Sunday, October 20, 2019
*** Venue change: This event will be held in Goodson Chapel in the Divinity School's Westbrook Building. Seating is limited. ***
In medieval Christian monasticism, the Old Testament was described as "The Book of Desire" and selections were included in daily prayers and the annual cycle of readings within the church calendar. The Psalms were of particular importance; read and recited at every service, they traced for Christians the narrative arc from longing for God to fulfillment in Christ, from lament to adoration.
This event engages the Psalter through the performing and visual arts. Performers include Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet, Andrew Nemr, Duke Chapel Evensong Singers, and Christopher Jacobson. In addition to traditional sacred music by Herbert Howells, Caroline Shaw, and others, the evening includes new dance works choreographed for this event and artworks by Makoto Fujimura. Stay after the performance to have a conversation with the artists.
Before the performance at 4:00 p.m., Fujimura gives a lecture about "On Painting the Psalms."
This performance is part of the Psalms in Dialogue series, a multi-year collaborative project engaging artists, performers, and theologians in a creative dialogue on the power of the Psalms to comfort and inspire communities of faith.
Admission is free. Event parking is available for $5 in the Bryan Center Parking Garage at 125 Science Drive; ADA parking is available in the Bryan Center Surface Lot at the same address.