Sacred Dance Guild Festival 2010
Simply Soaring - Festival Concert
July 27, 2010
Cummings Arts Center, Connecticut College
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Music: On Eagle’s Wings by Michael Joncas / Choreography: Gail Conway
Sacred Dance Ensemble of Fredericksburg: Sue Bevan, Diana Burton, Gail Conway, Mary Katherine Greenlaw, Florence Ridderhof, Kathy Vining, Vicky Wilder
Music: Debbie Danbrook
Dancer: Natasha Royka
Flutist: Debbie Danbrook
Mi Senti Dio (Do You Hear Me Lord?)
Music: Nisi Dominus by Antonio Vivalidi
Choreography: Gloria Castano
Skyloom: Shirley Blancke, Wendy Linares, Elaine Sisler, Sybille Volz
Ain't No Need In Worryin'
Music: African-American Spiritual
Choreograpy: Wesley Yarbor
Wesley Yarbor and Barrie Gibby
Called to Act
Music: Adieu by Todd Coleman
Choreography: Jane Wellford
Danced by Jane Wellford’s 9:30 SDG Festival Class
In the Beginning - Creation
Music: Air on a G String by Johann Sebastian Bach
Choreography & Costumes: Lisa Howard
Dancers: Earth-Susan Meyers, Water – Susan Baer, Sky-Lisa Howard
This work and God’s Promise were originally part of a larger multi-media performance called "Genesis" which was inspired by the art and poetry of Philip Ratner.
Music: Pietro Mascagni
Choreographed and performed by Cristin Cawley
Soulful, Soul Full
Choreographed and performed by L'Ana Burton
Music: Canon in D by Johan Pachelbel
Adapted from choreography by Erika Thimey
Dancers: Audrey Champion, Josephine Nicholson, Sharon Werth, Harriet Campbell, Sally Carlson Crowell, Leah Woodbury, and Festival workshop participants.
This piece was performed at Festival 2010 in honor of the Centennial of the birth of Erika Thimey (1910-2006), a liturgical dance pioneer and SDG member.
Noah's Rainbow – Salvation
Music: Cello Suites, Prelude in G Minor by J.S. Bach
Art, Poetry, Narration: Philip Ratner
Choreography and Costumes: Lisa Howard, Mary Osten, Philip Ratner
Dancers: Susan Baer, Susan Myers, Lisa Howard
"The flood is old, today is new, great God I reach for you, please take my hand the rainbow is our bond."
"And the Angels Sigh"
Choreography: Christine Vozella
Encore Ensemble: Ann Budner, Patricia Koenitzer, Paula Roshboldt, Elaine Sisler, Christine Vozella
Guest Dancer: Julia Vozella
Sections and Music:
The Early Days – Let's Dance: Music: Opus #1 by Sy Oliver
Everything Smells So Good: Music Canzone per Loretta by Dick Hyman
Details, details...are important! Music: Isti Sunt viri Sacti, performed by the Monastic School of Nuns, USA
Details, details...does it matter? Music: Canzone per Loretta, by Dick Hyman
Career: Music: Matinatta, sung by Luciano Pavarotti
The beginning: Music: None
The middle: Music: Applachian Spring slowly, by Aaron Copland
The end: Music: Appalachian Spring, moderate by A. Copland
A dance narrative and an expression of her love, admiration, and mourning for her mother who lost her battle with cancer, Christine’s piece is seen through the eyes of a child. Christine’s earliest memory is seeing her parents swing dancing in the kitchen during the big band fifties era. Christine’s mom, Teresa, was a registered nurse and was proud to have a career outside of the home. She saved all her nurse uniforms over the years.
Encore dancers proudly don these uniforms to dance her story of emotional strength and physical weakness. At the debut performance, a ray of setting sunlight shone through a window and bathed Teresa in splendid goldern light, a testimonial to her transition to spirit – Adapted from Elaine Sisler’s article in the Spring 2010 SDG Journal.