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Liturgical or Sacred Dance

Liturgical or Sacred dance has as its purpose in the deepening and focusing of the worship experience; it is not merely ornamental or decorative. Dance is a powerful art form in which people of all ages can participate and to which all ages can and do respond.

Shrimathi Susanna has a passion to share sacred dance in Christian places of worship in the U.K and into Europe and on Sunday 21st December 2014 Naatya East gave their first Liturgical performance during Choral Evensong at Chelmsford Cathedral.

A group of 26 Bharathanatyam dancers, performed three East Meets West dances to a mixed congregation of Hindus and Christians.

"It was an extraordinary, unique and hugely valued occasion, when dancers from one faith and culture had the grace and courage to come to the heart of another faith and culture to contribute to and augment its worship. The English Choral Tradition met Classical Indian music and dance, and the resulting symmetry astonished and moved everyone who witnessed it. The event proved very important, not only for Chelmsford Cathedral’s dialogue and outreach with different faith communities in Essex, and to showcase the diversity, openness and welcome that should define what a Cathedral is for."

The Rev’d Canon Ivor Moody - Vice Dean and Canon Pastor of Chelmsford Cathedral


© 2018 Shrimathi Susanna. The Maltings, Chipping Hill, Halstead, Essex CO9 2BY

Photos taken by Bill Hiskett