David Neumann / Advanced Beginner Group
I Understand Everything Better


April 15-25, 2015


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 GasperJennifer Kidwell. Lighting Design: Chloe Brown and Christine Shallenberg. Set Design: Mimi Lien.

“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