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2
Jun
2020

Dear Carolyn Dorfman Dance Community,

As an African American woman from Philadelphia who grew up in the turbulent, rebellious 1960’s and saw many great cities burn (including my own), watching all of the demonstrations and “burnings” happen again over the weekend has left me speechless, angry for sure, and just incredibly sad. I am particularly sad because the circumstances that ignited these demonstrations across the US (even the world) is based on an unchanging system of oppression and racism, where police cruelty leads to the maiming and/or murder of unarmed, innocent Black men.

As the Executive Director of Carolyn Dorfman Dance, and incidentally one of the few People of Color leading a Majority arts organization in NJ, on behalf of Carolyn Dorfman and our multi-racial, multi-ethnic company of dancers, Board of Trustees and staff, we want you to know that we stand in solidarity with the peaceful demonstrators and people letting their voices and pain be heard and seen around the world. We are meeting with our whole organization tomorrow, and will issue, a message representative of the whole organization over the next few days.

Carolyn Dorfman, as a child of Holocaust survivors, has always been concerned about the human condition which is reflected in her emotionally resonant dance works. Carolyn Dorfman Dance stands with all of our brother and sisters in the struggle and desire to become part of the solution once things calm down.

We firmly believe in the James Baldwin quote that “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.

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Anita Thomas
Executive Director
  Carolyn Dorfman
Founder/Artistic Director

 

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