Dorfman, as teacher, father figure, taskmaster, ran among them or stood apart, cajoling and bullying them into submission. "Don't look at me, look at each other," he'd yell, in the most obnoxious, annoying, teacherly way. "Touch each other. I didn't say push, I said touch!"
This role-playing verbalizer is a surrogate of a "Papa" character who's made appearances before in Dorfman's work. In a long talking-dancing solo he played the child within the father, and the father who berates and laments his father, running and falling and rolling in rebellion and fond remembrance. Then he went right back to being the dancers' boss and lifeline.
Disavowal was supposed to have something to do with the abolitionist martyr John Brown, but I couldn't pluck that information out of the many other narratives and game structures and portrayals in the piece.
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