Carolyn Dorfman Dance and Ballet of National Theater Sarajevo Premiere “Alone/Together” A Virtual Collaboration

Wed, July 15, 2020 @ 3:00pm

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Over the past two months, two choreographers and 15 dancers have reached across the
Atlantic Ocean to create a short work, “Alone/Together,” which will be premiered on July 15,
via Facebook Premiere at 3:00 EDT or 21:00 CEST and then will be available on Facebook,
Instagram, and YouTube using @cdorfmandance and on Vimeo.

This virtual collaboration has come about because the coronavirus brought the world to a stop,
battering the economy, forcing a time of isolation and physical distancing, and for many, a loss
of work. Artists were particularly hard hit as performances were cancelled, rehearsals terminated,
and educational programs abruptly stopped or altered. The fragile dance community was
immediately affected because the spring heralds major performances, much-needed fundraising
galas, and intense preparation for summer dance initiatives and festivals, all of which were

This new way of life significantly influenced choreographers. Their space and environment for
their creations and work were set by apartments and houses. Their basic tools – dancers – were
now on the screens of their phones and computers.

But, at this time of great uncertainty and physical distancing, two artistic friends reached across
thousands of miles to create a work that reinforces the unifying power of dance and the triumph
of the human spirit. Carolyn Dorfman, the artistic director of the New York/New Jersey-based
Carolyn Dorfman Dance, and Belma Čečo Bakrač, the ballet choreographer of the National
Theater’s Sarajevo Ballet based in the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, have asked their
dancers to work with each other and with them to choreograph a piece that celebrates their
common bond.

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