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On April 19, 2016

Daniel Madoff

Daniel was a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 2007 to its conclusion in 2011. He initially joined as an pleasure of working closely with Mr. Cunningham on four new creations and many reconstructions, often performing the roles Merce created for himself. He also had the Cunningham’s earliest solos, “Totem Ancestor” which he rehearsed extensively with Merce.
Before arriving at MCDC, Daniel was briefly a member of the Martha Graham Dance Company. Daniel received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from SUNY Purchase in June Balanchine, Merce Cunningham and Kazuko Hirabayashi. Before that, he trained at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. Tisch School of the Arts, and Carver Center for the Performing Arts. In 2005, he traveled to Mexico to dance the role of “Mephisto” in Ms. Hirabayashi’s “Faust.”
In 2006, he helped to re-stage the male quartet from Paul Taylor’s, “Cloven Kingdom,” which he performed in Hong Kong. In 2010, he assisted in the reconstruction of, “Sacred Things,” by Wallie Wolfgruber at Purchase College. In 2012, he set a Cunningham “MinEvent” in Paris, on students of the New York Dance International Summer Program under the direction of Kazuko Hirabayashi.
Daniel teaches technique classes at the Merce Cunningham Dance Studio, and has taught master classes and workshops in New York, Washington D.C., Paris, Mexico City and Beijing.
He has been hailed by the New York Times as a “live-wire, always keenly alert,” a dancer of, “striking stretch and control,” “vividly evok[ing] the rapid reversals, slow turns of the head and commanding use of the eyes that for many years were distinctive characteristics of Cunningham himself.” Elsewhere he has been described as, “stunning,” “exceptional,” “excellent,” “superlative,” having “wonderous strength and composure,” and “impeccable musicality.” He continues to dance for Kazuko Hirabayashi, Nelly van Bommel, Christopher Williams and Pam Tanowitz.

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