Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project is a full-length contemporary ballet and Holocaust education partnership that promotes the protection of human rights against bigotry and hate through arts, education and public dialogue.
Since its world premiere in Austin in April 2005, Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project travelled to Pittsburgh in 2009 from September-November, culminating in performances by the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. The project returned to Austin in 2012 from January-March with 46 community partners engaged in the community collaboration. The City of Miami next hosted the project late 2012 from August-November with performances and community dialogue hosted by The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Denver, Colorado welcomed Light in 2013 from January-March with performances by the Colorado Ballet, which was followed by the international debut of the work through a three-city tour to Israel, September 18-October 2, 2013.
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?
On this page you can view excerpts of video, photography, press releases and a toolkit to bring this work to your community.
For more information to bring Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project to your community email Cookie Ruiz or call 512.476.9151 ext. 110
Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project Background
Stephen Mills rehearses with Ballet Austin Company Dancers for the premiere of Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Projectin 2005. Photo by Hannah Neal
Naomi Warren, a Holocaust survivor living in Houston, Texas, serves as the inspiration behind the story of survival and triumph of the human spirit in Ballet Austin's Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project. Photo by Hannah Neal
While creating Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project, Ballet Austin Artistic Director Stephen Mills traveled throughout Europe, researching locations like Treblinka, an extermination camp in Poland. Photo courtesy of Ballet Austin
Ballet Austin Company Dancers visit the Holocaust Museum Houston in December 2011 in preparation for Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project in March 2012. Photo courtesy of Ballet Austin
Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project Video Gallery
The Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project YouTube Channel houses several videos surrounding this full-length contemporary ballet and community wide educational initiative.
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 their documentary Producing Light, both of which can be viewed below on the YouTube channel.
You will also find Artistic Director Stephen Mills' TEDxSMU 2010 speech on Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project.
UN Headquarters Archives: Artistic Director Stephen Mills Among Renowned Artists to Encourage Holocaust Education (Note: Stephen's 20min interview begins 20min into the video)