Motivated by a belief in the value of arts education and a commitment to the children of our community, inSIGHT Through Education and the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts have teamed to present LIGHT/ The Holocaust & Humanity Project, in support of educators’ efforts to enhance understanding of human rights. Florida is one of seven states that includes Holocaust education in its state standards, and nearly 2,000 Palm Beach County students in grades 7-12 will attend this week’s performance of LIGHT at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, November 6th.
LIGHT/ The Holocaust & Humanity Project explores the devastating outcomes of unlearned lessons revealed through the story of a Holocaust survivor. The internationally acclaimed dance work by Ballet Austin Artistic Director/Choreographer Stephen Mills, which debuted 10 years ago, brings heartbreaking beauty to the stage and a timely reminder that injustice to one is injustice to all. The full-length contemporary ballet is a multidisciplinary human rights project that also includes art, education and public dialogue. LIGHT seeks to promote discussion against bigotry, hate and bullying among all community groups.
Mills will work with a class of senior dance majors on their technique and provide instruction to live music accompaniment. This is a special opportunity for local students studying the performing arts to train with a world-class artistic director and choreographer.
WHEN: 12-1 p.m.
WHERE: Dreyfoos School of the Arts, 501 S. Sapodilla Ave., West Palm Beach, FL, 33401 *PLEASE NOTE: attendance at the Master Class at Dreyfoos School of the Arts requires advance arrangements with school district personnel. Please contact Heather Graulich at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-992-5083 for further information.
WHY: Mills, inspired by the true life story of Holocaust survivor Naomi Warren, created LIGHT as an artistic response to 9/11 and the idea of individual response to social injustices throughout the world. As he discusses in Ballet Austin’s Footnotes educational materials, “My hope is that this (ballet) sparks your interest, which in turn starts a conversation. People engaging in dialogue begin the process of positive change.”