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A Celtic Prayer
God with me protecting,
The Lord with me directing,
The Spirit with me strengthening,
Forever and forevermore,
Ever and evermore, Amen.
Chief of chiefs, Amen.
“A Celtic Prayer” is a stirring devotional piece featuring ancient Celtic prayers, ballet danced to twentieth-century Celtic music, and solo work by fiddler and violinist Christa Currey. This powerful blend of traditional and contemporary brings audiences into a demonstration of worship across the ages.
As I lay me down to sleep
As I close my eyes
I am carried into a dark, deep place
I descend into a dream.
Dream is a dramatic reflection on mankind’s fall from grace, pictured by a gated garden shrouded in shadows to which the dreamer cannot return–until the grace of God bursts into the darkness.
“A Narnia Lullaby” (Harry Gregson-Williams) “Ancient Town” (Maire Brennan), “Sentence” (Era), and “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” (Chris Tomlin) form the soundtrack.
Stop. Hush. You in the street.
Hear the feet rushing? Mouths speaking? Noise building? Stress pounding?
Close your eyes for a moment. Listen well. Let us bring you a street lullaby.
Written for a street arts festival, Street Lullaby creates an oasis of peace and God’s presence in the midst of busyness. The poetry reminds listeners to “look up” as Carolyn dances to modern lullabies from Plumb’s Blink.
Speak life and sing life
Walk life and dance life
Know life and be life–
Welcome to the world!
This interchange of poetry and dance explores the art and humanity of the big city. “Welcome the World” (The Call) captures the energy and architecture of life in the city, both man-made and God-made. “Image” (How Did We Fall?) addresses homelessness and looks for the image of God in every man, highlighting our universal need for human connection and compassion. “Fingerprints” (I See You) again searches for the image of God, this time as the Artist who has given us life.
Rama (Rachel’s Hope)
Rama (Rachel’s Hope) is a dance looking at the excruciating pain of abortion–from the viewpoint of both child and mother–and the hope and healing that can only be found in the presence of Christ. This is a heartbreaking, startling work.
Michael W. Smith’s “Freedom Battle” opens the presentation with the dance of the unborn child. The “freedom” to choose is graphically depicted as the child dies because of a choice.
William Joseph’s “Eternal” climaxes the ballet with the restoration and healing of both the aborted child and the mother. Eternal healing is only found in Jesus at the cross.