Ballet about Holocaust Battles Intolerance

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Within a small rectangle of light, nearly a dozen dancers writhed and convulsed on the stage, pressed together by imaginary walls denoting some kind of death chamber.

For 12 minutes, a deafening air raid siren reverberates through the theater, as one-by-one the dancers fall out of the light, and roll into the darkness. The abstract scene with its single spotlight could represent a church in Rwanda, a labor camp in Cambodia or a gas chamber in Europe.

Choreographer Stephen Mills said his ballet, entitled “Light/The Holocaust and Humanity Project,” is about all of those places — and any place — where intolerance turns into violence and genocide.

October 25, 2012
Associated Press