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October 28, 2015

A Holocaust ballet performed in Palm Beach, Florida

Filed under: Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 10:32 am
My photo of the reconstructed gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

My photo of the reconstructed gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp, which is mentioned in today’s news

You can read a news article about the ballet, which was recently  performed in Palm Beach, Florida here: http://www.palmbeachdailynews.com/news/news/local/full-evening-ballet-sheds-light-on-the-holocaust/nn8tq/#sthash.ZKZLhGkP.dpuf

Where else would one put on a Holocaust ballet?  Palm Beach, Florida is where many of the Holocaust survivors now live the good life, which they earned by surviving the Holocaust.

Ballet Austin dancers perform an intense section of Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project, known as Boxcar, portraying the cramped quarters and lack of privacy to which concentration camp residents were subjected. Photo credit: Tony Spielberg

Ballet Austin dancers perform an intense section of Light / The Holocaust & Humanity Project, known as Boxcar, portraying the cramped quarters and lack of privacy to which concentration camp residents were subjected. Photo credit: Tony Spielberg (click to enlarge)

The following quote is from the news article:

During the two years [Stephan] Mills researched the ballet, he visited eight concentration camps, traveled to Israel, pored through archives and interviewed 15 survivors. Houston survivor Naomi Warren’s experience serves as the underlying narrative.

The moments that made the biggest impact on Mills were personal.

He recalls sitting in a gas chamber at Auschwitz in Poland, marveling at the beauty of the light reflected off the walls while considering the horrors that took place there. “They shoved in as many adults as would go, and when there was no more room they shoved the children and babies on top,” he said.

My photo of the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

My photo of the gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

That sensation of entrapment found its way into the ballet in a 12-minute section set to a soundscape of wailing sirens.

End quote

My photo of the Gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp

My photo of the Gas chamber in the main Auschwitz camp (click to enlarge)

The Auschwitz gas chamber is now roped off and dark

The Auschwitz gas chamber is now roped off and dark

Auschwitz Gas chamber roped off and even darker

Auschwitz Gas chamber roped off and even darker

Note that Stephen recalls SITTING in the gas chamber at Auschwitz.  Was he sitting on the concrete floor?  There were no chairs in the gas chamber on the two occasions when I was there, but chairs may have been added now for famous people.