Carolyn Dorfman Dance performing Echad in 2002
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State of the Arts has featured the renowned Carolyn Dorfman Dance several times over the years. In fact, this week's new episode visits Carolyn Dorfman and her company as they rehearse and perform her first socially-distanced work. For this week's archive selection, we look back to 2002, when she created Echad.

"Every work that I create starts from a concept," says Carolyn. Echad, the Hebrew word for "one," was the inspiration behind her 2002 work, which is focused on both the "oneness of the individual, and the oneness of the community." Echad was influenced by Carolyn's Jewish roots, and her family history as the child of Holocaust survivors. As she discusses in our story, the work was created shortly after her visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. 

The choreographer collaborated closely with composer Greg Wall on the creation of Echad. Greg is also interviewed in the story, describing the role that the symbolism of the wheel shown in the image above played in his music.
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