The What Dance

Directed by Eben Hoffer

Script Collaborator - Chloe Brown

Additional Text by Isaac Hoffer

Featuring - Nathaniel Basch-Gould, Eben Hoffer, Isaac Hoffer, Nick Trotta, Joseph Wolfslau

Lights - Mike Faba

Sound - Eben Hoffer

Set & Costume - Joseph Wolfslau

Dramaturgy - Nick Trotta


Based on the works of Russian iconoclast Daniil Kharms, The What Dance is a play about one man’s attempt to deliver a letter to his local post office. Along the way, he encounters extreme but unremarkable challenges to his path. Friendships bloom and crumble, stomach aches rise and fall, watches are treasured and broken, and an old woman falls out of a window, over and over. The What Dance is lushly scored and tightly choreographed with everyday motions shined to an unnatural gleam. It is a set of problems. It attempts to leap about; its trousers are not well suited.

The What Dance is a devised piece that was created through an intensive workshop and rehearsal process. The play premiered in March 2012 at the Bushwick Starr as part of the Target Margin Theater’s Last Futurist Lab. It was produced a second time at The Brick in May 2014.


Photo credit: Hunter Canning (2014)