The Word in the Wings

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.

 

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...

Home to live in my body: an interview with Deanna Pfau (Part II)

The Word in the Wings
By: Kaya Prasad
This summer, The Word in the Wings will feature stories of how the work of Glorify Performing Arts addresses problems with the ways our culture often views the human body. As part of this series, I interviewed Deanna Pfau, who has been an audience member and volunteer at GPA events since November 2021. This is the second part of our conversation, where Deanna and I discuss the role relationships play in recovery and why personal, physical healing is an important part of the Church’s mission.

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Home to live in my body: an interview with Deanna Pfau (Part I)

The Word in the Wings
By: Kaya Prasad
This summer, The Word in the Wings will feature stories of how the work of Glorify Performing Arts addresses problems with the ways our culture often views the human body. As part of this series, I interviewed Deanna Pfau, who has been an audience member and volunteer at GPA events since November 2021. In the first part of our conversation, Deanna shares about factors that influenced her relationship to her body for many years, and she describes how God led her into recovery.

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“Life to your mortal bodies:” Romans 8 and our freedom to dance

The Word in the Wings
By: Kaya Prasad
This summer, The Word in the Wings will feature stories of how the work of Glorify Performing Arts addresses problems with the ways our culture often views the human body. As part of this series, I am sharing a meditation on Romans 8:1-11 and a brief reflection on how our redemption in Christ’s Spirit empowers dancers, as artists who work in an embodied medium, to reflect the gospel in their art.

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Rooted with purpose: an interview with Melody Stanert (Part II)

The Word in the Wings
By: Kaya Prasad
This summer, The Word in the Wings will feature stories of how the work of Glorify Performing Arts addresses problems with the ways our culture often views the human body. To kick off this series, I interviewed Artistic and Executive Director Melody Stanert. In Part II of our conversation, Melody shares stories that reflect her heart behind creating honest portrayals of the life of faith.

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Rooted with purpose: an interview with Melody Stanert (Part I)

The Word in the Wings
By: Kaya Prasad
This summer, The Word in the Wings will feature stories of how the work of Glorify Performing Arts addresses problems with the ways our culture often views the human body. In GPA’s work of creating professional, empowering, Spirit-inspired dance productions, we aim to value the body’s God-given capacities for meaning-making and beauty. We aim to protect the body from exploitation by the art and industry of dance, and we orient the body’s efforts toward the glory of God.To kick off this series, I interviewed Artistic and Executive Director Melody Stanert about her sense of purpose that drove her to found GPA and motivates her to create dance productions that inspire Christians in their faith. In Part I of our conversation, we discuss the power of relational storytelling and the difference between valuing and idolizing the body as dance artists.

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God at work in 2021-22

The Word in the Wings
By: Kaya Prasad
As our 2021-22 performance season draws to a close, the company has taken some time to reflect over the ways God has been at work among us. Read on to reflect and revisit some of the fruit of this year!

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From the stage: hope for what we do not see

The Word in the Wings
By: Kaya Prasad
One of my favorite things about storytelling through dance is the way dance layers together various elements to invite novel connections, generating new dimensions of meaning even for familiar ideas. Come Alive uses this layering capacity of dance to portray hope as certainty even in what we don’t yet see as reality.

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From the studio: Emily, Audrey and Lindsey on dancing in Come Alive

The Word in the Wings
By: Kaya Prasad
As Glorify Dance Theatre prepares to perform Come Alive, I spoke with several of the dancers about how they portray their characters in connection with narratives about resurrection from Scripture. Emily, Audrey and Lindsey each share some biblical and personal inspiration for their artistic choices in how they embody the message of resurrection hope in this original ballet.

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From the study: breath for bones, hope for life

The Word in the Wings
By: Kaya Prasad
In May 2022, Glorify Dance Theatre performs Come Alive, an original ballet about two young women who experience trials and transformation in their faith through relationships in high school and college. The ballet brings together the stories of characters who search for meaning and purpose from different sources and suggests that God’s spirit is a life-source with the power to sustain and restore.

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From the studio: Stephanie Morales on choreographing “Renovare”

The Word in the Wings
By: Kaya Prasad
For several weeks this spring, a group of GPA dancers have worked with guest choreographer Stephanie Morales on a piece set to portions of “Spring” from the album “Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi, the Four Seasons” (2014). The piece explores ideas associated with the season of spring as well as seasons of renewal and refreshment in faith. Read on to learn more about Steph’s inspiration for the piece.

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