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Naomi Cook writes:

Rigging theatrical lighting and sound and laying down a stage floor might sound like unusual tools for an ecumenical initiative, yet this is exactly what happened in Stamford Methodist Church on the 24th November. Organised by, and for, Churches Together, this event was the first night of Springs Dance Company's Advent tour of Journey of the Magi

On that wintry evening in Stamford audience members from different churches and communities came together to see a story brought to life through dance and theatre; a festive production that celebrates a birth long ago and points the show's modern day characters towards hope and reconciliation. From the chaotic Christmas Shopping scene to the joyful celebration at the birth of Jesus, worshippers from many church traditions were given the chance to be united in laughter and reflection.

For the cast and crew that evening it was witness to Churches Together's strength to see different denominations come together in a new way: to welcome Springs to Stamford, share the organisation of the event and warmly host the dancers and technician in their homes. Rev Andy Fyall, Minister of Stamford Methodist Church who hosted the evening, said: “The production was full of the joy of Christian faith in an amazingly accessible way, using dance, music and humour.  People spoke of the wonder of the birth of Jesus as expressed through the talents of the dancers, and were especially moved by the portrayal of the Manger scene using props which had become familiar throughout the story.”

Springs Artistic Director Ruth Hughes says 'What excites me about our work is that our productions are intrinsically inclusive; communicating through a common language and telling stories through movement, theatre and music’.

Springs Dance Company will be touring Bread of Life during Lent and Easter 2018, and Journey of the Magi leading up to Christmas 2018.

To find out more about how a production could bring your churches together, contact Springs Dance Company: https://springsdancecompany.org.uk/productions/  

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