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Ballet Austin presents 'Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project'

Sun, January 15, 2012 • Various

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"Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project" is a full-length contemporary ballet and Holocaust education partnership that promotes the protection of human rights against bigotry and hate through arts, education, and public dialogue. Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project returns to Austin in 2012 from Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 15) through Yom HaShoah or Holocaust Remembrance Day (April 19), with events/initiatives led by more than 30 community partners.

One of the most talked about Ballet Austin works, Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project brings heartbreaking beauty to the stage and a timely reminder that injustice to one is injustice to all. This multi-media, community-wide human rights arts project includes a lecture series, multi-genre art and educational programming, and the art of dance as you have never seen it before.

Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project is an evening-length ballet that explores the issues surrounding the Holocaust. The work explores human suffering in the face of genocide, as well as people’s capacity to survive and flourish as individuals and as a community. Set to the music of five of the most important living composers, Mills' original choreography turns the spotlight on discrimination and triumph of the human spirit.

In 2005 after two years of extensive research, Ballet Austin Artistic Director Stephen Mills led 13 organizations through a community-wide human rights collaboration that culminated in the world premiere work Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project. The piece brought national attention to Ballet Austin and choreographer Stephen Mills, with recognition across the country including national reviews and restaging by the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. In 2006, Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project was awarded the Austin Anti-Defamation League's Audrey & Raymond Maislin Humanitarian Award.

Concept/Choreography by Stephen Mills

Music by Steve Reich, Evelyn Glennie, Michael Gordon, Arvo Part, Philip Glass

“…a masterful exposition on one of history’s darkest episodes.”
– Austin American-Statesman

Click here for a complete schedule of events.


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