Start with an hour of technique to warm up, then learn repertory created especially for the Festival Concert, rehearse, perform! The Festival Concert is open to the public, a fully professional performance featuring performances by the acclaimed professional artists leading the Festival and YOU! Dancers in this workshop also have the opportunity to perform In Leslie Friedman’s Lively Foundation performances in the coming season. (You may take the workshop even if you do not want to perform.) Leslie Friedman is the legendary artist whose international performances were historic “firsts” for an American dancer. First to perform, choreograph, teach with joint US/host country sponsorship in many countries including China, Russia, India, Poland, Hungary, Egypt and more.
Where did the time go? I feel as though the Festival just ended a day or two ago. It’s Sept. 10. The Festival Concert was on August 25th, and what a tremendous program it was. A full house audience watched with obvious pleasure. The dances were beautiful, exhilarating, powerful, and even fun. The audience went outside to observe the Festival Dancers perform their site specific works in Pioneer Park, just adjacent to the Masonic Center. It was a beautiful day in the sun and under the big trees. Here are some pictures from rehearsals and performance day. If you missed the Festival this year, don’t let that happen again. Planning for Season number three begins now. It will be a great one. This is the Masonic Center: Dance Center for the Festival. Here’s the entrance to the Festival Concert. The Festival Dancers performed Song of the Mountain, a premiere, dances in the park, and Little Cat, set to a Polish folk song. Here’s Leslie Friedman demonstrating how the Little Cats will take their bows.
A wonderful day! The Festival Dancers worked so well at learning the two dances they will perform and also beginning to explore Pioneer Park, the site for their site specific works. Some questions have come up because the article in the Mountain View Voice printed that the Festival Concert would be in the park. Nope, it’s in the Masonic Center. Just that one adventurous piece, the Festival Dancers own works, will be in the park which is adjacent to the Masonic Center. Today, Michelle Le and Miranda Chatfield from the Mtn. View Voice came to photograph the dancers. Very exciting!