Ballet about Holocaust battles wider intolerance

CHRIS TOMLINSON Associated Press Published:

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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