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...

Season preview: Glorify Dance Theatre 2022-23

The Word in the Wings
By: Kaya Prasad
Glorify Dance Theatre’s 2022-23 season begins in September! Continue reading for a preview of the coming season’s productions and how each one engages with Scripture and with theological questions and themes.

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In sum(mer): the body’s work for the glory of God

The Word in the Wings
By: Kaya Prasad
This summer, The Word in the Wings has featured stories of how the work of Glorify Performing Arts addresses problems with the ways our culture often views the human body. In the 21st-century US, even at times within the church, it is common to discount, abuse, or idolize the body. To close this series, let’s look back at each of the stories shared by a GPA staff member, volunteer, and board member and how they reflect on this mission to recover a perspective on the body that reflects the values of God’s kingdom and new creation.

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Peace’s resolve: a discussion of choreography from Alive in Us

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. This week, let’s pause to examine a sample of movement engaging with the theological idea of peace. A snippet from Melody’s choreography in Alive In Us exemplifies how embodied ideas in space and time can communicate complex ideas in a unique, palpable way that resonates with common embodied experience.

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Art, emotion, and shared humanity: an interview with Megan Staub

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. For this week’s installment, I interviewed Board member Megan Staub about her experience with dance and the art form’s culture-shaping potential.

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Mirror, mirror: embodied art, self-reflection, and relational healing

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. Today I share a synthesis of conversations so far in this series to illustrate the value of GPA’s work through the art of dance for moving towards a view of the body that is in accord with Christian hope for redemption and resurrection in Christ.

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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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