July 15-19, 2024
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the legacy project


The Legacy Project: Extraordinary art and process that celebrates culture and legacy and builds bridges within and across communities.

Carolyn Dorfman Dance honors her Jewish legacy, its trials and triumphs, treasured uniqueness and precious commonalities across cultures and the globe. Among Ms. Dorfman’s preeminent works is the Legacy Project, a celebrated body of compositions that merge live dance, multimedia presentation and interactive dialogue to honor faith, survival and renewal as the cornerstones of her Eastern European roots and Jewish heritage.

As a child of Holocaust survivors, Dorfman reveals her heritage through dance stories that interweave the common threads of our humanity. The Legacy Project explores the rich tapestry of human experience and tradition through interdisciplinary and intercultural collaboration.

The Legacy Project programming utilizes not only narrated performances, but also master classes, lecture/performances, workshops and panel discussions to explore themes of immigration, equality, and humanity through the powerful universal language of dance.

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the legacy project repertory

mayne mentshn (my people)

full evening work

“Mayne Mentshn marks its creator, Carolyn Dorfman, as an epic storyteller.” -The Daily Record

Carolyn Dorfman created Mayne Mentshn as a tribute to her family, from her nuclear and extended family, to the human race at large. It is about a spirit and passion for life, people and truth. It is about life, death, survival and renewal.

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23 minutes

“(Tikkun) uses the Jewish concept of healing the world to investigate the future. Its Jewish identity lies only in its title; universality is the point.”-The Forward

Tikkun is the bridge between the past and the future and is the natural progression for The Legacy Project because Tikkun encourages the audience to look forward and consider the future.

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echad (one)

30 minutes

“…intense, abstract and engrossing… Echad has riveting power…” -The Observer Tribune

ECHAD, the Hebrew word for “One”, refers to the power of one community; the uniqueness or oneness of each individual and the delicate balance between the two, that is the essence of our humanity.

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12 minutes

“The men and women of Odisea are unmistakable refugees who become optimistic pioneers as the dance subtly builds.”-The New York Times

With Odisea, choreographer Carolyn Dorfman continues her explorations of the Jewish legacy. The work chronicles the physical, emotional, and spiritual journey of twenty-three Jews leaving persecution in Recife, Brazil in 1654 and their journey and ultimate landing on American soil in New Amsterdam (New York City).

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full evening work

“Dorfman, Kahan Collaboration Bears Emotionally Charged Fruit”

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.

cat's cradle

20 minutes

“Chilling in its impact, yet buoyed by the love shared by the narrators, Cat’s Cradle tells a story that theatergoers will not forget.” –The Star Ledger

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.

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cries of the children

21 minutes

Ms. Dorfman calls "Cries" the "second-generation response" to the Holocaust and regards the work as a form of "collective memory," linking present and future generations to a lost humanity and culture. Barbara Gilford- The New York Times

Cries of the Children was Dorfman’s first, but not last, work that dug deep into her roots as a child of Holocaust survivors. Bridging past and present, she explores the pain of “the witness of the witness” and speaks not about the survivors, but about the questions and pain of their children. 

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