Holocaust memories

March 26, 1998|By Judith Green

With firsthand experience of the Holocaust disappearing as the survivors grow old and die, there's a small rush of dance and theater pieces about the annihilation of the 6 million: "Old Wicked Songs," "Esther" and now "Aide Memoire," from the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company of Israel.

It seems appropriate for "Aide Memoire" to conclude the Kennedy Center's monthlong festival of Israeli arts, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Jewish state. If there had not been a Holocaust, after all, the world's conscience might never have awakened to the need for a Jewish homeland.

Choreographed by company director Rami Be'er, himself a son of Holocaust survivors, "Aide Memoire" describes not the event but the collective memories that affect the generations that live with the consequences of tragedy.

The 75-minute uninterrupted work describes the reactions of the young to Holocaust documentation and oral testimony, re-creating the event for themselves in a collage of sound, images and movement.

The Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company of Israel will perform "Aide Memoire" at 7: 30 p.m. Wednesday in the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater, off Virginia and New Hampshire avenues N.W. in Washington; and at 7: 30 p.m. April 2 at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills. Tickets are $25-$35 at the Kennedy Center, 800-444-1324; and $30, $25 students at the Gordon Center, 410-356-7469.

Pub Date: 3/26/98

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