Snap Crackle Pop (SNP), the historic collaboration between Carolyn Dorfman, Renée Jaworski, Co-Artistic Director of PILOBOLUS, and the dancers of Carolyn Dorfman Dance enjoyed a successful World Premiere on April 14, 2018. It took place during Carolyn Dorfman Dance’s 35th Anniversary Performance and Gala Benefit at NJPAC (New Jersey Performing Arts Center) followed by an encore performance on April 15th.
In this groundbreaking new work, Dorfman and Jaworski merged their signature styles to create a work about connection—past, present, and future. Delving into iconic American cultural experiences that create common bonds and shape us, they explored the phenomenon of commercial advertisements, the ever-changing socio-political events, the technological revolution and the evolution of human communication.
The score by virtuosic composer David Van Tiegham is a montage of various textures, text, commercial jingles and musical sources adeptly manipulated. Dorfman, Jaworski and Van Tieghem worked together, interviewing dancers, researching historical ideas and advertising jingles and formulating a structure and sound score that carries us through and across time. “David is a quiet, brilliant force” Dorfman explains. Renee and I wanted to share connection in various dimensions and David found a way to merge commercial memorabilia, political and social commentary, and sounds that connect us to the many facets of our outer and inner worlds. “
Snap Crackle Pop will tour exclusively with Carolyn Dorfman Dance for the next two years and become part of PILOBOLUS repertory in 2020. As mentioned above, as a historic event, it is the first time that PILOBOLUS has co-created a work with another company and that work will become a part of their repertory that they will take on tour as well. Other talented collaborators on this project included costumes designed by Anna-Alisa Belous, and lighting designed by Thom Weaver.
The work was co-commissioned by NJPAC (New Jersey Performing Arts Center) with generous support from PILOBOLUS and The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.