This year's production of Christmas Revelations again features Maresa D'Amore Morrison as Mary and Steven Cornwall as Joseph. It's a lovely cast of NY and Boston performers. It plays from December 15th- 17th. Tickets are available through sheencenter.org Hope to see you there! Fr. Bob Vereecke
For some reason we lost the video of For the Greater Glory of God. Here it is back again.
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About 40 years ago I created a visual Passion for the BC Chorale liturgy on Palm Sunday. Over the years, the passion was done at Trinity Chapel and then for 27 years at St Ignatius. This is the first year that I'm doing it at Xavier in NYC. I think it still has great power but I've made some changes because of the space. I also have Judas dressed in a suit and tie, a woman playing the Holy Spirit who accompanies Jesus and Steven Cornwall as Jesus. Will see how it goes.
On Wednesday evening April 12th, we will be doing What Wondrous love is this! Danced evening prayer with the Seven Last Words of Christ. Steven and Maresa D'Amore Morrison will be dancing. Hope some of my New York friends can attend.
Holy Week and Easter Blessings!
The first year (I hope) of Christmas Revelations was remarkably successful. Dancers and actors from NY, Boston and Kingston Jamaica all gathered together on December 16th and put the show together in one night! Thanks to Jamie and Carol for their tireless devotion to the work and for their multiple trips to NY.Thanks to Daisy in Boston for working with the young dancers! Thanks to Howard, Rich Larsen and Steve Flately for reuniting to do the tech together after 30 years! At some point I hope to post a video.
i I can hardly believe that I haven't posted since March! Most of you know that the past months have brought significant changes to my life. I'm now Pastor of St Francis Xavier on 16th St In Manhattan. As soon as I arrived however I explored the possibility of doing something for Christmas in the tradition of Christmas Reflections and A Dancer's Christmas. One morning I had a revelation! Why not call it Christmas Revelations! The biggest challenge has been that the stage at the Sheen Center where we are performing is about one-quarter the size of the Robsham so I have had to think "small" when I'm used to thinking "big". The good news is that Maresa D'Amore Morrison who started dancing with the company when she was 8 years old is dancing (beautifully) the role of Mary. Sara Knight who was a featured dancer in ADC for many years introduced me to one of her students who is a stunning dancer. Others who have danced with us and who now live in NY, Julie Krieg and Michael Prince are joining us as well as Christina Beachnau and Justine Delpriora. And believe it or not, Daisy, and her kids and Andy Martin and his daughters are also performing. To top it all off, Michelle Principi, who is now in NY will be doing the Irish Step in the Doll Dance. And of course Steven Cornwall is coming in from Jamaica. So you can see, that I may have changed cities, but I haven't changed a bit. And look who's dancing on the cover of the poster!
After 27 years this was the final Danced Lenten Evening prayer at St Ignatius. I hope you enjoy it.
Words fail me as I try to express my profound gratitude to all of you who danced this year as well as those from former years who were able to be present at the final performance on the Robsham Stage after 35 years! When i created A Dancer's Christmas in 1984, the apostrophe came before the s, symbolizing a single dancer's experience of Christmas. After all these years I think the apostrophe should come after since the Christmas Shows belong to all of you! A DANCERS' CHRISTMAS!
A special thanks to Brian Faherty who sent the vimeo link to the final performance you can see it in the Christmas Reflections page on our website.
The Boston Liturgical Dance Ensemble performs the choreography of Robert VerEecke, S.J. During the Advent season, the company presents its major work--Christmas Reflections. On holidays, the company participates in the liturgies at St. Ignatius Church. BLDE hosts sevmalleral workshops each year.