A Path of Miracles Leading to Grace Cathedral

ODC's Rachel Furst outside Grace Cathedral, peraparing for a performance of KT Nelson's 'Path of Miracles'

ODC's Rachel Furst outside Grace Cathedral, peraparing for a performance of KT Nelson's 'Path of Miracles' (Robbie Sweeney)

Joby Talbot’s gorgeous choral work Path of Miracles (2005) is about the Camino de Santiago, the pilgrimage route in Northern Spain dating back to medieval times. Some friends of ODC/Dance Co-Director KT Nelson introduced her to Talbot’s work a few years ago, and Nelson walked the route with her husband. Now she’s set a dance about her experiences to the music. 

“And I am not religious,” Nelson told me before a rehearsal a few days ago. “But having taken the pilgrimage I got a sense of what the score meant.”

Nelson says her work traces the emotional stages that most pilgrims experience. “The first movement is about enthusiasm,” she says. “The second movement is hitting a wall emotionally. The third movement is about acts of kindness, and the fourth is a celebration of finishing and connecting with the community of other pilgrims.”

ODC Co-Director KT Nelson directs dancers in a rehearsal of Nelson‘s new work ‘Path of Miracles
ODC Co-Director KT Nelson directs dancers in a rehearsal of Nelson‘s new work ‘Path of Miracles (Photo: Cy Musiker/KQED)

The acts of kindness were like subtle miracles. “Somewhere, out of nowhere, someone would help you find a place to stay, or bandage your foot, or tell you where to go to eat,” Nelson says. “And when you’re in the middle of nowhere, and you don’t speak the language, that is pretty wonderful.”

The choral group Volti, led by Robert Geary, will sing Path of Miracles for the two performances of Nelson’s new work at Grace Cathedral on Feb. 9 and 10. Details here.

And ODC Presents it’s home season at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts March 15-18. Details here.

Jeremy Bannon-Neches and Natasha Adorlee Johnson in rehearsal for KT Nelson's Path of Miracles
Jeremy Bannon-Neches and Natasha Adorlee Johnson in rehearsal for KT Nelson’s Path of Miracles (Photo: Robbie Sweeney/ODC)
A Path of Miracles Leading to Grace Cathedral 31 January,2018Cy Musiker

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Cy Musiker

Cy Musiker co-hosts The Do List and covers the arts for KQED News and The California Report.  He loves live performance, especially great theater, jazz, roots music, anything by Mahler. Cy has an MJ from UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism, and got his BA from Hampshire College. His work has been recognized by the Society for Professional Journalists with their Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Journalism. When he can, Cy likes to swim in Tomales Bay, run with his dog in the East Bay Hills, and hike the Sierra.

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