Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Ad Deum Dance Company Performances, News

This Houston performance of Ad Deum, a Christian dance compnay, will feature works by four innovative choreographers.

Company member Christina Schanta will debut her work Into The Sun which follows people in different stages of emotion, ranging from apathy to intensity and culminating in exultation. It's about the emotional choices we make in community when walking through life together. Melissa Brading, former dancer of Ad Deum now dancing in New York, will premiere her new work Just Keep Driving which explores the question Why do we keep pushing forward? Is it because of pressure from family, God or just the desire of success? Do we even know why we do what we do? This piece does not look to answer these questions, but asks you to contemplate them.

Steve Rooks, former principal dancer with The Martha Graham Dance Company will present two works, Gomer, a stirring solo for dancer Shizu Yasuda based on the biblical account of a woman’s redemption from the book of Hosea, and Rwandan Cry, dedicated to a young Rwandan woman who witnessed the massacre of her family while literally having to dance for her own life before her killers.

Artistic Director Randall Flinn will bring to the stage his new work Unconfined, a four-part piece that explores the suppression of freedom of a village, nation and culture and the longing of it’s inhabitants to break away from prescription and discover the joy of true liberation.

Ad Deum News: Ad Deum recently returned from Guadalajara, Mexico as one of two international guest companies to be invited by The Ministry of Culture to perform for the 13th Annual Festival Internacional De Danza. The company was overwhelmingly received by both their audiences and the Ministry of Culture represenatives. One incredible testimony from one of our performances was a young man coming up to us in tears and telling us how the beauty and liberty of our dancing made him decide that very evening not to end his life, as he was consideriing suicide due to great unhappiiness. He said the dances we presented and “the spirit upon them” made him realize there was purpose in life and that God gives liberty to the soul. You can only imagine how impacted we were by this. The Ministry of Culture has welcomed us back to perform in their biggest theatre and to also perform in hospitals, orphanages and nursing homes. We are so very humbled and thankful!

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Lauren Yarger, Bio

Lauren Yarger has written, directed and produced numerous shows and special events for both secular and Christian audiences. She co-wrote a Christian musical version of “A Christmas Carol” which played to sold-out audiences of over 3,000 in Vermont and was awarded the 2000 Vermont Bessie (theater and film awards) for “People’s Choice for Theatre.” She also has written two other dinner theaters, sketches for church services and devotions for Christian artists.

Yarger trained for three years in the Broadway League’s Producer Development Program, completed the Commercial Theater Institute's Producing Three-Day Training and produced a one-woman musical about Mary Magdalene that toured nationally and closed with an off-Broadway run.

In 2008 she was a Fellow at the National Critics Institute at the O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. She writes reviews of Broadway and off-Broadway theater with a Christian perspective for Reflections in the Light (http://reflectionsinthelight.blogspot.com/) and is editor of The Connecticut Arts Connection. She also is a contributing editor for BroadwayWorld.com

She also reviews books for Publisher's Weekly and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. She formerly was Connecticut theater editor for CurtainUp, a national theater web site bsed in New York and a reviewer for American Theater Web.

She also served as Executive Director of Masterwork Productions, Inc. and worked in arts management for the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

She is a freelance writer and member of the Drama Desk, The Outer Critics Circle, The American Theater Critics Association, The League of Professional Theatre Women and The CT Critics Circle.

A former newspaper editor and graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, Yarger lives with her husband in West Granby, CT and has two adult children.

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