Libera The Joy of Believing is a show by choreographers and dancers who have a biblical worldview. Wait, wait, dont run off to the hills. This isnt praise dancing (efforts by well-meaning amateurs to incorporate a dance performance into a worship service, usually with results of questionable quality). Its just dancers who acknowledge and incorporate their faith into their art. What can happen sometimes is that the arts become tools for the church, says Ad Deum Dance Company Artistic Director/choreographer Randall Flinn. The particular focus is not on the excellence in the art form, its on getting the message across. Which is valid, no doubt. But thats not what we do.
For myself, as a choreographer, I believe there is a need for artists to make contributions to humanity, beyond just Bible stories, Flinn goes on. Theres the need for art that inspires and offers hope.
Liberas program includes Walk of Promise, a new work about the perseverance of the human spirit, which saw its premiere at Miller Outdoor Theatre recently. I Told Jesus, choreographed by Bobby Wesner, features music by Roberta Flack, including Bridge Over Troubled Water. (Still not quite convinced this isnt hokey praise dancing? Just remember that Martha Graham was a Sunday school teacher as well as a groundbreaking -choreographer.)
Ad Deum performs Libera at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Barnevelder/Movement Arts Complex, 2201 Preston. For information, call 713-626-5050 or visit www.danceaddeum.com. $15.
Sat., May 17, 8 p.m.; Sun., May 18, 3 p.m., 2008