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May 3, 2012

Playhouse presents Nashville Ballet’s 'Anne Frank' May 7

CROSSVILLE — In a collaborative effort to raise awareness across Tennessee of the Holocaust, the Tennessee Holocaust Commission, the Cumberland County Playhouse and Nashville Ballet will present three performances of the ballet Anne Frank on Monday, May 7, each featuring a traveling exhibit of survivor stories and a question-and-answer session with local survivors and liberators.

“Combining a performance with the exhibit of survivor stories and a live discussion provides a comprehensive set of perspectives on this momentous part of history and helps students learn about it,” Executive Director of The Tennessee Holocaust Commission Danielle Kahane-Kaminsky said. “And partnering with local organizations helps to make this piece of history more relevant and understandable.”

Public Performance

One performance for the public – at 7 p.m. – will include access to the exhibit of survivor stories from The Tennessee Holocaust Commission, a ballet performance of Anne Frank, a question-and-answer session with survivors and dramatic readings and dance by the Cumberland County Children’s Theater. Tickets for the public performance are $25 for adults and $12.50 for children 18 and under.  Special patron tickets are also available for $50 with preferred seating. Tickets are available for purchase online, or by calling (931) 484-5000.

School Performances

Two performances – at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. – are designed for school audiences. Students attending these two performances will experience the traveling exhibit, a ballet performance of Anne Frank and a question-and-answer session with survivors and liberators. Student tickets for these two performances are $6.50. Educators who wish to send their students may apply for a grant through the Tennessee Arts Commission to help with the cost of the performance online.

The Tennessee Holocaust Commission also offers educational materials and student workshops to prepare students for the performance.

All proceeds will go toward the Tennessee Holocaust Commission’s Holocaust Memories Film Archive Project and for Tennessee Educators to attend Annual Seminar at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Exhibit of Survivor and Liberator Stories

The traveling exhibit from The Tennessee Holocaust Commission titled Living on: Portraits of Tennessee Survivors and Liberators features photos and stories from Tennessee residents who experienced the Holocaust first-hand. Their stories and photos were also compiled for a book of the same name and a documentary from Nashville Public Television (NPT).

Anne Frank Ballet

The 45-minute performance of Nashville Ballet’s Anne Frank includes a cast of five dancers portraying Peter van Pels, Margot Frank and three metaphorical “sides” to Anne’s personality. Members of Nashville Ballet’s second company, NB2, will perform in the production.

“We have such a complex picture of Anne thanks to her openness throughout her diary, that we wanted to provide the audience with a portrait of each component of her personality,” Nashville Ballet Director of Artistic Operations Sharyn Mahoney said. “By casting three different dancers as Anne, we can help the audience learn about her conflicting emotions and experiences during this stage of her life.”

Anne Frank was created in 2010 as a collaboration amongst Nashville Ballet, nationally acclaimed choreographer Gina Patterson and Belmont University School of Music assistant professor Mark Volker. As part of Nashville Ballet’s Outreach and Community Engagement initiative, Anne Frank is available for performance at schools and community groups across Tennessee.

Survivor Q & A

Members of The Tennessee Holocaust Commission will speak to audience members about their own experiences with the Holocaust:

• Felicia Anchor, Tennessee Holocaust Commission Chair, was born in Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp while her mother was a prisoner.

• Frances Cutler-Hahn survived the Holocaust as a hidden child amongst a network of families.

• Art Pais lived in the Kovno Ghetto in Lithuania and was a prisoner at the Dachau Concentration Camp in Germany.

• Jimmy Gentry was an American service member and liberator of the Dachau Concentration Camp.

About The Tennessee Holocaust Commission

The mission of the Tennessee Holocaust Commission is to educate Tennesseeans about the history of the Holocaust, seeking to remind citizens that prejudice, hatred, and violence, as manifested in the Holocaust and other genocides, leads to the destruction of a humane society.

About Nashville Ballet

Nashville Ballet is the largest professional ballet company in Tennessee. Nashville Ballet presents a varied repertoire of classical ballet and contemporary works by noted choreographers, including original works by Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling. Nashville Ballet and the second company NB2 (a pre-professional training company) serve nearly 70,000 adults and children annually through performances and our outreach and community engagement programming. Curriculum-based outreach programs bring dance education to community centers, colleges, public libraries and public elementary, middle and high schools across the state. The School of Nashville Ballet provides world-class instruction in ballet and other forms of dance for dancers of all ages.

Nashville Ballet is funded in part from grants made available through the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission, the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Ingram Charitable Trust. Additional funding is also provided by Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund, Caterpillar Financial, ELAN, The Memorial Foundation and Publix Super Markets Charities.

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