Ballet about Holocaust battles wider intolerance

Associated Press
This undated photo provided by Ballet Austin shows dancers with Ballet Austin performing Light/The Holocaust Project, a dance performance about intolerance and genocide. Ballet Austin Artistic Director Stephen Mills created the dance after interviewing survivors of the Nazi Holocaust, which killed 6 million Jews by the end of World War II. Ballets that wish to host or perform Light/The Holocaust Project must agree to a public anti-bigotry campaign in their communities.(AP Photo/Ballet Austin, Tony Spielberg)
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' Ballet Austin is taking a performance about intolerance and the Holocaust on an international tour, visiting Miami, Washington and Israel over the next year.

The original work is called "Light/The Holocaust and Humanity Project." Choreographer Stephen Mills said he was inspired by Holocaust survivors, but he wants the abstract ballet to be about all forms of intolerance and bigotry.

The music by Steve Reich, Evelyn Glennie, Michael Gordon, Arvo Part, and Philip Glass.

Everywhere the ballet is performed, civil rights groups run a month-long educational program beforehand to teach about the dangers of hatred and bullying.

Ballet Austin performs the work next month in Miami before traveling to Washington's Kennedy Center in June and three cities in Israel next September. The Colorado Ballet is performing the work in March.

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