BIOGRAPHY

DANIEL GWIRTZMAN

Daniel Gwirtzman celebrates twenty-four years as a New York City choreographer and company director. He co-founded Artichoke Dance Company in 1995. Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, incorporated in 1999, celebrates its 20th Anniversary Season in 2019!

A diverse repertory of over one hundred dances praised for its

invention, humor, musicality, charisma and accessibility.

A diverse repertory of over one hundred dances praised for its

invention, humor, musicality, charisma and accessibility.

"Mr. Gwirtzman does know that in dance less can be more. And that’s a good thing for any choreographer to know. He can evoke strong feelings with a few gestures."

The New York Times

"Mr. Gwirtzman does know that in dance less can be more. And that’s a good thing for any choreographer to know. He can evoke strong feelings with a few gestures."

The New York Times

"A choreographer of high spirits and skill.”

The New Yorker

"A choreographer of high spirits and skill.”

The New Yorker

"With an eye for beauty and an exacting attention to detail, Gwirtzman takes good care of his audience and his performers." Show Business

"With an eye for beauty and an exacting attention to detail, Gwirtzman takes good care of his audience and his performers." Show Business

"As a dancer he’s a beauty too—lithe, sensual, playful, a rag doll, whose strength and control of form surprise."

The Village Voice

"As a dancer he’s a beauty too—lithe, sensual, playful, a rag doll, whose strength and control of form surprise."

The Village Voice

"An infectious delight in performing."
The New York Times

"An infectious delight in performing."
The New York Times

"An infectious delight in performing."
The New York Times

“Unusually supple, and one who moves like the wind.”

WQXR The New York Times

“Unusually supple, and one who moves like the wind.”

WQXR The New York Times

DANIEL GWIRTZMAN DANCE COMPANY

The NYC-based Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2019, is known for its playful virtuosity and charisma. “A troupe I’d follow anywhere” (The Village Voice), a “troupe of fabulous dancers” (Backstage) that “can’t help but smile” (The New Yorker).

BIOGRAPHY

Rochesterian Daniel Gwirtzman grew up performing musicals and plays at the Jewish Community Center and Brighton High School, his alma mater. Folk dancing at Temple Beth El played a central, formative role.

At twelve he began studying with Garth Fagan’s The Bottom of the Bucket But...Dance Theater. A week after graduating from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor with a B.F.A. in Dance he joined Garth Fagan Dance touring internationally with the Company. In 2010 he was a guest performer with the troupe in celebration of its 40th Anniversary Season. He also toured internationally for several years as a guest artist with the renown Mark Morris Dance Group. He holds an M.F.A. in Dance from The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

In 1995 he co-founded Artichoke Dance Company which The New York Times called “a welcome addition to the New York dance scene.” Daniel reunited with Co-Founding Directors Amy Drum and Lynn Neuman for Artichoke's 20th Anniversary Season in 2015.

In 2014, Daniel celebrated DGDC’s fifteenth anniversary with the evening-length premiere of The Oracle at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAM Fisher. Arts/ATL described its “mathematical elegance” and “joyful physicality...a vision that vibrated on a frequency of harmony and brilliance.”

In 2017 The Encore Project celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the premiere of the acclaimed show Encore, which was an official selection of the New York Musical Theater Festival in 2009. In September of 2018 it played to outstanding critical acclaim at the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival where the Democrat and Chronicle reviewed the shows as “wonderful…a modern dance A Chorus Line” and “fabulous.”

Highlights include performances at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Kennedy Center, Battery Dance Festival, Bryant Park, La MaMa, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. 

Daniel has been on faculty at The State University of New York Buffalo State College, Kennesaw State University, and The University of the Arts, and a guest at the Universities of: North Carolina, Michigan, Florida, Wisconsin, Michigan, Rochester, Tulsa, The University of the South, New York University, Princeton, Rutgers, Virginia Commonwealth University, Duke University, Troy University, Winthrop University, Middle Tennessee State University, The University at Buffalo, Georgian Court University, Oakland University, Fordham Univ./The Ailey School, Barnard College, Kenyon College, Beloit College, Stephens College, Nazareth College, Florida School of the Arts, Rochester City Ballet, Richmond Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet School, Abrons Arts Center, American Dance Festival Studios, Broadway Dance Center, Interlochen Center for the Arts, Girls Preparatory School, The Baylor School, LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, Frank Sinatra School for the Arts, and Talent Unlimited HS among other departments.

He has been awarded commissions, residencies and fellowships from institutions including the Joyce Theater Foundation, The Yard (Martha's Vineyard), Djerassi Resident Artists Program (California), The Studios of Key West, Ucross (Wyoming), City University of New York, Raumars (Finland), Sacatar Foundation (Brazil), Sfakiotes Residency (Greece) Maison Dora Maar (France), Centro Negra (Spain), and Gdański Festiwal Tanca (Poland).