This clip is the muted version of the original 'Dancing Auschwitz,' after the song 'I will Survive' by Gloria Gaynor, was removed due to a copyright infringement.
I would be very grateful if anyone can think of a song that is copyright safe, and has the right feeling and beat, that I could use for this clip.
Please view the clip to the end.
On a recent trip to Europe, my family of three generations, (my father - a Holocaust survivor, his daughter (me), and his grandchildren) dance to Gloria Gaynor's pop song - 'I Will Survive' at concentration camps and memorials throughout Europe.
This dance is a tribute to the tenacity of the human spirit and a celebration of life. It is an affirmation that man can triumph over the darkest of circumstance. A testament that the human will to survive is what helps us move on and strive to find beauty and peace in life.
My intention is to present a fresh perspective to younger generations who have often become numbed and desensitized to the horrors of the Holocaust. I hope this will allow historical memory to live on, so that the lessons of the past will be forever remembered, and that people will wake--up to the atrocities that are still happening throughout the world today.
Both my mother & father, as well as being my inspiration, have also been my support throughout this project. At times, when I have felt challenged by its appropriateness, they have reminded me that 'they came from the ashes, now they dance'.
Towards the end of the clip there is old video footage of my parents and their friends (all Holocaust survivors), together with me, as a young girl. We are all dancing freely in a forest outside Melbourne in the early 60's.
This footage illustrates how both dancing, and my parents' attitude to life, have been woven into my own life. Growing up, I always took part when my parents danced. As an adult, it seemed a natural process to merge the two influences that have shaped my life - that of my parents' story and that of dance - hence the project, Dancing Auschwitz.