Cheers and a standing ovation for people who share their passion for dance, music, and theater by putting on a live show for us! Yesterday I was delighted to be in the audience of an entertaining performance called Reflections on the Danube “from the Black Forest to the Black Sea.”
Ethnic Dance Theatre, a Minneapolis-based dance troupe that has been creating great experiences for performers and audiences since 1974, brought us along on a journey through the countries of Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania. It presented the history and culture of these countries in song, dance, and swirling colorful costumes of embroidered aprons, vests, ribbons, and jaunty caps.
The show tickets were my gift for my husband (happy birthday, Honey!) Our friend, Kathryn-Sonja (pictured with me in the lobby after the performance) is one of the dancers. We love to see the skill and exuberance she brings to the performance.
During the show I was fortunate enough to be seated by a young girl who was bubbling over with excitement as she whispered to me that her mom was one of the singers. She joyfully sang along under her breath to the songs she had heard her mother practicing at home. I asked the girl if she was a singer too, and she told me she performed in the children’s choir at a St. Lucia festival in December. Here comes the next generation of performing artists!
One of the best things about live shows is the interaction between the performers and the audience. We are in it together! I encourage those who are interested in the performing arts to indulge their passion—learn it, do it! The rest of us? We can support the arts by enjoying a show and cheering on the performers!