DAVENPORT, IOWA (September 27, 2022) — A brilliant, bold-as-can-be, and, to our knowledge, precedent-setting program of original choreography by Courtney Lyon and Emily Kate Long celebrating and dramatizing works by Jewish composers who fled the Nazis or tragically died in the camps.

The significance — and, unfortunately, relevance — of this program is deep. Our Will to Live is a step toward a reset, resurrecting the music and vivifying it via dance. 

However, despite their tragedies, the meaning of these composers’ and artists’ lives — their iron-like determination, defiance, and courage in asserting their will to live as fully as possible — despite the most humiliating, debilitating circumstances — are profoundly inspirational and an eloquent, intense testimony of human dignity. We honor them with this performance.

Our Will to Live is presented in collaboration with the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities and the Holocaust Education Committee of the Quad Cities as part of “Out of Darkness: Holocaust Messages for Today.” See: www.outofdarknessqc.com.

Presenting Sponsors: Leslie Bell, Scott County Regional Authority, and Riverboat Development Authority

To buy tickets go to: www.balletquadcities.com or www.ticketmaster.com/Adler-Theatre-tickets-Davenport/venue/49254

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