Carla De Sola

27th Annual

Reading of the Sacred Texts

In God we live and move and have our being:
A Dancer’s Exploration of Sacred Texts

Drawing upon her lifetime of work introducing sacred dance in a variety of settings, De Sola will recount how she draws inspiration from biblical sacred texts, sacred texts from nature, and the urgings of our life. She draws upon prayer and improvisation, integrating body, soul, mind and spirit to illuminate what she envisions as the movement behind the word. Her presentation will include both lecture and demonstration, as well as video excerpts of her dances, including simple experiential movement prayers. Sr. Martha Ann Kirk will introduce De Sola and moderate a Q & A following the lecture.

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MARCH 13, 2019



Graduate Theological Union
Dinner Board Room
2400 Ridge Road
Berkeley, CA


A pioneer in liturgical dance, Carla De Sola has a Diploma from the Juilliard School, Department of Dance, and an MA in Theology and the Arts from the Pacific School of Religion (PSR), Graduate Theological Union (GTU). She founded the Omega Liturgical Dance Company at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City, in 1976 and currently directs Omega West Dance Company in the Bay Area. De Sola taught classes through PSR and the Center for the Arts & Religion (CARe) from 1990 – 2017 and has offered workshops and created liturgical dances for most of the GTU member schools.

Professor of Religious Studies at the University of the Incarnate Word, Sister Martha Ann Kirk holds a Th.D. in Theology and the Arts from the GTU. She first studied with De Sola while getting her MA from Fordham University in 1976. Her first of seven books, Dancing with Creation: Mexican and Native American Dance in Christian Worship and Education (1983), was written as part of her GTU studies.

Sponsored by the Flora Lamson Hewlett Library. For more information call 510-649-2541.