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L’Dor Vador: Three Generations of Poetry and Dance
Friday, April 1, 2016
by M Groogan

L’Dor Vador: Three Generations of Poetry and Dance

Houston, TX – Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston presents L’Dor Vador, a performance of poetry and dance centered on three generations of a Jewish family. L’Dor Vador is Saturday, April 9 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 10 at 3:00 p.m. in the Kaplan Theatre.

The performance will pay tribute to nationally recognized Jewish writers Hans and Ilse Juergensen, Holocaust refugees from Germany, who have published fifteen volumes of poetry between them. Their only child, Claudia Juergensen Noble, who resides in the Houston-area, became a poet and playwright with eight theatrical productions. Their grandson, Andy Noble, co-directs NobleMotion Dance which was recently titled Houston’s Best Dance Company.

“I am so excited to collaborate with my mother, Claudia, to bring my grandparents poetry and haunting stories to the stage. While there is some tough thematic material, there is something incredibly uplifting about the power of family,” said Andy Noble.

The project highlights three generations of artists and tells the story of the family’s journey from battled Europe. The original evening of work performed by NobleMotion Dance will pay tribute to the traditions, memories, nightmares, struggles and fables that are shared so eloquently through the Juergensen’s poetry. It is the Nobles hope that people of all ages and cultures can relate to the subject matter.

“The evening is ultimately a survival story - how two individuals with broken pasts find healing through love, family and art,” said Dionne Noble, Andy’s wife and Co-Artistic Director of NobleMotion Dance. “It’s a celebration of what a fresh start can do and how beauty can emerge from destruction. Internationally, we are on track to surpass 60 million refugees this year. History keeps repeating itself and I see this project as an opportunity to bring compassion and understanding to a current issue through the eyes of our ancestors.”

Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel wrote in his introduction to Hans Juergensen’s poetry volume Journey Toward the Roots. “It is the poet in him who responds to every event. He lives in order to sing; he sings in order to bear testimony.”

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