Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company presents The Legacy Project: Echoes
The Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company (CDDC) joins forces with Norwegian, Jewish actress/vocalist, Bente Kahan as they complete The Legacy Project: Echoes, featuring additional repertory and the premiere of Ms. Dorfman's "Tikkun." Dorfman and Kahans Jewish Legacy work draws rave reviews nationally and internationally. This seasons New York performances at Dance Theater Workshop and The Museum of Jewish Heritage will be highlighted by featured performances, master classes and lectures at the 30th Anniversary of the Review of Stage Songs Festival on March 23, 2009 at the Opera House in Wroclaw, Poland. The two year project culminates with the full evening work at NYU Tisch School for the Arts May 29th and 30th, and will continue on tour throughout the U.S. in 2009-2011.
The Legacy Project: Echoes is an evening of dance, music and theater that embraces the best of Dorfman and Kahans individual repertoires, cabaret-style intimacy and their newest collaboration. Performing with CDDC, Kahan becomes the weaver of tales alternating between her own songbook of Ladino, Yiddish, English, German music and work from Dorfman's own Jewish Legacy Project. In Silent Echoes, Dorfman and Kahan integrate elements of her Dorfman's Cats Cradle, Kahan's one woman theater piece, Voices of Theresienstadt, new choreography, live music and text. Their desire to blur the lines between art forms is the impulse for this section as they continue their individual and collective explorations of their common heritage and vision.
The evening closes with the premiere of Dorfman's newest piece, Tikkun, set to a commissioned score by Greg Wall. "Tikkun" (To Repair) is the bridge between the past and the future and is the natural progression for The Legacy Project. Where earlier works and the 2008 premiere, Silent Echoes, challenges the audience to look at the past, Tikkun encourages us to confront the present and look to the future. In Tikkun, Dorfman explores the ways we separate or divide, bind or link, engage or disengage by using images of the fractured and broken, and moving to her signature way of interweaving individual bodies and the whole ensemble. Dorfman explains, As I look at the world, I am struck by our individual and collective uniqueness, and our absolute interconnections and interdependence. Our survival as the human race depends on our choices. In Tikkun, Dorfman looks at the world as it is and, ultimately, as it could be.
The issue of Tikkun has been central to Mr. Walls work for many years, especially in its kabalistic conception of reconciling opposing forces and creating a wholeness that is elevated far beyond the sum of the parts. In looking forward to this new collaboration with CDDC, Mr. Wall has said, I will create an environment in which they will interact with technology and traditional forms. Using composition as the musical strings and ropes needed to make new connections, the artists will be able to have a truly interactive experience with electronic "virtual" components. These virtual components will be manipulated in real-time, taking visual and sensory cues from the dancers and the audience. This insures a unique element to each performance, illustrating that the artistic process is ongoing. Bente Kahan will sing/appear in Tikkun, as well.
These performances are supported by the Tisch Summer Dance Residency Festival. The Department of Dance at New York Universitys Tisch School of the Arts offers one of the finest conservatory dance programs in the country. For six weeks each summer, Tisch Dance opens its doors and invites dancers from around the country to train with six of New Yorks hottest contemporary dance companies during the Tisch Summer Dance Residency Festival. Its an opportunity to dance in New York City, to experience new techniques and ways of moving, and to get to know these companies in an intimate setting that encourages discussion and creativity and provides a multi-leveled, kinetic, and aesthetic experience.
This production will also be part of the Festival of Jewish Theater and Ideas, produced by Untitled Theater Company #61. The festival consists of performances on Jewish themes at venues throughout the city.
The Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company, touring regionally, nationally, and internationally and lauded for its exceptional arts education and community programming is
supported in part by grants from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner of the NEA; The American Music Center Live Music for Dance Program; the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through US Artists International with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Trust for Mutual Understanding; the Karma Foundation; the Harkness Foundation for Dance; the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation; among other generous foundations, corporations, and individual donors committed to CDDC's artistry and programming.
CDDC dancers: Kyla Barkin, Mica Bernas, Jacqueline Dumas, Rob Fernandez, Jennifer Jones, Aaron Selissen, David (Chien Hui) Shen, Mark Taylor, Sarah Wagner, Anna Woolf, and Jon Zimmerman
Musicians: Jeremy Brown (violin), Patrick Farrell (accordion and piano), Aaron Alexander (percussion), Norbert Stachel (woodwinds) and Dave Richards (bass)
These performances include commissioned scores by Greg Wall and Cecelia Margules with costumes by Katherine Winter and Russell Aubrey and lighting design by Philip Trevino.
NYU Tisch School for the Arts
111 Second Avenue, 5th Floor Theatre
New York, NY 10003
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