Photo by Julie Lemberger
“I am a child of survivors, so I think about the Holocaust every day,” said Carolyn Dorfman at the recent “In the Spirit of Terezín Artists” dance showcase at the 92nd Street Y. “My family’s trauma and triumph comes out in my dances. It is impossible to escape it.”
Dorfman’s “Cat’s Cradle” was one of seven pieces presented in the program on January 20, commemorating the artists of the Terezín concentration camp. The performance was part of a five-week series, “Will to Create, Will to Live: The Culture of Terezín,” which continues through February 16.
Devised by the Nazis in 1941 to hold Jews from occupied Bohemia before their deportation to Auschwitz, the Terezín camp held a large number of visual artists, musicians and poets whose creations endured after the war. The performance consisted of original choreography by Dorfman, Dana Boll, Aviva Geismar and Laura Shapiro, and two works by the famed Anna Sokolow restaged by Samantha Geracht Meyers and Ze’eva Cohen. These pieces honored the legacy of Terezín, exploring themes of struggle and survival.