Roots of Human Violence Explored in Dance Liturgy Program at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati - April 24 at 11 am

Monday, April 1, 2002

Growth in Motion, Inc. will present a dance liturgy entitled "FLIGHT, FIGHT, FREEZE! and the Wolf shall dwell with the Lamb (Isaiah 11:6)" on Wednesday, April 24, 2002 at Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion at 11:00 am in the S.H. and Helen R. Scheuer Chapel, 3101 Clifton Avenue. Directed by Fanchon Shur, this unique work of dance theater is inspired by the animal imagery from Isaiah's prophecy. Admission is free and open to the public.

This piece is designed to facilitate and challenge emotional growth for individuals and culturally diverse audiences. The performance is a dynamic celebration of the animal nature found in people and offers a revolutionary approach to understanding the roots of human violence. Audience participants will explore deep, primal impulses and raw wildness to gain insights into how this energy can be transformed into a more positive outcome. In a world where even the lambs can't seem to dwell together, how timely is this exploration of our instincts as sources for understanding and peacemaking, comments Shur.

The music of "FLIGHT, FIGHT, FREEZE!" is composed and performed by Bonia Shur, director of liturgical arts at HUC-JIR. Performers include Fanchon Shur, Cantor Sharon Kohn, cantor, Isaac M. Temple and cantor-in-residence, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and the FLIGHT, FIGHT, FREEZE! Ensemble including: Rose Baz, Michelle Bump, Jeri Gatch, Rachel James, Melissa Jordan, Colleen McCarty, Holly Price, and Jeanne Speier.

Shur has been a dancer, choreographer, and movement therapist for over 30 years. She was inducted into the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame for her groundbreaking work with arts and communities in 1990. Growth in Motion"s mission is to offer training in understanding the body, its different expressions, its ability to heal, and its power to build community. The work is a synthesis of dance, music, and theatre that draws on personal histories, myth, ritual, literature, psychology, somatics, and movement science.

Project support for "FLIGHT, FIGHT, FREEZE!" is provided by a grant from the Fine Arts Fund of the Community Arts Fund.


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu