“A provocative brew of cruelty and comedy boiled in two new dances by Aviva Geismar. Geismar’s dead-on understanding of social realities is like a poke in the ribs… In life and in Geismar’s dances, tragedy and comedy can be hard to sort out.” – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2006, Tom Strini

Drastic Action (DA) is a New York-based contemporary dance company founded in 1990 under the direction of Aviva Geismar. DA creates and performs thought-provoking dance that often treads the delicate line where comedy and tragedy meet. Between 2006 and 2010, the company led Dances for the Blue House and Dancing to Connect, two performance and education programs throughout schools in Germany, developed in partnership with the Battery Dance Company. The company has performed at Inside/Out at Jacob’s Pillow, Danspace Project, Dance Theater Workshop, Dance New Amsterdam, Wilhelma Theater, and Haus der Berliner Festspiele. The company has received support from LMCC’s MCAF, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by LMCC. NYCDCA, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, John and Jody Arnhold Foundation.

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