collaboration with The Brooklyn Arts Exchange, ARC presents:
Dance, Wherever You May Be ...
an exploration of movement, body, spirit
The First Unitarian Congregational Society
48 Monroe Place
Saturday, November 5, 2005
Dance and the Western religions have
always been in tension. The role of the body has been one of ambivalence early
in our history. The program will explore new and exciting possibilities in dance
both in the areas of art and religion.
melissa briggs dance will
present Book Dances at this location on Friday, November 4 at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday,
November 5 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 6 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets at $15.00
each will be available to the door. Please note reservations on registration sheet.
Persons who register for the ARC program are strongly encouraged to attend Book
Dances on Friday evening.
Book Dances draws upon one scene from
each of four classic novels: Anna Karenina (Tolstoy), The Fountainhead
(Rand), East of Eden (Steinbeck, and Franny and Zooey (Salinger).
Through choreographed duets, four distinct relationships are magnified, as viewers
are given a window into the characters’ inner lives.
First Unitarian Congregational Society, located in historic Brooklyn Heights,
is a complex of three connected buildings, all redolent with a sense of history.
The audience, divided into small groups, will move through the complex, viewing
each of the four duets in a specific location: a narrow passage in the sanctuary,
an elegant parlor complete with a roaring fire, a dark, hidden room in the undercroft,
and the bright expanse of the chapel. Dance, literature, history and architecture
will weave together in a unique evening of performance storytelling.
is grateful to the Brooklyn Arts Exchange and its Director, Marya Warshaw, for
collaborating with the Society for the program. Founded in 1991, this non-profit
organization promotes Irish Talent in theater, dance, and music.
9:15 a.m. Registration, continental breakfast and
9:45 a.m. Introduction to the day
--Erling Hope, Program Chair
Intrinsic Sound of Being
--Akim Funk Buddha, performance artist
Blending the spiritual and urban worlds, Akim Fund Buddha combines sound and movement
hip-hop in his performance
11:15 a.m. melissa briggs dance
Dancing a Story
--Melissa Briggs, choreographer
Ms. Briggs describes the workshop: “Using a scene from one of
the novels as a starting point, we will closely examine the text.” We will also
discuss and examine definitions of gesture, body language, pedestrian vs. virtuosic
movement and what constitutes dance. We will conclude by reflecting on these exercises
in the context of seeing the previous night’s performance of BOOK DANCES.”
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:45 p.m. The Ways of Body, A Means to
--Claire Byrne and Sharon Estacio
They will explore the idea
of movement, dance and the creation of choreography as a practice of prayer. They
will look at specific movements and gestures involving release and resistance
to gravity and how they embody ideas of surrender and resurrection.
--Lisa DiFranza, Facilitator
4:00 p.m. Wine,
cheese and conversation
more information about the program leaders
Non-Members $60; Students $15
Fee includes continental breakfast,
lunch and reception.
($5.00 extra at the door.)
please contact Charles
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time to time the Board of Directors elects as Fellows individuals it identifies
as having made a distinguished contribution to their respective fields. The list
of Fellows elected over a period of nearly four decades thus exemplifies what
the Society understands as the necessary and vital connections between art, religion
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Theology and Poetry:
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on the Human
Alfred Barr and
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Lifting the Veil
Performance and Symposium
Illuminations & Transformations:
Cross-Cultural Spiritual Dynamics
in Music, Text, Dance and Film
Embodied in Visual Art
The Meaning of Myth
Myth, Ritual and the Mediation
Writers' Ways with Loving and Dying
The Divine Image
a changing image of God.
Uneasy Constellations of Meaning
Theological Perceptions and Visual Images in Sixteenth Century Europe
The Religious Art of Andy Warhol
AYNI: The Andean Concept of Reciprocity
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