The TheoArtistry Festival (5-6 March 2018) brought together theologians, composers, poets, and scholars of the arts to celebrate partnerships between the disciplines.
As the theological researcher for a composition on ‘the burning bush’ (Exodus 3), my experience with fire performance art informed my part in the project.
As the University press release put it:
Among [the contributors] was Rebekah, whose doctoral research on fire in the theological and social imagination, combined with her hobby as a fire-spinner, gave talented composer Kerensa Briggs inspiration for a new piece of sacred choral music.
For those of us involved in the project, the partnerships offered new perspectives on the value of theologically-informed composition. Dr George Corbett has published an article on the collaborations.
The TheoArtistry Festival also saw the culmination of the TheoArtistry Poets’ Scheme, where I had the pleasure of working with Edinburgh-based poet Christine De Luca on her poem, Nec Tamen Consumebatur (“And yet it was not consumed”).
The poetry collaborations were part of StAnza, Scotland’s International Poetry Festival (7-11 March 2018).