Witness Relocation formed in 2000 and is led by director/ choreographer Dan Safer. The critically acclaimed company has created over ten original productions, engaged in a two year residency at the renowned Patravadi Theatre in Bangkok, Thailand, and performed in theaters, nightclubs, rock videos, and on a Thai TV Soap Opera. They are based in New York City, and work internationally. Their work has been described as, “magnificent” (The New Yorker) and, “like going to your first punk rock show in the 1980’s. It was raw, it was racy. The company has been compared to Pina Bausch, Richard Foreman, and the Wooster Group, but Witness Relocation’s mobilization of the element of uncertainty, the sheer physical vitality of the performers, and the mixture of genres puts them more in line with Andre Serban, Jan Fabre, Frank Castorf and David Bowie.” (Performing Arts Journal). The company’s production Dancing Vs. the Rat Experiment won three NY Innovative Theater Awards (Best Production, Sound, Choreography) and was nominated for three others (Best Ensemble, Lights, Costumes).
Dan Safer (WR artistic director) originally hails from the wild suburbs of New Jersey, and has directed / choreographed / adapted every WR show. His work has been presented all over, including Off-Broadway, La MaMa, Dance Theater Workshop (four consecutive seasons), The Ontological Theater, Patravadi Theatre (Bangkok), Theater Krudttonden (Denmark), the 2007 CUNY Prelude Festival, Dixon Place, Danspace Project; he has choreographed operas, rock videos and fashion shows, and wrote a seven episode serial play with Pulitzer winner David Lindsay-Abaire. Performer with Ridge Theater, Jane Comfort, John Moran, Mabou Mines, the Blacklips Performance Cult, Hong Kong choreographer Dick Wong, and others. He founded and directed the Bangkok Performance Boot Camp, is faculty at NYU, and teaches workshops across the US and Internationally. He was a 2007-9 recipient of the Six Points Fellowship (Performance) from the Foundation for Jewish Culture, and the winner of two NY Innovative Theater Awards. Artforum Magazine called him “pure expressionistic danger”. He used to be a go-go dancer, and once choreographed the Queen of Thailand’s Birthday Party.
Witness Relocation combines dance and theater with the energy of a rock show, exploding contemporary culture into intensely physical, outrageous, poetic, and sometimes brutal performances in order to question the assumptions of the modern day experience.