The original inspiration for this project came from two talented dancers (Nancy Hughes and Scott Slocum) who I asked perform on boats during last summer’s Music is Art festival. With no previous knowledge of the boats or rehearsal, just an intensely honed talent for dance improvisation they performed a Breathtaking and beautiful piece.
In the months that followed we began to conceive a more fully realized performance on water and on land-- that would pull stories from Buffalo’s History. Telling our stories in a dynamic new way weaving spoken word, live music, drama, digital and lighting effects and providing historic boats as a venue for modern dance. Ultimately the goal is to tell how Buffalo became a haven for the downtrodden; becoming a hardworking American city, a beacon for immigrants from around the world who rebuilt it after the British burned it to the ground 200 years ago.
I am happy to announce that with a recently awarded a grant from the ECHDC and ASI in support of our performance. Grain Dances Steel Floats will take place on Labor Day weekend on the Buffalo River in the shadow of the monstrous turn of the century Grain Silos. However the money awarded is less then half of the Budget needed to make this happen. I must rely on you, everyone listening to this video to consider making a donation in whatever amount you can afford towards our goal of $6000. As Mutual Front park is not a not a stage--beyond the normal costs of theater we must create a venue with light rentals, sound equipment, and costly insurance as well as paying all of our talented actors singers and creators. In return for your generosity we are offering a number of humble paybacks. Thank you in advance for helping support Grain Dances, Steel Floats. I know we will make your proud of your Donation!
Thank you to all of our generous contributors!
B Cass Clark
Caitlin Baeumler Coleman