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Six Omega events in April!
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Dear friends of Omega,

Springtime is (sort of) here and we hope there's a spring in your step! 

We have something for everyone this month: a solemn Good Friday service, a jubilant Easter mass, a workshop, a performance at an art show opening, and a Sunday service. And...a party! Happy 40th birthday to us!

So however you're connected to Omega, we hope we'll see or hear from you this springtime. That would surely put a spring in our step!

With blessings,
Becky, Katie, Martha, and Margaret

April Performances

Good Friday "Seven Last Words of Christ" Three Hour Devotion Service
Omega is thrilled to return to St. Ignatius for this unique service that features interfaith reflections, times of silence, and music and dance meditations. The company will present several pieces, including Carla De Sola's "Invocation," danced with Tibetan singing bowls.

Attendees are welcome to attend the entire three hours, or just portions of the service as they're able.
 
Friday, April 3, 12-3pm
The Church of St. Ignatius Loyola
Park Ave at 84th St Map
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Easter Sunday at St. Ignatius
Co-director Becky Reuter and Associate Director Margaret Elaine Plaza will bring joyful energy to St. Ignatius' Easter Sunday Family Mass, including an exuberant "Glory to God" and "Alleluia"! A choir of more than 30 singers and musicians of all ages will add to the Easter joy!
 
Sunday, April 5, 10:30am mass
Wallace Hall (beneath the church)
The Church of St. Ignatius Loyola
Park Ave at 84th St Map
Facebook event
Carla De Sola's "Birds of Longing"
Two performances!

Movement, spoken word, and visual art come together in a piece inspired by Laurie Wohl's fiber art show entitled "Birds of Longing: Exile and Memory," which interweaves Muslim, Jewish, and Christian poetry and spiritual texts.
 
Wednesday, April 15, 6-8pm
Opening reception of the art show

James Chapel at Union Theological Seminary
3041 Broadway at 121st Street Map
Facebook event

Sunday, April 26, 10:30am
Morning worship celebration
The Church of the Village; 13th St and 7th Ave Map
Facebook event
Carla De Sola in NYC April 11th! Join us for one or both events below!
Sacred Dance Workshop
with Omega Founder Carla De Sola

No prior dance experience necessary--just a willingness to explore how movement and the melding of body and spirit can lead to a deeper spiritual experience!

Saturday, April 11, 2-4pm
The Sheen Center
18 Bleecker St, NYC 10012 Map

Suggested donation: $20 cash or check at the door

RSVP via Facebook event is appreciated.
40th Anniversary Celebration
Join us for food and drinks as we celebrate 40 years of sacred dance! Friends and family welcome!

Appetizers (and cake!) served. Cash bar and full menu available.

Saturday, April 11, 5-8pm
Uptown Restaurant
1576 3rd Ave, NYC Map

RSVP via Facebook event is appreciated.
 
Omega History 101: "Lifting the Soul" in Dance Magazine
The Feast of St. Francis of Asissi (Earth Mass), Cathedral of St. John the Divine, circa the early 90s.

Omega was one of several liturgical dance companies featured in the "Religion in Motion" issue of Dance Magazine in December 2001. In an article written by Omega West's own Janet Weeks (now of Omega East), Janet and Carla De Sola talk about, among other things, the fact that liturgical dance presents unique challenges for choreographers:

"You have to consider not only the mood of the day but also the part of the service you're creating for," [says Carla De Sola]...And all liturgical works have to be created with particularities of each sanctuary's architecture in mind. Sometimes the dancers must negotiate stairs. Sometimes an immovable altar or ark will sit in the middle of the dancing space and must be worked into the choreography.

From cathedrals to mountaintops to the streets of NY, creating dances for specific occasions and sites comes--to quote Carla--with the territory of "dream(ing) liturgically."
 
In the Omega family
Co-director Rebecca Reuter in the Juilliard Journal!
In addition to working with Omega, Becky is Assistant Director of Educational Outreach at The Juilliard School. Click here to read her interview in the March issue of the Journal!
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