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PARKING PARTNERS

Mona Golabek

I have a soft spot for dance flicks. Specifically of the late 1990s/early 2000s: Center Stage, Save the Last Dance, even Honey (anyone?). Whether trying to make it at the American Ballet Academy, get into Julliard, or open up a dance school for inner-city youth, I watch these young women pursue their passions while dancing their hearts out, and it gets me every time. But I’ve recently realized that it isn’t just the dance moves…

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FILMS Into the Arms of Strangers (2000) This Academy Award-winning documentary, directed by Oscar-winner Mark Jonathan Harris (The Long Way Home) and narrated by Dame Judi Dench, tells the story of the kindertransport that Mona Golabek’s mother was a part of. In the 1930s, England recognized the horrors occurring in Nazi-occupied Europe and agreed to accept thousands of children as refugees into their country, placing them in hostels and foster homes. Hear the stories of those…

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ArtsEmerson’s Director of Artistic Programs David Dower chats with Mona Golabek and Hershey Felder about their upcoming production, The Pianist of Willesden Lane. Starring Mona and based on the book she co-wrote with Lee Cohen, The Children of Willesden Lane, the production was adapted and directed by Hershey, who was last seen at ArtsEmerson in his performances of Maestro: Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin Alone. Learn more about this latest venture and hear what the…

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By Andrea Gordillo Lisa Jura, age 17 We don’t often see our artists actively utilizing their talents in a direct, practical manner for social advocacy. Of course art has, by its nature, an impact on people’s lives and a voice in social and political commentary, but it is quite another thing to consciously use art to directly change something about the world and the people in it. This is exactly what Mona Golabek, internationally acclaimed pianist,…

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