July was a busy month for Hawkgirl and me. But most notably because we had special guests! My friends and dancing family from Houston Texas, Ad Deum Dance Company.
We had a chance to connect in London, over the fantastic open air dance festival called Project Dance.
Following that we shared a wonderful day doing a cultural exchange with Springs Dance Company, with whom I dance now. Someone noted that I am probably the first person to dance for both companies. Being that they both share the same Christian ethos, and have long standing traditions of quality, this is kind of a neat claim.
We had a double bill performance with Springs and Ad Deum that week. Springs performing sections of our show Inside Out, and Ad Deum performing From One Heart, a seemingly never ending tour de force of grace, athleticism, beauty, and healing.
After that Ad Deum came up to Cambridge, where we hosted them for a couple of master classes, and their own performance at the beautiful Homerton College. I have no pictures of the show itself, but we were upgraded to the main auditorium by a quick thinking conferences manager (thanks, Gayle!) who realized we couldn’t bring chairs into the dance studio for our scheduled studio performance! The result was a beautiful night in an even nicer space than anticipated.
Following the master class the next morning, we took Ad Deum to our home for a BBQ with a couple local artists from Cambridge Contemporary Dance, and Cambridge Community Circus. There was food; there was catching up; there were games…. Then later we took them onto the scenic River Cam for some traditional punting!
I may or may not have committed every punting sin imaginable, (dropping the pole, getting stuck under a bridge, and going in zig zags…) but it’s okay! I’m the tour guide!!!
My heart was so full after a successful and meaningful time with such dear friends, but it wasn’t meant to be over. Late on Saturday night Randall Flinn (the artistic director) asked if I’d like to perform with them at their two performances for the C.S. Lewis Foundation’s conference Sunday and Monday evenings at the ADC Theatre. He suggested Be Still My Soul, a duet I used to perform with Ad Deum (both with my usual dance partner Shizu Yasuda and Sarah Yarbrough). Sarah was on this tour. I said I would love to!
With only a few short hours to show time Sarah and I went to work restaging the breathtaking duet. It was such a joy to dance it again, and share the stage with such beautiful, dear, and missed friends. Thanks Randall, Sarah, and Ad Deum for all your love and hard work to get to England, and all you give the world through your gift of dance.
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