Everyone seems to have someone and the group is already bonded by the experience. After I said a few words at our welcome reception I thanked James and Sherry Raisbeck for leading the sposorship for our 40th anniversary tour and James took the moment to speak in his usual frank and endearing manner. James noted that we are all family because of the indescribable experience of touring.
Later that evening as Kelly and I strolled the steep walkways of this pre-Roman town we passed another strolling couple looking very much in love as well. It was Elaine and David taking it all in with true wonder and appreciation.
Today a breakfast that was more than I needed preceded our first company class in the attic studio of the Teatro Nuovo. As the dancers creaked through the first plies, Boyd Bender set up his therapy table and started popping ankles and stretching backs. I suspect the hills were more to blame than the plies. An hour later all were well warmed up and moving with their usual grace. How exciting it will be to see our dancers take the stage of the Teatro Romano on Friday night taking their place in this historic Festival alongside, names like Pavarotti, Nureyev, and Baryshnikov. But first an afternoon of sightseeing for almost everyone in Assissi. The Boals chose a well earned siesta instead. Vacations can be tiring.
--Artistic Director Peter Boal
|Peter Boal teaching class onstage at the Spoleto Festival. Photo (c) Jesson Mata.|