Happy New Year!

It’s been 8 months since Faith graduated college. 2018 was a very busy year filled with transition and development.

She has settled into her new home and is working hard. Some of her New Year’s Resolutions include dancing more and writing more.

She will be looking for freelance projects in both writing and dance. If you need help with your blog, a book edited, website information updated…help with dance classes, maybe you want a dance subject for a photo shoot or video…don’t hesitate to contact her.

Faith eagerly awaits the chance to work with you.

Happy New Year!

Converting God's Trombones: A Presentation of Dance and Poetry

Faith Sayles' Honors Presentation

Last night, Faith presented her senior project for the Honors Program. 

James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) was an African-American poet, author, educator, lawyer, diplomat, songwriter, and civil rights activist.  He is best known for writing “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

As a child, I was given the Clay Classics “God’s Trombones” which features three of Johnson’s poems, and I fell in love with his words. His complete work is “God’s Trombones – Seven Negro Sermons in Verse” (published 1927), though there is an 8th poem that is a prayer in verse.

For this project, I chose three of his poems to analyze and then developed three dances inspired by those poems. Eventually, I would like to analyze all of the poems in “God’s Trombones” and create an entire concert inspired by his work.

 

Poster design by Alena Nead

Poster design by Alena Nead