David Neumann / Advanced Beginner Group – I Understand Everything Better

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January 10-16, 2016

Sunday January 10 at3pm; Monday January 11 at 7pm; Tuesday January 12 at 7pm; Thursday January 14 at 2pm; Friday January 15 at 2pm; Saturday January 16 at 5pm.


Return engagement of the Bessie Award-winning performance, presented with Performance Space 122 as part of the COIL Festival 2016.

The New York premiere of I Understand Everything Better was co-commissioned and presented with Abrons Arts Center, at the Playhouse.

I Understand Everything Better, a multidisciplinary dance-based performance by Bessie-Award winning choreographer/performer David Neumann, explores our impulse to report on calamity; the shimmer of attention to realms unseen; the concurrence of unrelated events and the body as evidence of a will having to let go. Neumann’s “deeply felt and deeply moving” work (NY Times) manifests as a ‘solo with other performers’, marking Neumann’s return to performing in his own work after an absence of several years.

Concept/Direction/Choreography: David Neumann. Sound Design/Lead Collaboration: Tei Blow. Text: Sibyl Kempson. Performers: Johnny Gasper, Jennifer Kidwell. Lighting Design: Chloe Brown and Christine Shallenberg. Set Design: Mimi Lien.

The reprise of I Understand Everything Better is supported by the National Dance Project.

Co-producer: Mabou Mines.

"Five Years" - Claudia La Rocco, artforum.com

"There Is No Understanding Death" - Leigh Witchel, danceviewtimes

"Review: In ‘I Understand Everything Better,’ Ruthless Elemental Forces" - Gia Kourlas, New York Times

"David Neumann's beautiful dance-theater work...says some very loud things, very calmly" - Helen Shaw, Time Out New York

"A Perfect Storm: David Neumann learns patience in his new dance-theatre work." - Joan Acocella, The New Yorker

"The Long Journey" - Deborah Jowitt, DanceBeat

"Impressions Of: I Understand Everything Better" - Christine Jowers, The Dance Enthusiast

"In Which We Try To Understand Everything Better" - Alexander Thompson and Dan O'Neil, culturebot

"Helen Shaw’s Best Shows of 2015: The ones that should come back" - Helen Shaw, Divers Alarums