We felt we were on to something with the Snowblower Ballet based on the reactions we got from people when we told them about the idea of a dance with snowblowers and snow shovels. The concept seemed to ring a bell with Minnesotans. The typical responses were “genius idea,” or “You must do this,” or “cool project” or “You’re the snowblower guy? Awesome.”
But our favorite reaction came in a voice mail from Jon Lewis, executive director of the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, which will be playing at the ballet. You can hear it in this little video we sent to the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation when we were applying for a Knight Arts Challenge grant to fund the project. The Knight Foundation is in Miami and we wanted to be sure they were familiar with snowblowers. And snow. And how emotional Minnesotans can be about both of them.