A Journey of the Human Spirit
Viktor Ullmann’s opera “The Emperor of Atlantis” and Garrett Ammon’s world premiere dance set to Ofer Ben-Amots’
“From Darkness to Light”
Co-Produced by: Ballet Nouveau Colorado, Central City Opera, The Colorado Symphony, Mizel Arts & Culture Center at the Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center, and Newman Center Presents
How does an artist respond to extreme, even life-threatening, circumstances? Viktor Ullmann and Peter Kien wrote a farcical opera, an absurd comedy, an entertainment for those sharing their imprisonment in Terezín. What is essential for the survival of the human spirit? Laughter, and the creation of beauty.
Five of Colorado’s leading performing arts organizations have teamed up to produce this inspiring reaffirmation of life. The regional premiere of “The Emperor of Atlantis, or The Refusal of Death” will be staged with a prelude of celebratory klezmer music in Joy Burns Plaza. The klezmer musicians will lead the audience into Gates Hall for the short opera. And as the opera ends the dancers of Ballet Nouveau Colorado will take the stage to perform the world premiere of a new work by Garret Ammon set to the orchestral music of Ofer Ben-Amots.
A cast of singers, dancers and directors from around the world will be joined by The Colorado Symphony for this unique and optimistic Journey. This is a major collaborative undertaking not to be missed.
Collaboratively staged by Ballet Nouveau Colorado, Central City Opera,
Colorado Symphony, Mizel Arts and Culture Center, and Newman Center Presents
Generous support for this project provided by Merage Foundation, EKS&H Accounting and Consulting, Ellen Beller, Pinon Trail Foundation, Zoni & Sam Pluss
Special thanks to
Colorado Public Radio
Holocaust Awareness Institute
Center for Judaic Studies