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Kean Stage presents Carolyn Dorfman Dance

originally published: 01/24/2024

Kean Stage presents Carolyn Dorfman Dance

The Klezmer Sketch - Carolyn Dorfman Dance 2015. Photo by Daniel Hedden.

(UNION, NJ) -- Kean Stage presents Carolyn Dorfman Dance on Sunday, January 28 at 4:00pm and Monday, January 29 at 10:30am at Wilkins Theatre (1000 Morris Avenue) in Union. In commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, choreographer and master teacher Carolyn Dorfman, a child of Holocaust survivors, takes audiences on a powerful historical and cultural journey. With depth and reverence, Dorfman draws on the rich Jewish legacy, history, traditions, gestures, and music to create The Legacy Project: A Dance of Hope, a performance that is honestly personal yet powerfully universal.

“Each work is a ladle dipped into a historical cauldron of faith, loss, survival, and renewal. Each bears the mark of the trials and triumphs of my people and all peoples.” stated choreographer and founding Artistic Director Carolyn Dorfman.

Through powerful contemporary dance and interactive dialogue, The Legacy Project: A Dance of Hope, reveals a celebrated body of work that honors Dorfman’s Eastern European roots, tragedy of the Holocaust, Jewish heritage, and the immigrant experience. In commemorating the past, we confront the present and prepare for the future. This work speaks to our ongoing issues with immigration, acceptance of others and learning to acknowledge and celebrate both our uniqueness and common humanness.

All tickets for Carolyn Dorfman Dance are $30 and are available for purchase online or by contacting the Box Office at (908)737-7469. The Kean Stage Box Office is located in Wilkins Theatre (1000 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ) and is open Monday - Friday, 10:00am-3:00pm. Discounted tickets for seniors are available.

Carolyn Dorfman Dance explores the fullness of life and moves people to connect to our common humanness, build understanding, and face barriers together through innovative and expressive contemporary dance. Through the powerful choreography of founding Artistic Director Carolyn Dorfman and diverse artistic collaborators, CDD celebrates the trials and triumphs of the human story. The company's long history is a journey of growth, change, and innovation through storytelling and employment of multiethnic dancers skilled in reflecting our common social connections. Their one-of-a-kind dance experiences open dialogue, and create bridges between artist, audience, and each other. Through the creation of new work, live performance, education, and community programs, CDD moves minds, hearts, and bodies. They affirm the power of dance as a metaphor for life’s delicate balance; the individual and community existing in relation to one another in harmony and peace. CDD’s dance entertains, enlightens and encourages humans to engage in working towards a better today and a more equitable tomorrow.

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Kean Stage at Kean University educates, entertains and challenges audiences by presenting high-quality programs that reflect the diversity of the region and of the arts. These cultural offerings complement the intellectual life of the classroom for our students, increase opportunities for community engagement, and provide affordable access to the arts for New Jersey residents. Audiences of all ages are invited to enjoy a wide range of professional theatre, Broadway tours, dance performances, concerts, international films and family-friendly shows. In addition, Kean Stage encourages University students to attend events, and provides several opportunities to explore the performing arts through masterclasses, workshops, lectures, and employment opportunities as ushers, backstage technicians and box office staff.

Kean University, New Jersey’s urban research university, is a national institution of higher education recognized for its diversity, innovation and the social mobility of its graduates. Founded in 1855 as a teachers college, Kean has evolved into a thriving research university that supports students as they persist to graduation, give back to their communities and launch successful careers. Kean’s six colleges offer more than 50 undergraduate programs, six doctoral degree programs and more than 70 options leading to master’s degrees, professional diplomas or certifications, across a full range of academic subjects. With campuses in Union, Toms River and Manahawkin, New Jersey, and Wenzhou, China, as well as Kean Online, the University provides students of all backgrounds an affordable and accessible world-class education.



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