney
Directed by Bob McGrath

Co-commissioned by Virginia Tech for the Department of Theatre and Cinema at Virginia Tech and by BAM for the 2010 Next Wave Festival.

VIDEO — Dan Safer

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

BIO — Dan Safer

Monday, May 10th, 2010

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 ( 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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Monday, May 10th, 2010

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.

PRESS — Dan Safer

Monday, May 10th, 2010

New York Times
March 24, 2009

March 21, 2009

NJ Jewish News
March 19, 2009

Time Out New York
Jan 22, 2009

IMAGES — Dan Safer

Friday, April 30th, 2010