Columbia State Welcomes Nashville Ballet's "Dance Me A Story: Anne Frank"

Photo Caption: The Nashville Ballet dancers capture the essence of “The Diary of Anne Frank” through artistic storytelling with choreography, music and period costumes, while providing a creative setting and deeper understanding of Frank’s experience.

Performance Free and Open to the Public Tuesday, March 31

(COLUMBIA, Tenn. – March 27, 2015) - - - On Tuesday, March 31, Columbia State Community College’s Lyceum Committee welcomes the Nashville Ballet’s “Dance Me A Story: Anne Frank” to the Ledbetter Auditorium at 6 p.m.

“It promises to be a sobering and reflective evening,” said Dr. Jan de la Mer, Columbia State assistant professor of history and chair of the Lyceum Committee. “This is another excellent opportunity for Columbia State students to reflect on the Holocaust on the 70th anniversary year of the liberation of the camps.”

Based on the book, “Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl,” this unique, thought-provoking ballet uses contemporary dance, music and costumes to creatively and artistically tell the story of real-life, tragic events to provide a much deeper understanding of this historic period as written by Anne in her diary.

Following the 45-minute ballet, the Tennessee Holocaust Commission has arranged for Frances Cutler-Hahn to talk about her experiences as a hidden child in France during the war and her journey as a survivor.

The ballet is for students of all ages who want to learn more about the Holocaust and who are interested in the ways that the performing arts can tell a story in the medium of dance and song.

The Ledbetter Auditorium is in the Frank G. Clement Building on the Columbia Campus, located at 1665 Hampshire Pike.

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