Conversations, Volume 3: Carolyn Dorfman
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Join host Allen Maniker as he interviews Carolyn Dorfman, Detroiter, choreographer and founding Artistic Director of Carolyn Dorfman Dance.
CAROLYN DORFMAN, choreographer and founding Artistic Director Carolyn Dorfman Dance (CDD) is known as a creator of evocative dances that reflect her concerns about the human condition. Born and raised in the Detroit area, she is a multi-award-winning artist and civic leader that creates “worlds” into which the audience can enter. Hailed as the consummate storyteller, Dorfman, a child of Holocaust survivors, has also created a celebrated body of work that honors her Jewish legacy, its trials and triumphs, its treasured uniqueness and, most importantly, its universal connections. Her interdisciplinary and intercultural approach on the stage and in the community explores the rich tapestry of human experience, tradition and stories. Touring nationally and internationally, her 10-member, multi-ethnic company, appears at major theaters, festivals, universities and non-traditional performance venues. Entering its 39th season, DEPTH (Dance that Empowers People To be more Human) is at the heart of the company’s artistic and educational programming. Through that lens, CDD presents immersive performance and teaching residencies that take the company into diverse communities to share art and process that can build cross-cultural understanding. A former Assistant Professor of Dance at Centenary College, Dorfman is a master teacher and guest artist/lecturer at major universities, pre-professional and professional training programs across the U.S. and abroad. In November 2017, she was the featured cover story in the Dance Teacher Magazine entitled “Making Dance a Dialogue”. Across New Jersey, New York City, the country and the globe, Carolyn Dorfman and Company see dance as a vehicle for positive social action and change. Multiple tours to Poland and Bosnia and Herzegovina have been supported by The Trust for Mutual Understanding, U.S. Arts International and the U.S. State Department, all valuing the art and programming that builds human connection and community
Allen Maniker, M.D. is a graduate of the Juilliard School with a BFA in dance. He went on to perform with Bat Dor of Israel, The Joyce Trisler Danscompany, The Sophie Maslow Dance Company, a guest season with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and several other New York contemporary dance companies. After finishing his performing career, he went on to obtain an M.D. degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit Michigan, his hometown. He recently retired as Chairman of Neurosurgery at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital and Professor of Neurosurgery at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He currently works as a docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and he is on the Board of the Martha Hill Dance Fund as well as Chairman of the Board of the Steps Beyond Foundation.