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Auschwitz survivor triumphs in sell-out dance duet at age 90


Since launch in October, ‘Sea Lavender or The Euphoria of Being’ played eight sold out shows

“It’s never too late,” smiles Eva Fahidi, a Hungarian Holocaust survivor who, at the age of 90, is currently starring in a sold-out duet production with a much younger dancer.

“First I felt only my limits, what I can’t do,” the handsome white-haired Fahidi told AFPduring a rehearsal in a Budapest studio.

“Then slowly, as I learned to warm up, it was wonderful how my old body wanted to do something again,” she added, after gracefully completing a stretch on the floor.

Her show, called “Sea Lavender or The Euphoria of Being”, has played to full houses eight times in Budapest’s prestigious Vigszinhaz Theatre since its October launch.

It now premieres in Berlin on January 24, three days before a UN-designated Holocaust memorial day marking the 1945 liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of the Nazi death camps.

The 100-minute long performance, which incorporates both dance and speech, looks at how an elderly woman with a traumatic past and a younger person communicate with each other.

Director Reka Szabo told AFP she got the idea for the show last year when she heard Fahidi speak at a presentation of her memoir.

“She talks about her life and the Holocaust in a way that makes you feel like she is not avictim but a human being trying to deal with her past, to be able to live a full life,” said Szabo who runs the Symptoms dance-theatre


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