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About ABG

About

I Understand Everything Better  From left, John Gasper, David Neumann and Jennifer Kidwell at Abrons Arts.

I Understand Everything Better From left, John Gasper, David Neumann and Jennifer Kidwell at Abrons Arts.

 
 

David Neumann/Advanced Beginner Group embarks on each piece through an organic process begun from scratch, bringing to word, action, and proximity a delighted embrace of our contradictory lives. Contradiction is best felt through humor and it is with a strategic use of humor that the work confronts our darker impulses and actions. ABG searches for antidotes to the absolutes that separate us, and so create these works as an irrational response to our perceived place in the universe. 

In each work, Neumann attempts to uncover a distinct and complex view of the human experience. He embraces contradiction and juxtaposition as a means toward an active engagement with the audience where performer and observer alike are given the potential to find themselves in a more alert state, more open to the subtleties of their day-to-day experience. To even approach this desired complexity, the work is necessarily multi-disciplinary, as Neumann aims the various approaches and disciplines toward one another, and through their collisions, bend the habitual gestures around new shapes. 

As a dance/theater maker, Neumann focuses his efforts on the borders of the intellectual and the phenomenological, the representational and the abstract, and the personal and the cosmological with the intention to make blurry our desire to live inside distinct categories, binaries, and absolutes. David Neumann and Advanced Beginner Group desire an awakened state, full of surprise, wonder, and humor without ignoring our pain, ennui, and existential longings.

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Advanced Beginner Group is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Board of Directors

Dr. Pamela Barton

Amanda Brandes

Sue Killam

David Neumann

Margo Sweany

Staff

Artistic Director - David Neumann

Administrative Director - Amanda Brandes

Producer - Boo Froebel