A Chat with the Producers of Harvest Chicago Contemporary Dance Festival

Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre by Lisa Green of Stephen Green Photography.

Sammi Lim for The Dance Enthusiast: With over 30 years of combined experience in organizing dance festivals, what advice might you have given your “younger  producer selves”?

Nicole Gifford: Well, I love working with Melissa because we each excel in different areas. We both take on different jobs and have grown in these areas over the years. If you have someone whom you respect and trust and have fun with, you will enjoy figuring it out together.

Melissa Mallinson: I would have told myself to trust myself as a leader, and to always appreciate the openness and positivity that Nicole  brings to the process. Dance, like all the arts, is a gift. A gift only means something when it is shared with a full and open heart. Seeing it, sharing it, and producing it is an honor.

Read the full interview on The Dance Enthusiast.


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