Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project
Ballet Austin
March 23rd through 25th
The Long Center for the Performing Arts

     With the restaging of their a full-length contemporary ballet Light/The Holocaust and Humanity Project, Ballet Austin will utilize the work as the cornerstone of a three-month, city-wide partnership promoting the protection of human rights against bigotry and hate through arts, education and public dialogue.  The community collaboration began on Monday with events on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and continue through Yom HaShoah - Holocaust Remembrance Day - on April 19th.
    In addition to the performances of Light on March 23rd through 25th at The Long Center, events and initiatives led by more than 40 community partners will take place across the community.  Lead partners joining Ballet Austin are Anti-Defamation League Austin, KLRU-TV, the City of Austin, Austin Independent School District and the Austin Police Department.
     As one of the more resonant Ballet Austin works created by Artistic Director Stephen Mills, Light/The Holocaust and Humanity Project premiered in 2005 - bringing national attention to the Austin ballet company including national reviews and a restaging by the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre in 2009.  Set to the music of five of the most important living composers - Steve Reich, Evelyn Glennie, Michael Gordon, Arvo Part and Philip Glass - Mills' original choreography turns the spotlight on discrimination and triumph of the human spirit.  
     Light will return with performances on March 23rd and 24th at 8 p.m. and March 25th at 3 p.m.  The 75-minute ballet is performed at The Long Center, without intermission.  Tickets range from $15 to $74 and are available by calling (512) 476-2163 or online at www.BalletAustin.org.
    For a complete list of all community partner events surrounding Light/The Holocaust and Humanity Project, visit online at www.BalletAustin.org/light.
(Photos by Amitava Sarkar)
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