What is the Dance and Drama challenge?
Do you love the performing arts? Would you like to encourage the use of performing arts in your church, youth group or school? Then take a dance or drama challenge! This year there are two challenges which use dance and drama to explore themes in the book of Genesis.
If you have taken a challenge, please let us know or send a recording of your performance to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Get together with a group of people who enjoy dance/drama. Make sure someone has experience in dance, direction or choreography.
- Choreograph or dramatise a piece based on Genesis 1 using the backing track by Tim Hunter Music (see the resources below). This track is designed to accompany a reading of Genesis 1, so select a narrator to read Genesis 1 during the piece using the timing suggestions below. A narrated version of the backing track will also be available soon.
- When choreographing, pay close attention to the words in Genesis and think about how you can bring them to life through movement. Also consider repeating movements or sequences at the beginning or end of the ‘days’ to create a sense of structure. Use the music as inspiration also!
- To involve a whole church, you might allocate different groups a ‘day’ of creation. Then combine the sections together to form a completed piece.
The following time allocations are a guide for reading through Genesis 1 in time with the backing track:
Day 1 (Genesis 1:1) – 0:00
Day 2 (Genesis 1:6) – 0:40
Day 3 (Genesis 1:9) – 1:05
Day 4 (Genesis 1:14) – 1:40
Day 5 (Genesis 1:20) – 2:20
Day 6 (Genesis 1:24) – 3:10 (3:30 – creation of man, 3:55 – God blesses man)
Day 7 (Genesis 2:1) – 4:45
This challenge is great for individuals and groups.
- Choose one of the following set poems by Jane Rummey or Nesta Sutherland: Jacob’s Lament, Palette of Life, Notes of Praise or Sounds of Wonder.
- Bring the poem to life through a dramatic reading or dramatisation. You might divide the poem into sections and share the reading, perform the poem as a monologue or you might use drama to bring the poem to life.
- Think about how you could use symbolic props, speed and emphasis to create interest in your piece.