“I am a narrative choreographer, profoundly influenced by the theatrical masks of tragedy and comedy. I have choreographed works that deal with personal, social, political and spiritual transformation for forty-five years.
At the age of seventy-seven, I am horrified at the continued proliferation of weapons of death, the alarming human birth-rate, the financial inequality among people, the devastation of much of the environment and the imminently dangerous climate crisis.
If human beings continue on this path, often spurred on by ignorant and dangerous demi-gods, this will represent the greatest act of immorality and stupidity that a species could commit.
By the end of the century thousands of species will be extinct, and millions of our own dead.
As an artist, you know the relationship between new ideas and creations and the evolution of life itself – SPEAK OUT, by any means possible, as I am doing here.
It is time for all people who believe the earth is not only the cradle of life but the womb itself, to act.
As indigenous peoples throughout the world know, the earth is a sacred place and we are its custodians.”
-- Danny Grossman
Danny Grossman was born in San Francisco in 1942. In 1963, he joined the Paul Taylor Dance Company and spent the next 10 years performing and touring with the company. In 1973, Grossman joined Toronto Dance Theatre in Canada, and became a faculty member at York University. In 1975, he choreographed Higher to tremendous praise leading to the formation of the Danny Grossman Dance Company in 1977. Grossman has since created a repertoire of more than 60 works, touring across Canada and internationally. His choreography has been in the repertoire of Toronto Dance Theatre, The Paris Opera Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, and The National Ballet of Canada and has also been performed by modern dance training institutions such as Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, New York State Summer School of the Arts, Adelphi University, City College of New York, Brown University, York University, School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Ryerson University, and Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre. Grossman has been the recipient of numerous awards including the prestigious Toronto Arts Council Foundation’s William Kilbourn Lifetime Achievement Award and was recently inducted into the Canadian Dance Collection Danse Encore! Hall of Fame. In 2008, the company embarked on a new initiative, the Danny Grossman Dance Foundation, as a means of reconstructing and licensing his repertoire. The Grossman repertoire has been represented at NYSSSA for almost thirty years, and has added immeasurably to both students and faculty who have had the rich experience of dancing these works. In June of 2018, in honor of his 75th birthday, Danny presented a full evening of his own works, including 3 world premieres.
Hear the Lambs a Cryin'
This Is Heaven to Me
Labour of Love - Entire Show
Curious Schools of Theatrical Dancing:
Part 1 (excerpt)
Review of Danny's Latest Show:
Labour of Love
-by Deidre Kelly
"It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop"
Photo: Cylla Von Tiedemann