Notes from Nils A monthly column from the desk of Artistic Director Nils Fredland, with news, musings, and more!
A tagline frequently used to describe Revels is “Bringing Tradition to Life.” Bringing something to life means taking it from passive to active – “to put spirit into; to animate.” There are many levels of participation involved in our effort to bring tradition to life – not everyone has to get up on stage and deliver a line, or sing out loud, or pick up an instrument, or tell a story, or dance. In fact, Revels is animated by the listener at a pub sing, the person who attends the Christmas show and watches attentively, and the person who drives by the Norwich Green as we’re setting up for Summer Revels and looks on with curiosity. They are all participants, and they are all important.
As I settle back into snowy New England, I’m inspired by Jack, inspired by the talents and imagination of my co-leaders in Revels across the country, and inspired by my Revels North co-workers here at home. As I take on the position of Artistic Director, there’s lots to think about, and lots to do. The trip to Malibu has done wonders to prepare me for the work ahead…and it had nothing to do with the beaches.
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