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Christopher Caines Dance

Christopher Caines Dance


Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 4:00am

at the St. Francis Day, Oct. 7, at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine

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Dear Friends,             
In 2011, I was commissioned to create new dances for the Feast of St. Francis/The Blessing of the Animals at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. This service, one of the highlights of the cathedral's liturgical calendar, takes place this Sunday, October 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. My dances were the first new choreography made for the event in 30 years. This project was one of the most exciting and challenging of my career to date: St. John the Divine is the largest cathedral in the world.    


The service is accompanied by Paul Winter's 1981 commissioned score Earth Mass/Missa Gaia, performed by the Paul Winter Ensemble with a choir of 325 voices under the direction of the cathedral's new music director, Kent Tritle. The event culminates with the famous and beloved Living Earth: The Silent Procession of Animals and the Blessing of the Animals, which this year will include, among many others, a llama, a yak, and a camel. 


People of all faiths are welcome, together with their pets. Directly after the service, cathedral clergy will be available for individual blessings at the Fair on the Close. The Fair's themes---celebration of Creation, compassion, and faithful stewardship of the Earth---align with St. Francis's vision and work. 
For information on passes to the service, click on the links above or at left. My dancers and I hope to see you there. 

camel at the blessing of the animals
Preparing for the climactic Silent Preocession of Animals


reindeer at the Blessing of the Animals 
The Living Earth:
The Sillent Procession of Animals

Christopher Caines


 Robin Campos    Elisa Toro Franky
Jacline Henrichs    Mike Hodge    Aynsley Inglis   
Paul Monaghan   
Katie Moorhead    Leigh Schanfein   
Christian Serrano-Godén

Assistant to the Choreographer
Keelin Ryan

Ingrid Maurer

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