Trinity’s Movement Choir, which performs sacred dance at a variety of parish services and events, is having a busy and fulfilling week. Members are at the “Dance a World of Hope” international festival, sponsored by the Sacred Dance Guild, on the campus of Hope College in Holland, Michigan. The group is attending workshops, leading classes, and performing.
Watch the site next week for stories and photos from the festival. In the meantime, here’s some of a report by group leader and parishioner Marilyn Green. --Nathan Brockman
Our performance of “Reconciliation” brought us an avalanche of praise and gratitude,
including wonderful comments from Carla DeSola, who is considered the originator of modern liturgical dance – very much like having Martha Graham come up and praise you.
Movement Choir members have spread out and are taking classes from Persian, African and Native American dance to very demanding modern dance, labyrinth dance, myth and story-telling and much more. We are forming strong relationships with other dancers and choreographers, mostly from the U.S. and Canada.
We also gave a class yesterday on breaking barriers between people and cultures through movement. We used a common issue – death, in this case – to give everyone a point of concentration from which they could come together, and it was a very powerful workshop. Last night we danced in the streets of Holland, Michigan and brought the townspeople into what amounted to a Movement Choir. At the end a rainbow appeared in the sky over the town.