Roberta Sabbath (English), Cathy Allen, (Dance), and Shahab Zargari (Fine Arts) will be speaking at the 2022 Conney Jews and the Arts about the interdisciplinary project Shoah Survivor Choreographic Collaboration: A Docudance Film Exploring the Memories of Four Holocaust Survivors.
The project represents the intersection of oral history, film, dance, storytelling, and epic historical events to create a developing art form: Docudance. Between October 2020 and June 2021, choreographer Cathy Allen and Shahab Zargari collaborated with dance students and alumnae to choreograph, perform, capture in film, and interweave footage into epic, filmic narrative. The dance performances and filming took place in UNLV Dance Studio One, Clark County Wetlands Park, and a local railway car station. Period music includes Klezmer and Yiddish songs. Sperling-Kronberg-Mack Holocaust Resource Center Library of Las Vegas and the Survivor and Second-Generation Survivor Community of Las Vegas provided research and support.