This is my final blog about the 2010 Nazareth College Arts Center Dance Festival. I am writing this just before the final performance starts at 8:00 p.m. This has been a surreal experience. The dance festival has been a huge success. Thousands of people have attended. Both STREB: FORCES performances have sold-out. We added obstructed view seats today because of the huge demand. We are selling out every seat in the house.
Enough can’t be said about the artistic risk and ultimate achievement of STREB: FORCES. The Democrat and Chronicle headline in today’s paper said it all – “Elizabeth Streb delivers on bold experiment.” And, as Democrat and Chronicle staff dance critic, Anna Reguero, stated in her review of the world-premiere performance on July 16, “This is a remixed version of a dance concert, a show made for today’s fast-moving, commercial world. But for all its excitement, it also explores the fundamental, intellectual aspect of the human experience of movement.”
Given the quantitative data we have on the success of the dance festival – attendance numbers, ticket sales, publicity, etc. as well as the feedback we have received through casual conversations, letters, emails and social media – we can unequivocally state that President Daan Braveman’s bold experiment to launch a world-class dance festival in Rochester has been a great success and that Nazareth College will do it all again in 2011.
There have been so many people who have contributed to the success of the dance festival. Many of them have been named in previous blogs or quoted in newspapers, etc. I would like to name a few people that have worked very hard on this festival and made a significant contribution to its success that you might not know.
Arts Center Operations Manager/Assistant Director:
Front of house and ushers:
Nancy Peet, Joyce Perelli, Mary Ann Lawson, Emma McLaughlin, Daniel Wendel and many, many other wonderful ushers and other volunteers
Cathy Whalen, Teri Lawson, Jason Noomani and Jaclyn Huff
Bets Quackenbush, Patrick McCann, Beth LaJoie, Cynthia Andresen, George Combs, Kevin Dehollander, Raiden Dolan, Summer Ellsworth, Nils Emerson, Justin Foster, Brandon Hall, Aubrey Haushalter, Erin Holt, Jeffrey Kellerson, Kristina Knowles, Jordan Kline, Tao Li, David Madge, Elissa Martin, Will Martin, Amanda Mitchell, Sara Mossgraber, Tim Relyea, Jr., and Jessamyn Slon
Margo Boehm and Mary Sue Dehn.