Oct. 26 Performance to Raise Questions about the Environment
Posted on Thursday, October 21, 2010 [8:54 AM]
Tevyn East will perform Leaps and Bounds at 7 p.m. CT on Tuesday,
Oct. 26, at the
Norma & Glen Hodge Center for Discipleship.
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Rethinking humankind's
relationship with the Earth will be the theme of an upcoming
one-woman show at Lindsey Wilson College.
"Leaps and Bounds," presented by The
Affording Hope Project and featuring artist Tevyn East, will be
performed at 7 p.m. CT on Tuesday, Oct. 26, at the Lindsey Wilson
College Norma & Glen Hodge Center for Discipleship.
The event -- which is part of the 2010-11 Lindsey Wilson
Cultural Affairs Series -- is free and open to the public.
"Leaps and Bounds" is a 75-minute, one-woman show that explores
the intersection of faith, ecology and the global economy.
"This is a particularly relevant show considering the recent
ecological crises in the Gulf of Mexico and now in Hungary," said
LWC Cultural Affairs Series Chair Phil Hanna, who is also the college's director
of library services.
"Leaps and Bounds" employs a number of creative tools, including
storytelling, song, poetry, prayer, movement and music.
"It is a work of theater that sheds light on the driving factors
of the current ecological crisis while awakening audience members'
imagination to a new way of living with and relating to Earth,"
Hanna said. "Grounded in theological reflection, Leaps and Bounds
embodies an adventure, searching for the values that would support
an economic system that promotes human well-being and ecological
Written in collaboration with well-known New Testament biblical
scholar Ched Myers, "Leaps and Bounds" is produced and performed by
East. With foot-stomping songs, playful humor and daring dance
sequences, East's performance draws the audience along a compelling
"Leaps and Bounds" has been shared with more that 30 audiences
in 23 U.S. cities. This fall, the show is touring faith communities
and college campuses in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and South.
The show "opens the past to critical reflection, the present to
prophetic challenge, and the future to new possibilities," said Von
Clemons, pastor of adult education at Myers Park Presbyterian in
The daughter of two Presbyterian (USA) ministers, East has spent
most of her adult life developing original works of dance theater.
She has also taught dance and organized workshops and other
cultural events in Charlottesville, Va.
East conceived of "Leaps and Bounds" while working with the Faith,
Economy, Ecology Working Group, a Washington, D.C.-based
coalition of mostly faith-based organizations and individuals.
Resource material from FEE and other faith-based initiatives will
be available at the Oct. 26 show.
"This magical performance" leaves audience members "laughing,
humming and crying -- and wanting to understand more about how our
faith can inform our vision of the Judeo- Christian story that will
move us to action," said the Rev Dennis J. Parker of the Campus
Minister at Portland State University.