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The Art of Three Generations Combines in One Performance of Poetry and Dance

Over the past year or so, we’ve been sharing the stories of Houstonians who’ve followed in the career footsteps of their loved ones in our occasional series The Family Business. However, today we bring you the story of a family whose members, with each passing generation, tried to rebel against the family business, which was […]

LDor Vador - Poetry and Dance - Image Courtesy: NobleMotion Dance

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Over the past year or so, we've been sharing the stories of Houstonians who've followed in the career footsteps of their loved ones in our occasional series The Family Business.

However, today we bring you the story of a family whose members, with each passing generation, tried to rebel against the family business, which was writing and the arts. But as we'll hear in a moment, they couldn't escape it.

This weekend (April 9-10, 2016), the work of three generations of artists will merge in one performance at the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center. It's called L'Dor Vador: An Evening of Poetry and Dance, and — like the name suggests — it overlays the poetry of one generation atop the staging and choreography of the family's next two generations.

To understand who these artists are, we'll start with Hans and Ilse Juergensen. As husband and wife, both were nationally recognized poets who escaped Nazi Germany at the start of World War II. Their daughter is Claudia Juergensen Noble, herself a playwright and poet. Her son, Andy Noble, and his wife, Dionne, are both choreographers by trade.

Claudia, her son and her daughter-in-law tell Houston Public Media arts and culture producer Catherine Lu how the performance weaves together the work of all three generations. But first, Claudia explains who her parents were.

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Extended Interview: "L'Dor Vador: An Evening Of Poetry And Dance" (Houston Public Media, April 6, 2016)
L’Dor Vador: An Evening of Poetry and Dance
Houston Dance Company, NobleMotion

(Image Courtesy: NobleMotion Dance)

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Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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