The Word in the Wings

The Word in the Wings gives a behind-the-scenes look at how GPA artists are engaging with Scripture, from study to studio to presenting a Spirit-filled message on stage.

When you read “The Word in the Wings,” you’re invited to learn about the deep, biblical roots of our performance and about how GPA artists make connections between the biblical texts we study and the art you’ll see on stage.

 

Throughout the year, Jessica Noonan, GPA’s Ministry & Worship Leader, along with guest artists, will share articles connected to GPA productions. We hope this opens the door for even deeper dialogue between you and God as the story of Scripture presents itself in new, perhaps unexpected ways through the medium of movement.

Without further ado...

From the Study: Finding Identity and Security in the Good Shepherd

The Word in the Wings
By: Kaya Prasad
This fall, Glorify Dance Theatre is preparing to perform Label: Beauty, a ballet about finding identity and security in God. This ballet imagines the stories of two young women, Sandra and Virginia, who are each searching for a sure sense of self but find that emulating an admired fashion star or even being that fashion star are unsound foundations on which to establish who they are and what they are meant to do in the world. A third character, Jean, shows Sandra and Virginia how her self-confidence is built on her faith in God and her relationship with Jesus. As Glorify artists develop these and other characters in Label: Beauty, they are attending to a few key theological questions that motivate the story. Sandra and Virginia wonder what to make of Jean’s faith, asking: How does your relationship with Jesus help you understand who you are and who you are meant to be? How do you know you can trust God to provide for your security?

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Introducing “The Word in the Wings”

The Word in the Wings
By: Kaya Prasad
Ballet communicates through the medium of movement. It has distinctive capacities to generate meaning and foster understanding of complex ideas. GPA artists work specifically with ideas that are found in the Bible and have significant implications for how we live our lives.

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We encourage you to dig into the Word in the Wings archives to learn about the theology in previous GPA productions. From 2021-2024, Kaya Weaver worked as the Biblical Research and Ministry specialist at Glorify Performing Arts, and her articles provide amazing theological connections to our productions. Check out posts from Kaya as well as other guest artists, and enjoy time growing deeper in your faith.

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