January, 2012Ballet Austin announces the leadership and Community Partners for Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project, a full-length contemporary ballet and Holocaust education initiative promoting the protection of human rights against bigotry and hate through arts, education, and public dialogue.
Ballet Austin’s production of Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project, March 23-25, 2012, will serve as the cornerstone of the human rights community collaboration running from Martin Luther King Jr. Day through Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), January 16 - April 19, with events/initiatives led by more than 40 community partner organizations.
Joining Ballet Austin as Lead Partners are Anti-Defamation League Austin, KLRU-TV, City of Austin, Austin Independent School District, and the Austin Police Department. Austin Tri-Chairs for Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project are Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Austin ISD Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen and Austin Chief of Police Art Acevedo.
Additional 2012 Community Partners include:
Austin Bat Cave
Austin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Austin Jewish Film Festival
Austin Film Society
Austin Police Department
Badgerdog Literary Publishing
Blanton Museum of Art
Chaddick Dance Theater
Congregation Agudas Achim
Congregation Beth Israel
Gay Lesbian Peace Officer Association
Human Rights Campaign
JCC School of Dance
Jewish Community Center of Austin
Jewish Community Relations Council
Jewish Family Services
Jewish Federation of Greater Austin
Kozmetsky Center of Excellence in Global Finance at St. Edward's University
Life Stories Alive
Psychology Beyond Borders
Temple Beth Shalom
The Long Center for the Performing Arts
Theater Action Project
TENT – Transgender Education Network of Texas
Umlauf Sculpture Garden
United to End Genocide
Violet Crown Cinema
Women and Their Work
For a list of Community Partner events, visit www.balletaustin.org/light
As one of the most resonant of Ballet Austin Artistic Director Stephen Mills’ works, Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project offers a timely reminder of the importance of the protection of human rights. When it premiered in 2005, Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project brought national attention to Ballet Austin, with recognition across the country including national reviews and restaging by the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre in 2009. Set to the music of five of the most important living composers, Mills' original choreography turns the spotlight on discrimination and the ultimate triumph of the human spirit. Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project earned Mills the Austin Anti-Defamation League's Audrey & Raymond Maislin Humanitarian Award. It was restaged by the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre in 2009.
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As distinctive and dynamic as the city it calls home, Ballet Austin welcomes audiences near and far to participate in its "classically innovative" vision for the democratization of dance. With a rich history spanning five decades, acclaimed productions, and one of the nation's largest classical ballet academies, the organization is poised for an even greater future. From their home at the Butler Dance Education Center and Community School in downtown Austin, Ballet Austin and artistic director Stephen Mills actively engage the community, dancers, and audiences alike. The New York Times proclaims Ballet Austin "a company with big ambitions" originating work that is "absorbing."
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