CONCEPT/CHOREOGRAPHY: Stephen Mills | MUSIC: Steve Reich, Evelyn Glennie, Michael Gordon, Arvo Pärt and Philip Glass
"Light /The Holocaust & Humanity Project is a story of survival. Situated during the catastrophic events of the Holocaust, this work strives to illustrate the courage, resilience, and sometimes pure luck required to endure and rebuild life after unimaginable and devastating loss. I am grateful to Naomi Warren and the many survivors who shared their testimony during the creation of this work. I am forever changed by this knowledge and hope that by my sharing Naomi's story, others will be affected to fight indifference and intolerance when witnessed. Past is present and not to be forgotten." – Stephen Mills
We come together as a community to explore answers to the following questions:
How are the issues of the Holocaust relevant in our community today?
What is our responsibility when confronted by acts of bigotry and hate?
What actions can we take to promote understanding in our community?
In the fall of 2015, Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project traveled to a yet another community, bringing its important message of understanding, compassion and tolerance to audiences at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida. Since its world premiere in Austin in April 2005, Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project has traveled to Pittsburgh in 2009, culminating in performances by the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. The project returned to Austin in 2012, with 46 community partners engaged in the community collaboration. The City of Miami hosted the project next in late 2012, with performances and community dialogue hosted by The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. And in 2013, Denver, Colorado, welcomed Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project with performances by the Colorado Ballet, which was followed by the international debut of the work through a three-city tour to Israel fall 2013.
In 2018, Light travels to yet another U.S. city as the Nashville Ballet is set to perform Mills' signature work Feb. 9-11 at TPAC's Polk Theater.
Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project continues to engage audiences worldwide in this important dialogue while making an indelible impression on the individuals who experience it and the community leaders, presenters and artists who make it possible.
The Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project YouTube Channel houses several videos surrounding this full-length contemporary ballet and community-wide educational initiative including Artistic Director Stephen Mills' TEDxSMU 2010 speech on Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project.
In 2005, Light / The Holocaust and Humanity Project was featured in KLRU's "Arts In Context: Ballet Austin's Light / The Holocaust and Humanity Project," which won a Emmy Award. In 2012, KLRU won a second Emmy Award for its documentary "Producing Light," both of which can be viewed below and on the YouTube channel.