In Cat’s Cradle, Dorfman incorporates music and lyrics written by Ilse Weber, a “resident of Theresiendstadt” and performed by Bente Kahan, a brilliant Jewish-Norwegian artist and vocalist. The full company work is centered on three women with yarn. The yarn is both a metaphor for extraordinary stories of her family and the reality of her mother and her two sisters who knitted while telling their tales and thus knit the family together across generations. It is, in the end, a piece about connection and memory…past, present and future.
Choreography by Carolyn Dorfman
Lyrics Ilse Weber
Music by Ilse Weber and Bente Kahan
Additional music/lyrics by Karel Svenk
Music Performance by Bente Kahan on her album Voices from Theresienstadt
Lighting Design by Sean J. Perry
Costumes by Katherine Winter
Cat’s Cradle was made possible, in part, by a grant from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the NJ State Council on the Arts/ Department of State. Special thanks to Terrence Tullgren for his artistic support, inspiration and dear friendship.