Colorado Ballet hosts kickoff event for Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project

Colorado Ballet hosts kickoff event for Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project

Sanya Andersen-Vie - January 4, 2013

Colorado Ballet will host a kickoff event for Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project, an educational partnership that promotes the protection of human rights through arts, education and public dialogue at 11:15 a.m. on January 15 in the Joy Burns Plaza at the University of Denver’s Newman Center for the Performing Arts.  Light will take place from January 15 through Holocaust Remembrance Week in mid-April.

The kickoff event will include welcoming remarks from event co-chairs Marie Belew Wheatley and Cheri Rubin and recognition of honorary chairs Governor John W. Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock.  Lead Partners including the Anti-Defamation League, Rocky Mountain PBS, Mizel Museum and the University of Denver Holocaust Awareness Institute will also make brief comments.  The event will conclude with the unveiling of two public service announcements and closing remarks.

More than 85 Community Partners of Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project have joined the Lead Partners by sponsoring events which will address hate, bullying, discrimination, genocide, civil rights and equality.  These events include visual and performance art productions, public lectures, school programs on anti-bullying, and Holocaust remembrance programs as well as more than a dozen collaborative projects involving multiple Community Partners.

Colorado Ballet will perform Light /The Holocaust & Humanity Project, a one act contemporary ballet in five movements March 29-31 at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts.  When it premiered in 2005, Light brought national attention to choreographer Stephen Mills.  The ballet is based on the life of a Holocaust survivor and highlights the triumph of the human spirit.

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About Colorado Ballet
Established in 1961 by Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker, Colorado Ballet is a non-profit organization celebrating 52 years of presenting world-class classical ballet and superior dance in Denver.  Under the direction of Artistic Director Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet presents more than 50 performances annually. Colorado Ballet enhances the cultural life of Colorado through performances of the professional company, training at the Academy, and Education & Outreach programs.