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...

From the study: kindness in the face of fear

The Word in the Wings
By: Kaya Weaver
Glorify Dance Theatre has begun work on a new ballet, Chesed, that will premiere this March. The ballet explores different facets of the meaning of ḥesed to explore how humans relate to God and to each other through generous, loyal love. One narrative that illustrates the circumstances and choices that lead to ḥesed is the story of Rahab, found in Joshua 2.

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Why arts ministry: a conversation with Julia Dutill

The Word in the Wings
By: Kaya Weaver
Julia Dutill is an Apprentice with Glorify Dance Theatre and has been involved with the company since 2020. Join me for a conversation where Julia shares about how her relationship with God shapes her dance practice and performance.

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Why arts ministry: a conversation with Elizabeth Si

The Word in the Wings
By: Kaya Weaver
Elizabeth Si is an Apprentice with Glorify Dance Theatre and has been dancing with the company since 2019. Join me for a conversation where Elizabeth shares about the role dance plays in her relationships and her personal faith.

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Why arts ministry: a brief introduction

The Word in the Wings
By: Kaya Weaver
At Glorify Performing Arts, we endeavor to interact skillfully with aspects of God’s creation, making art as a way of growing in faith and understanding. Over the next month, I’ll be sharing conversations with several company artists where they discuss their perspectives on why dance is a powerful practice for Christian faith and ministry.

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From the studio: Melody Stanert on making “A Candy Cane Christmas”

The Word in the Wings
By: Kaya Weaver
Starting this weekend, you can see a preview of GPA’s Christmas ballet, A Candy Cane Christmas, as well as reflect with us on Scripture that connects with the story. Listen in on my conversation with Artistic Director Melody Stanert to learn more about her heart behind this fun-filled event!

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From the study: receiving the king with joy

Excerpt
The Word in the Wings
By: Kaya Weaver
“When Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea in the days when Herod was king, look! Magi from the east came into Jerusalem, saying, “Where is the one born king of the Judeans? For we saw his star when it rose and came to worship him” (Matthew 2:1). In a few weeks, GPA will share a preview of A Candy Cane Christmas, a ballet reflecting on the range of ways we can respond to Jesus’s coming at Christmas. King Herod and the magi also show different responses to the arrival of God’s kingdom.

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From the stage: “Your word is a lamp to my feet”

The Word in the Wings
By: Kaya Weaver
The opening sequence of Casefile: Euangelion takes place in darkness. The dancers take turns traversing the stage, each shining a flashlight on her feet, providing just enough illumination to dance a direct path to the other side. The sequence calls to mind an image from Psalm 119:105. Though this psalmist exhibits exceptional focus on the centrality of God’s word to a life of goodness, Psalm 119 is not the only chapter that suggests what God’s people are to do with God’s word. If we read about how Joshua, Josiah, and Jesus interact with the words of Scripture, we can see how God’s word mediates trusting relationships with Yahweh, thus lighting the path to life.

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