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Meet The Artists

Biography

Danny Grossman

politicized choreography / Danny Grossman Dance Company

(1942- )

Danny Grossman's creative longevity is matched only by his commitment to creating socially aware and politically engaged choreography. Born in San Francisco, Grossman, joined the Paul Taylor Dance Company in 1963. Ten years later, he moved to Toronto where he taught at York University and was a guest artist with Toronto Dance Theatre.

Grossman received critical acclaim for Higher (1975), an early choreographic work featuring a ladder, two stacking chairs and two performers moving to the music of Ray Charles. Grossman founded the Danny Grossman Dance Company that same year. His company began to tour in the late 1970s and often performs in the public school system throughout Ontario.

Underpinning Grossman's work is his fierce belief in the use of the arts as an agent for social justice. Endangered Species (1981) was a strong anti-war statement. Nobody's Business (1981) challenged stereotypical gender roles. Rat Race (1993) explored the alienation and power struggles of a society depleted of values and dignity. Age of Darkness (2003) depicted contemporary fears, from weapons of mass destruction to the growing divide between the rich and poor.

Grossman has created and restaged his work for a wide variety of companies, including the Paris Opera Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada and Canadian Children's Dance Theatre. He is also committed to preserving and remounting important historical choreographic works in order to educate audiences and ensure that contemporary dance heritage is not lost. The recipient of many awards, Grossman received the William Kilbourn Lifetime Achievement Award from the Toronto Arts Awards in 1998.

Websites:

Danny Grossman Dance Company

Learn more:

Roseman, Janet Lynn. Dance Masters: Interviews with Legends of Dance. New York: Routledge, 2001.