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NobleMotion Presents “L’Dor Vador: An Evening Of Poetry And Dance”

Three generations of Jewish artists inspire a new contemporary dance piece

NobleMotion dancers in “Coming to America” from L’Dor Vador
NobleMotion dancers in “Coming to America” from L’Dor Vador

L’Dor Vador means “from generation to generation,” and it is the title of a new evening of dance and poetry, presented by Houston contemporary dance company, NobleMotion

Husband-and-wife choregraphers, Andy and Dionne Noble, collaborated with Andy’s mother, poet Claudia Juergensen Noble, to create a program inspired by the lives and words of Andy’s grandparents (and Claudia’s parents), Hans and Ilse Juergenson, who were also acclaimed poets. It is Hans and Ilse’s poetry that tells the story of their family’s journey to America, beginning with their individual escapes from World War II Europe to their meeting and falling in love in the United States. Their struggles, pain, hopes and dreams, and poems shaped the lives of daughter Claudia and grandson Andy, the next generations of artists in the family.

Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston presents NobleMotion’s L’Dor Vador: An Evening of Poetry and Dance on Saturday, April 9 at 8pm and Sunday, April 10 at 3pm in their Kaplan Theater. The production combines contemporary dance with the poems of Hans and Ilse Juergensen, as well as of Claudia Juergensen Noble, which are read by Houston actors Deborah Hope, Anne Quakenbush and Joel Sandel.

“The J holds a long tradition of providing a platform to artists to explore their personal stories through dance, music, literature and visual art,” says ERJCC Dance Director Maxine Silberstein. “What makes this unique is that we so often provide this opportunity for Jewish artists to explore their ‘Jewish story,’ often for the first time. Such is the case with Andy, who is delving deep into his family’s history to show how two individuals with broken pasts find healing through love, family, and art.”

In this interview, Andy, Dionne and Claudia Noble chat with Houston Public Media’s Catherine Lu about L’Dor Vador. Poems by Ilse Juergensen and Claudia Juergensen Noble are interwoven in the interview, which begins with Andy describing how this family project came to be.

Another version of this interview also aired on Houston Matters.

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Catherine Lu

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While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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