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A look back on the 2013-2014 season of New York's premiere professional sacred dance company.
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Dear Friends of Omega,

As Omega wraps up its 2013-2014 season, we wish to extend a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us this past year. From resurrecting repertory to creating new choreography, Omega grew a lot this year.

Continue reading for some reflections from the Omega leadership team, links to photo albums from our 2013-2014 performances, and information on a Sacred Dance Guild event in just a couple weeks.

2014-2015 will mark Omega's 40th season, so keep an eye out for special events and newsletters. We've got a lot to celebrate!

Peace,
Becky, Katie, Martha, and Margaret

Omega News
From Brooklyn to France to Cuba!

Omega's Associate Director, Margaret Elaine Plaza, is currently in Nice, France studying under the tutelage of Mr. Gianin Loringett in her role as a 2014 National Artist Teacher Fellow. She will travel to Cuba to continue her studies before the summer is out. Margaret is documenting her globe-trotting, dancing adventures via reflections in an online journal--Click here to read the latest!
Stay tuned for news on Carla DeSola's visit to New York!

Omega looks forward to hosting our founder, Carla DeSola, in Spring 2015. Keep an eye on the Omega website and in these newsletters for info on a workshop and other activities. Carla continues to heal from a knee injury; thank you for your ongoing prayers!
Some words of reflection on our 2013-2014 season
From Katie Bignell, Co-director
When I look back over our last year, one experience that stands out is choreographing the procession for the Good Friday Seven Last Words of Christ service at St. Ignatius. The vision for the piece had come to me uninvited as I sat in the pew the year before, but the idea of embodying the soldiers who escorted Jesus to his dying place was an uncomfortable one; it forced me to imagine myself in their shoes.  The aisle at St. Ignatius felt impossibly long; I wondered how long the procession from Jerusalem to Calvary--no matter the actual distance--had felt to the soldiers. Did they feel proud to be doing this duty? Ashamed? Afraid? Challenging myself to become one of them had the side effect of humanizing these historically violent and abusive people.

And I think that's the reason I've chosen sacred dance for my vocation (or rather, why it has chosen me): Dance has the power to shed light on the human condition, and thus on the One who created it.

From Martha Chapman, Co-director
This has been a year of highs and lows with personal and family health issues that were pretty hard knocks balanced with amazing experiences of grace. Omega Dance Company has been a joy for me; I am blessed to be developing leadership with amazing women whom I love dearly, and receive support and wisdom from Carla DeSola, Omega's founder, and recent directors, Mignon Gillen and Sandra Rivera, who carried Omega forward for so many years.  God's grace shines through these dancing spirits, the Sacred Dance Guild, and my home at The Church of the Village, where Omega is based.  I know God has work for me to do with Omega, and my heart is humbled and glad to be dancing on and spreading the light as best I can. 

From Becky Reuter, Co-director
When I reflect on Omega's 2013-2014 season, I am especially grateful for the opportunity to minister through movement on Good Friday and Easter at St. Ignatius Loyola. With liturgical dance having played as large a role in the Lent's and Easter's of my life as fasting and chocolate bunnies, to not dance during Holy Week the past few years has felt like an exercise in translation--how could I understand these stories of suffering, death, and new life but through movement?   

As Omega prepared for the Good Friday Three Hour Devotion and Easter Sunday Family Mass at St. Ignatius this year, my heart rejoiced and my muscles ached with relief. To embody Jesus' passion and resurrection in dance anew was to hear and tell Jesus' sacred story in my native language once again. And to do so in the presence of my passionate Omega colleagues and the welcoming arms of the St. Ignatius community was to embrace another old friend. A beautiful return, indeed! 

From Margaret Elaine Plaza, Associate Director
This year I entered into the role of leadership amidst a group of extraordinary women. Individually we are unique, but together we are a tour de force bringing to the table years of experience, love and passion for God, prayer, dance, and education, as well as a fierce commitment to Omega Dance Company.   
 
Some highlights from this year that I treasure with all my heart are:
  • Reconnecting to the sacred space of St. Ignatius Loyola Church
  • Meeting the extraordinary Father Ugo for the first time and watching him preside over Christmas Eve Mass at St. Ignatius
  • Being a witness to the beautiful craftsmanship, development, and performance of Katie Bignell's Take My Mother Home
  • Teaching, re-staging, and performing Mignon Gillen's powerful and moving Love Cry
  • Bringing joy to Easter Mass through movement and prayer under the leadership of Becky Reuter
  • Watching Martha Chapman's love and commitment for Carla DeSola and Beyond Words
  • Making new sister friends through dance and prayer with joyous women from Canada and across the US when Beyond Words was postponed 
I look forward to the evolution of Omega Dance Company through the collective efforts of the leadership team, with dancers we love past and present, and with new working relationships we build along the way.
 
Thank you for your support.
 
Margaret Elaine Plaza
Associate Director of Omega Dance Company
A look back on our 2013-2014 season
Click on the albums below to see photos from Omega's past year.
In the Omega dance family
"Weaving Webs of Light" Workshop
Hosted by the Sacred Dance Guild
August 16-17, 2014
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Facilitator: Cherie Hill

The image seen here symbolizes the continuity of life, the weaving dancers illustrating our interconnectedness and our personal, collective and global journey to our spiritual centre. Our focus for the event will be dance as a healing art where we will weave webs of light throughout our time together experiencing those moments of peace and grace as healing points of light in our hectic lives. Join us as we explore and connect these moments through movement and dance.

For registration information, please visit the Sacred Dance Guild website.
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