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There is no better way to bear witness to the Holocaust than through art. The Colorado Ballet will be doing just that, staging choreographer Stephen Mills' homage later this month at the Newman Center. Forget the perpetrators for a moment and focus on the life of one person who survived the scourge. Using light, dance, and the music of five notable contemporary composers, including Philip Glass and Arvo Part, Mills crafts a sublime metaphor that allows our imagination to extrapolate the overwhelming emotions of events and the triumph of the human spirit over hate.

As he researched the project, Mills' concern grew over whether he could represent the enormity of the horror, but found solace in the words of Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel: "Some things are too large to write about, but nothing is too small."

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"You could never sum up the experience of the Holocaust," Mills explains, "but everyone has a body. Everyone knows what it is to be afraid, to be hungry, to be in pain, and to be humiliated. Certainly not to the degree that the Holocaust victims and survivors did, but everyone knows what those feelings feel like. It seems logical to use the body as a means of expressing this story."

As Colorado Ballet artistic director Gil Boggs describes it, "Light exhibits a moving combination of artistry and human rights advocacy." There will be talkbacks after each performance.

The Colorado Ballet's Light/The Holocaust & Humanity Project will run Friday Mar 29, 2013 at 7:30 pm, Saturday Mar 30, 2013 at 2 pm, Saturday Mar 30, 2013 at 7:30 pm, and Sunday Mar 31, 2013 at 2 pm, at the University of Denver's Newman Center. 303-837-8888 or

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