Lenten ‘Call & Response’ Series 2017


‘Call and Response’

Questions are part of every person’s journey in life. For Lent 2017 we wanted to create the opportunity for people consider and share their questions and to involve artists in creatively reflecting on these questions. The series launched with a voice workshop and continued over five weeks, culminating in a pilgrimage evening during Holy Week. The evening included the performance of a site specific electronic music composition and contemporary dance. Those who attended were invited to follow the dancers through the cathedral space, with different areas designated for reflection guided by a leaflet detailing Lenten topics and reflection questions.

‘Call and Response’ Conveners Rachel Austin is a singer, songwriter, sound artist and voice teacher with over 10 years of experience across a wide range of styles including jazz, rock, punk and folk. Rachel lived and worked in Belfast for a number of years and has studied at Mills College in Oakland, CA, as well as completing artist-in-residence fellowships in Austria and Germany. Maria Nilson Waller is a dance artist and choreographer. Based in Dublin, she creates as an independent artist, dividing her work between Ireland and Sweden, often in close collaboration with dancers, musicians, film artists and photographers. Maria has received commissions from Galway Dance Days, Dublin City Council and Estrad Norr. Abigail Sines is Dean’s Vicar in Christ Church Cathedral. As part of the cathedral’s Spirituality Programme, she seeks to make space for creative responses to Biblical texts and themes throughout the seasons in the church year.  

Saturday, 4 March, Quiet morning, 10 am – 1 pm ‘Giving Voice’—For this Quiet Morning we will open up our voices physically through voice and breath work and meditatively through taking time to become aware of and contemplate the questions we carry.

Wednesday, 8 March, 7-9 pm Working with input from the ‘Giving Voice’ Quiet Morning, Maria and Rachel will be collaborating on development of a score in designated areas of the cathedral, with visitors welcome to listen in or to make additional contribution to the soundscape. Elsewhere in the cathedral creative prayers spaces and the labyrinth will be available for quiet reflection.  

Wednesday, 15 March, 7-9 pm Two sessions of lectio divina, the meditative reading of scripture, will take place, at 7:30 and 8:15 pm, led by the Dean, the Very Revd Dermot Dunne.    

Wednesday, 22 March, 7-9 pm Rachel and Maria will continue their work in development of a score and choreography reflecting on the project themes. Contemplative music, creative prayer spaces and labyrinth will be available for quiet reflection.

Wednesday, 29 March, 7-9 pm Two sessions of lectio divina, the meditative reading of scripture, will take place, at 7:30 and 8:15 pm, led by the Dean, the Very Revd Dermot Dunne.

Wednesday, 11 April, 7-9 pm This evening we will share in an act of worship together with liturgy developed out of the creative process of the previous weeks. The service begins at 7 pm, and is followed by a bring-and-share supper in the crypt, with conversation around the questions we are carrying this Holy Week. For more details contact Abigail on abigail@christchurch.ie.