Contemporary Dance Theatre and Synthesis had a fantastic second week in Nauvoo. The students kicked the week off with a spirited fireside that they performed not only for missionaries serving in Nauvoo, but also several community members. Then they set off on another whirlwind week, this time traveling to Ft. Madison, Springfield, Fairfield, Carthage and Memphis for a series of fantastic performances.
This week gave the student time to explore the historic sites of Nauvoo, and connect the historic legacy of the early saints. One highlight was a trip to Carthage, where the groups were able to fortify their testimonies of Joseph Smith. This held particular significance since this week commemorated the 170th anniversary of the Martyrdom.
Throughout the week, as the students performed they were able to fellowship with many members of the communities we performed in. As they closed their time with a testimony meeting in the Seventies Hall, several students shared touching stories about the missionary experiences they had, as well as about how important this touring opportunity was to their personal growth and conversion.
Their final performance in Nauvoo was relocated to the Visitors’ Center due to rain; however, as they had the entire tour, the students and their directors rose to the occasion and confined their performances to fit into the limited space. As they greeted people at the conclusion of the performance, there were smiles on everyone’s faces. Truly, the talents and gifts of the performers had been received.
As the groups left Nauvoo this morning, there was a twinge of sadness in their hearts. These people, and this place had made them better than before.