Echoes (2008)
“Dorfman, Kahan Collaboration Bears Emotionally Charged Fruit”

Carolyn Dorfman and company join forces with Norwegian, Jewish actress/vocalist, Bente Kahan in an evening of dance, music and theater that embraces the best of Dorfman and Kahan’s individual repertoires and cabaret-style intimacy and features their newest collaboration. SILENT ECHOES, is an integration of Dorfman’s tour de force, Cat’s Cradle, Kahan’s powerful one woman theater piece, Voices of Theresienstadt, new choreography, live music and text. They blur the lines between art forms as they continue their individual and collective explorations of their common heritage and vision.

Performing with Carolyn Dorfman Dance, 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, where with depth, humor and reverence, she draws on history, philosophy, traditions, gestures, music and liturgy to create work that is honestly personal yet powerfully universal.

Consummate storytellers, they dip into the historical “cauldron” of faith, survival and renewal to reveal a celebrated body of work that honors their Eastern European Jewish heritage and reveals their inner worlds as children of survivors of the Holocaust.

“Together, they are creating works that are charged — emotionally and intellectually. Kahan’s rich, tender renderings mingled fear with hope, despair with a communal caring.” – DAILY GAZETTE

“With those songs as the foundation, Dorfman, whose parents were survivors of the Holocaust, made plain Kahan’s undercurrent of sadness with unflinching tableaux — a woman caught in a snare, bodies collapsing after chores and cheery vaudevillian skits that ended by dropping dead.” – DAILY GAZETTE

Full program details available upon request

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