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Carolyn Dorfman Dance’s “Traces”

With commissioned score by Svjetlana Bukvich, TRACES explores forces that create and change us. It is a dance about memory, history and now.

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“Traces” is Earning Rave Reviews- See the NYC Premiere This Weekend at LPAC!

Posted on April 15, 2016 by Carolyn Dorfman Dance

Traces premiered to rave reviews from audiences and critics alike on April 8, 2016 at NJPAC (New Jersey Performing Arts Center).

According to Robert Johnson, njarts.net, “Hope springs eternal in Carolyn Dorfman’s new Traces”.

For those who missed last weekend’s performance, Traces will be presented again on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 8 p.m. at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, Long Island City, NY. 

The dancers will illuminate the stage once more for what has been claimed by audiences to be, “a moving graphic feast of decline and redemption.”

For tickets and more information, visit lpac.nyc.

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Live Stream of “Traces” Rehearsal on Wednesday, March 16

Posted on March 15, 2016 by Carolyn Dorfman Dance

Carolyn, Svjetlana, and our other artistic collaborators have been working hard on Traces as we get ready for our World Premiere.

Get a “sneak peek” of our artistic process as we live stream rehearsal of Traces. Join us on Wednesday, March 16 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Click here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/LDGbRQV3geB to view the stream.

Want to see the whole work and more? Join us for an extraordinary evening of celebration and performances on April 8th for our 2016 Performance and Gala Benefit at NJPAC (New Jersey Performing Arts Center)!

To purchase your ticket, click here.

Overview

For Traces, Dorfman reunites with her stellar team of artistic collaborators from the acclaimed Interior Designs (2013): commissioned electronic and acoustic score by Svjetlana Bukvich, video design by Kate Freer (IMA), video mapping and interactive technology by Dave Tennent (IMA), costume design by Anna-Alisa Belous and new team members – set design by Ben Hobbs and lighting design by Marika Kent. All of these artists have a strong thematic line to memory, cultural exploration and human connection in their work. Traces will include 10 dancers and 4 musicians.

As in Interior Designs, LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (LPAC) has provided Lab and Creation Space grants, which provide rehearsal space in the theater for development, pre-tech for its premiere at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) and fully supported performance at LPAC. The World Premiere of Traces will be held at NJPAC, Newark, NJ, on April 8, 2016. The New York Premiere will take place at LPAC on April 16, 2016. Traces will also be performed in 2017 and beyond, with locations and dates TBD.

In collaboration with her designers, this episodic dance will juxtapose abstract images with narrative elements that shift from the individual to the collective, the personal to the global, and inner to external natural worlds. In Interior Designs, the entire theater was the stage, creating an immersive experience for the audience. Traces, too, will occur on stage and, at times, in the audience space. Image, music, and environment will combine with the dance to transport audiences through time, location and purpose. Projections will cross the screens and bodies of the dancers and sets will include hanging and standing pieces that create environments and props. Interactive technology will allow the dancers and set pieces to influence the visual landscape. It is key that through the technology and inanimate objects we continue to find the human element. Dorfman draws on the members of her multi-ethnic company as well as audience members in different venues for source material. In all, these personal and collective investigations inevitably reveal both distinctive and universal connections. Carolyn is driven by writer Wallace Stegner’s quote: “There is a sense in which we are all each other’s consequences.”

Genre-bending composer, Svjetlana Bukvich states, “Traces will feature an electro-acoustic score encompassing a vast range of musical vocabulary based on ancient Arabic and Hebrew codexes mixed with contemporary sound hybrids informed by American minimalism, progressive rock and German romanticism. Live instruments will mix with a pre-recorded electronic score by utilizing extended playing techniques enhanced by innovative tuning and cutting-edge sound synthesis in real time. Electronic harp, electric violin-viper, cello and world percussion instruments including a drum set will comprise the live component of the music.

Project Media

Interior Designs

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ID is a multidisciplinary work performed by 10 CDD dancers and 9 audience dancers. With its premiere at the Wilkins Theater/Kean University on April 13, 2013, it was selected for its dance, music and interdisciplinary complexity. With the entire theater as the stage all elements create an immersive environment and a dance that reveals the interior and exterior worlds of both performers and audience. Three starting points reveal very different dance/musical ideas-9:52 (full company); 20:39 (audience solo); 21:55- (video-mapping).

Sabih’s Dream
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Features: Svjetlana Bukvich

There is a point of levitation in a thoroughbred Arabian horse’s run when the rider needs to adjust the velocity of her gaze and find the still point on the horizon. The word in my mother tongue which describes this moment is “jezditi” which means “to touch the stars on a horse”. Out of this moment of kinetic and spiritual freedom grew Sabih – a polymicrotonal sympho-rock tone poem featuring strings with electronics, in tuning of my design woven with tempered intonation. Please listen at 2:40.

WAVES
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WAVES features live performance by virtuosic musicians and dancers who push the boundaries of their art forms: cellist Jessie Reagen Mann, multi-instrumentalist and human beat boxer Pete List and recorder player Daphna Mor. WAVES had its World Premiere on March 13, 2015 at NJPAC (New Jersey Performing Arts Center). WAVES can be viewed from the beginning, or from the following suggested viewing points: beat boxing duet (2:35); group section (10:15), and audience participation section (15:18).

Start and End Dates

04/08/201604/16/2016

Location

Newark, New Jersey

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Last update on April 15, 2016

Project Created By

Union, New Jersey
Carolyn Dorfman Dance connects life and dance in bold, athletic and dramatic works by Carolyn Dorfman and nationally renowned choreographers. The company’s 11 multi-ethnic and stunning dancers tap their unique talents to present high-energy and technically demanding dance that unleashes the powerful storytelling and imagery of its visionary creator. This distinctive combination takes audiences on intellectual…

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New York, New York

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