I just wanted to take a second to do a short plug for OBT’s Uprising featuring the music of Horse Feathers and the OBT talents of Ansa, Olga, Steven, Leta, Lucas and choreographer/dancer Candace. The evening was absolutely spectacular.

What made this evening special was that it was all dancer run. Uprising is Candace’s brainchild: she wanted to draw a different crowd to ballet, so she found a band and started an Uprising. I was delighted to see the personalities of all my friends on stage come alive with the comforting music of Horse Feathers to the fresh choreography from Candace. I laughed out loud at several places. A woman next to me leaned over and asked, “Do you know them? You are laughing like you know them.”

Uprising brought a younger audience into Mississippi Studios and a new vision for dance. It felt very personal, to have the band and dancers so close. I often felt I was just at a friend’s house with a beer in my hand and a band decided to play and dancers decided to dance.

And it was spectacular. I urge all of you to go out and get a ticket and see what these dancers (and musicians) have created in just the last 2-3 weeks. This IS an Uprising. And I am excited to see where it continues.

Congrats to the dancers and band again.

See you at Mississippi Studios.


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