Judith will be working with dancer Blanka Brichta and writer Lenka Braag at the Sokol Czech Center for children in Northeast Minneapolis to re-create the musical Broucci, or Fireflies. Based on a Czech folktale, "Broucci" was originally created by artists imprisoned by the Nazis at the Terezin camp for the children and their Jewish families also imprisoned there. The Sokol Center will present the new production next spring with appropriate age-level material exploring the history of what Czech children experienced during World War II. Judith will bring new research she conducted to the production, including her latest visit to Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Center in Jerusalem and her interview with Vera Meisels, one of the children in the Terezin Camp production who miraculously survived and lives in Tel Aviv. Here is a snapshot of the creators of the hopeful and remarkable production in Terezin: The score was put together by composer Karel Svenk, a leading figure in Terezin's cabaret, and he based the music for Broucci on Czech folk songs which the Sokol children will sing. He died en route to the Mauthausen Concentration Camp. The set and costumes were created by the remarkable artist Friedl Dicker-Brandeis, a beloved teacher in Terezin, before she was deported and murdered in Auschwitz. Kamila Rosenbaumova, the choreographer who did survive the war, had already thought of a children's production she wanted to do in Prague before the war. Rosenbaumova was aided by the actress Vava Schonova in Terezin who was the narrator. Judith is also in consultation with Professor Lauren McConnell who has produced a version of Broucci at Central Michigan University.
Judith is proud to announce that she has contributed much of her archives from her dance career--videos/DVDs of her performances, photographs, papers from professional conferences, drafts of her books, correspondence, and other components of her work relating to her teaching--to the Performing Arts Archives at the University of Minnesota Libraries--where it will be put online and coordinate with Judith's contributions to the Dance Library of Israel and the Batsheva Dance Company archives, also online.
Judith is available for teaching special dance classes incorporating Jewish imagery and movement with inspiration from Judaism, (combined with her experience in yoga, Alexander technique and modern dance).