Hailed for its elegance and power, New Jersey’s Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company celebrates its 30th anniversary as it presents high-energy and technically demanding repertory works that use movement as metaphor to take audiences on what one reviewer described as “intellectual and emotional journeys.”
As part of its “Backstage Pass” performances, the audience will be treated to an interactive afternoon with Carolyn and the dancers while experiencing several of CDDC’s well known works to include:
• Keystone — Set to classic songs by Rufus Wainwright, Louis Armstrong, and Jamie Randolph, Keystone is a duet that explores the endurance of relationships and the concept of staying power in a world that continues to embrace fast digital communication that is not aligned with the human pulse or true intimacy.
• Cercle d’Amour — Cercle d’Amour opens a dialogue on love that invites audiences to think, laugh, and enjoy and explores the visual and movement metaphors evoked by a resonant and versatile prop — brilliant red hula-hoops. Featuring music by Andy Tierstein, this ensemble work illuminates various aspects of relationships including play, competition, and fantasy.
• Narcoleptic Lovers — Narcoleptic Lovers was originally choreographed in 1995 by the talented and witty Doug Elkins, who described it as a series of letters to former lovers. Using his signature eclectic movement vocabulary, the work draws on modern, hip-hop, ballet and martial arts with an equally broad range of music – Mozart, hip-hop by Urban Species and spoken word samples of Lenny Bruce.
This will be a narrated performance by Ms. Dorfman and the audience will have the opportunity to engage with the dancers as well.
CDDC’s high-energy and technically demanding repertory uses movement as metaphor to take audiences on what one reviewer described as “intellectual and emotional journeys.”
The company is led by the dynamic vision of Artistic Director Carolyn Dorfman and her creative drive to communicate human experiences, interactions perceptions, and truths. CDDC’s eleven members compose a uniquely talented contemporary dance ensemble. The Company is highly acclaimed for its artistic excellence and range as well as its extraordinary ability to communicate to audiences about dance and the creative process. CDDC appears at major theaters, dance festivals, and universities regionally , nationally and internationally.
The company has also been hailed for its “elegance and power” and “technical ability,versatility, and inner fire.” CDDC presents new and repertory works by Ms. Dorfman and nationally known choreographers, regularly commissions original scores, and forges artistic collaborations.
With cohesive artistic and educational programming, the Company works on and off the stage to bring contemporary dance to its audiences. In concert performances of Company premieres and repertory works, CDDC engages audiences with its artistry. Through family and school-time performances, meet-the-artists events, post-performance discussion, and open rehearsals, CDDC engages audiences in the creative process. The Company’s unique master classes and teacher training workshops meld process and performance for the next generation of artists and educators.