Monday, January 7, 2013

Dance Blog: Dlog???

(Lara, AdDeum Company member. Photo credit Lancia Smith)
Ad Deum Dance Company is entering the world of blogging, with hopes of keeping our friends, fans, family, and future friends up-to-date on the happenin's of the company! Thanks for reading. We plan to keep it fun and photographic, so there will be lots of cool stories, pictures, and stuff to sink your teeth into.. or your toes.

The 2012-2013 season is halfway through, and we thought we'd recap for you with several of our favorite moments from Fall 2012. Drumroll please...

We danced for Dance Houston's annual fundraiser at Fifty-Two-Twenty-Six. We swapped off with various other dance artists, including ballerinas, aerialists, and breakers, bringing our own contemporary flavor with Come Home to Me.
(top to bottom: Emily, Stella, and Tiffany)

For a second year running we were invited to Corpus Christi, TX to participate in adjudicating and guesting in CC Concert Ballet's Bailando! festival. We brought both old and new works, and enjoyed networking with dancers from around Texas and (oh, you know) Russia. We really feel we left our mark:... especially on the wall of Chipotle. It's okay... they let us. Through our Russian connection Randall and Principal Dancer Shizu will be going to Belarus to adjudicate an urban dance festival in the Spring
Check out the Shizu original caricature of Randy...!
We had the exciting privilege of being invited to Biel, Switzerland to participate in the rockin' youth music festival called the X Days. The company taught a master workshop all that week and performed for the X Days with rave reviews.
L to R: dancers Melissa, Emily, and Sarah
Later in the season we returned to the CS Lewis Southwest Regional conference for their annual event in Navasota, TX. This is always a favorite event of the year, where theologians, writers, and daydreamers come together to celebrate the richness of faith, imagination, and philosophy. This year did not disappoint as people came to us after with tears in their eyes to tell us how touched they were. One man with a cane told us he was going to leave the conference early, due to pain in his leg from a recent accident. But he felt God tell him to stay for the dance concert, and was amazed to feel the pain lift as he watched, staying for the whole performance
L to R: Sarah and Emily in I Surrender All. CS Lewis Conference
(photo credit Lancia Smith)
The last big event of the year for us (officially) was our own production This Dance Is Not My Own. Randall Flinn (artisitc director), asked the audience to join us in prayer for the families of the Connecticut tradgedy, as we offered a prayer-in-dance. "We dare not horde our gifts and talents to ourselves, but our lives--this dance--is for others... it is not our own."
We restaged some classic work, as well as premeired some brand new material for this evening of intercession and sharing.

Stella performs Mary, in former Graham Company Steve Rooks' restaging of Angels.
(photo credit: Amitava Sarkar)
Dan in the premeir of the circus-style Green Man
(photo credit: Amitava Sarkar)
Lastly, lastly, (for reals this time!) the Company celebrated the fin-de-half-season with a combination cast party/viewing of the Hobbit! Nevermind having 13 Dwarves for supper with no announcement, imagine having your house crashed by 23 dancers...!
Just us and Gandalf...
We'll be posting soon with updates from the company, both from the studio, the street, and with news about upcoming events, so add us to your favorites, 'cuz we're dance blogging now. Would that be called "dlogging?"...


  1. Wonderful! I am so excited to be able to follow Ad Deum's blog. Fabulous idea! The pictures are beautiful and your post inspiring. Thank you,
    Kerry Runyeon

  2. Great to read. Thanks for a peek into your world.