One of the first speakers of the session was Joseph Ferlo, President and CEO of the Oshkosh Opera House Foundation and Director of The Grand Oshkosh since 2004. He advocated for horizontal leadership, stating that a presenting theatre is “more than the building, it is a state of mind that needs to reach out to the community”. He stated that for a regional theatre “word of mouth are how the things get done”, thus interacting with the community is very important. Although he was forced out from his theatre (emergency renovation) to go into communities successfully relocating almost all performances in the 2009 season, now he is greatly benefiting from these community relationships. He had to take shows out from the building to the communities that sometimes have never experienced the arts.
It was a balmy December month in New York, which makes for a very unusual holiday season.
And even though we missed the puffy snowflakes and white scenery, we could not be more happy with the turnout we had at our holiday performances.
I was born in Yakutsk, one of the coldest cities on earth, the capital of Sakha Republic, Siberia, a big part of Russian Federation.
Dancing means joy, and as a teacher I rejoice with every new generation of children who discover and learn the first dance moves, every year in New York public schools.
As a dance teacher and coordinator of Brighton Ballet Theater’s education programs in public schools, I enjoy these moments of satisfaction at the end of each school year.
A highly recommended performance is playing this weekend in New York -“Flames of Paris” by Russian Mikhailovsky Ballet Theater – a vibrant, dramatic play which take place back in 1792 during the French Revolution. I had never performed in this historical ballet, that it why I am always very excited to see “Flames of Paris” because for me there are not so many ballet plays which you can go and really enjoy watching without comparing different choreographies and their performances or having a nostalgic moment when you remember yourself doing this part. Moreover, I really appreciate the work of Mikhailovsky Ballet. – the largest private ballet theater in Russia.