Thursday October 11, 2012

KEENE, N.H. -- Spectrum Dance Theater will perform "The Theater of Needless Talents," a moving tribute to imprisoned Jewish artists, on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m., at the Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College.

This provocative work, directed and created by award-winning choreographer Donald Byrd, melds dance, theater and cabaret with a live musical score by Erwin Schulhoff, a Czech composer and pianist who died in 1942 in a Nazi concentration camp. "The Theater of Needless Talents" pays homage to the Jewish artists, who though imprisoned in Nazi death camps, managed to create, perform and bring laughter and hope to themselves and fellow inmates. It is Donald Byrd’s tribute to Schulhoff, his brilliant music, and all artists who died during the Holocaust.

Members of Spectrum Dance Theater will visit with patrons in the lobby before the performance and answer questions after the show in the Main Theatre. In addition, KSC Music Professor Elaine Ginsberg will talk about the Music of the Holocaust in the Harry Davis Room at 6:30 p.m. prior to the performance. All of these outreach activities are free and open to the public.

Tickets are required for the performance. Tickets range from $25 to $13, and $5 for Keene State students. For tickets, call the Redfern Box Office at 603-358-2168 or visit www.keene.edu.

The Redfern performance is part of a six-city national tour of "The Theater of Needless Talents" by Spectrum, a dance company based in Seattle. Spectrum’s 11 dancers will be joined by pianist Judith Cohen, violinist James Garlick and acellist.

This performance, sponsored by The Kingsbury Fund, is presented in collaboration with the Keene State College Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and the Department of Holocaust and Genocide Studies. It was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the Arts.