Chrysalis and Richmond Ballet Explore the Sacredness of Dance with RVA Ballet’s Stoner Winslett
The Chrysalis Institution and Richmond Ballet Company will be co-hosting an event titled Seeking the Sacred in Dance On Wednesday, January 29th at 7 pm. This event will be an oral presentation by Richmond Ballet Artistic Director Stoner Winslett and Artistic Associate and Ballet Master Malcolm Burn on how dance and movement manifests itself in one’s daily life and spirituality.
“This event is really set to examine the idea that Agnes de Mille puts forth in writing about the ‘awesome holy act of perfection’,” Malcolm said. “We believe we are able to examine the pursuit of this “perfection” through the demonstration of a dancer’s training. Therefore, not only will there be a discussion, but students from The School of Richmond Ballet, children from our community outreach program, Minds In Motion, as well members from our professional company will be performing small pieces. Through these demonstrations, those in attendance will be able to see the various phases of training that a ballet dancer must pass through, as they strive to attain that ultimate ‘perfection.’”
According to their webpage, “Chrysalis Institute is a vibrant resource and learning center for exploring insights and practices drawn from the world’s spiritual traditions, philosophies and contemporary science. Chrysalis Institute encourages spiritual growth and exploration beyond the conventional boundaries of any one faith.” Seeking the Sacred in Dance is one event in Seeking the Sacred in All Things, a series of conversations that Chrysalis is hosting. The premise of the series is to meditate on how different art forms, including dance, music, and poetry, affect spirituality, and how they have become sacred in our lives.
Although Chrysalis is organizing the series of events, they left the content of Seeking the Sacred in Dance to the Richmond Ballet Company. Mariah Gruner, Program Coordinator at the Chrysalis Institute said “I am hoping that it will spark a conversation for people, that they’ll start to consider the ways in which dance can be an expression of the sacred, or how it can be a manifestation of it, that we move our bodies every day, and how that is a creative act. We will talk with people who have made it their life’s work. For those of us in the audience, we will be able to think about our bodies moving through space in different ways.”
Seeking the Sacred in Dance is on Wednesday, January 29th at 7:00 pm. Ticket information can be found either on the Richmond Ballet Company’s website www.richmondballet.com or on the Chrysalis Institute’s website www.thechrysalisgroup.com. Information for other programs and events hosted by each group can be found on their respective pages.
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