As Artistic Director of Advanced Beginner Group, David Neumann has presented his work in a number of prominent New York venues as well as at the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis and MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts. As both a performer and choreographer, he works in theatre, opera, and film, and he teaches as part of the theater faculty at Sarah Lawrence College and as a guest lecturer at the Yale School of Drama. In addition to his collaborations with such directors as Hal Hartley, Laurie Anderson, Lee Breuer, and JoAnn Akalaitis, he has created two duets for himself and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Tough the Tough was originally created in 2005 as an evening-length group work, and Neumann later adapted the material for this solo. It was presented at the Pillow as part of a shared program with Jodi Melnick.