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Colorado Ballet will present Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project March 29 through March 31 at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Denver.
The Colorado Ballet presentation of the above ballet will be a milestone from several points of view. It will be a very emotional ballet, and I hope that all of you readers will realize how emotional a ballet can be. Do any of you remember Echoing of Trumpets or Romeo and Juliet? This ballet is divided into five sections, and each section uses music from five outstanding American composers: composer Steve Reich, Tehillin; Evelyn Glennie, Greatest Hits; Michael Gordon, Weather; Arvo Pärt, Tabularasa; Phillip Glass, Russell Davies Performs Phillip Glass.
The choreographer for this five-part ballet is Stephen Mills, and in a discussion concerning this ballet, he has been quoted as saying, “Art doesn’t change the world, people change the world, but art can be the catalyst for the discussion.” This ballet will make you think.
A portion of his biography reads:
“Known for his innovative and collaborative choreographic projects, Stephen Mills has works in the repertories of companies across the US and around the world. From his inaugural season as Artistic Director in 2000, Mills attracted attention from around the United States with his world-premiere production of Hamlet, hailed by Dance Magazine as ‘…sleek and sophisticated.” The Washington Post recognized Ballet Austin as “one of the nation’s best-kept secrets’ in 2004 after Ballet Austin performed Mills’ world premiere of The Taming of the Shrew, commissioned by and performed at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The Company was first invited to perform at Kennedy Center in January of 2002 with the Mills production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and at The Joyce Theater (NYC) in 2004. In 2005 after two years of extensive research, Mills led 13 organizations through a community-wide human rights collaboration that culminated in the world premiere work Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project. In 2006 Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project was awarded the Audrey & Raymond Maislin Humanitarian Award by The Anti-Defamation League.
“In 1998 Mills was the choreographer chosen to represent the U.S. through his work, Ashes, at the Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis in Paris. Most recently, Mr. Mills was awarded the Steinberg Award, the top honor at the Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur International Choreographic Competition for One/The Body’s Grace.”
According to the press release that I received:
“Light is set to the music of five contemporary composers including Philip Glass and Arvo Part. This one act contemporary ballet in five movements is inspired by the journey of one Holocaust survivor. Colorado Ballet will also include talkbacks after each performance of Light.
“‘Light exhibits a moving combination of artistry and human rights advocacy,’ said Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet Artistic Director. ‘The production is a powerful and emotional experience showcasing the triumph of the human spirit.’
“When it premiered in 2005, Light brought national attention to choreographer Stephen Mills. His original choreography turns the spotlight on discrimination.
“‘We are honored to bring Light to Denver audiences,’ Boggs said. ‘This is a work that touches the soul.’”
Performance Schedule and Ticketing Information for Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project:
Friday Mar 29, 2013 at 7:30 pm
Saturday Mar 30, 2013 at 2 pm
Saturday Mar 30, 2013 at 7:30 pm
Sunday Mar 31, 2013 at 2 pm
To purchase tickets, visit http://www.ColoradoBallet.org or call 303-837-8888 ext. 2.
About Colorado BalletEstablished in 1961 by Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker, Colorado Ballet is a non-profit organization celebrating 52 years of presenting world-class classical ballet and superior dance in Denver. Under the direction of Artistic Director Gil Boggs and Executive Director Marie Belew Wheatley, Colorado Ballet presents more than 50 performances annually. Colorado Ballet enhances the cultural life of Colorado through performances of the professional company, training at the Academy, and Education & Outreach programs.
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