Wednesday, November 4, 2009

OBT's Uprising was a knockout!

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.


  1. The show last night was amazing! Can't wait to catch another one.

  2. This show was outstanding, and the final performance really gelled and came together perfectly. Candace was right when she said the small venue would heighten the connection between dancers and audience - it was really an intense experience for us out there, despite the fact that we were sitting on the floor, packed in like sardines (beer in-hand, of course).

    Thanks so much for putting on that show!