The company is performing the lead piece from their tour program this year, which is based on Hosanna, a favorite track from Jason Morant’s album Open. The act of sharing this album with Anna Gillette, the company director, is about as close as I am ever going to come to choreographing a dance.
I’ve seen them do this piece about 3-4 times now, and it still moves me. There is something about the way Morant – and now the entire company – explore the humility/humanity of Jesus and yet still exalt him to the status of Lord over creation that gives me chill bumps.
There was a man;
Who smiled like the sunrise;
His face I can’t forget.
His love displayed is unlike any other.
He humbly dressed just like a vagabond;
With discourse like a King.
And when he spoke,
The angels stopped to listen.
Hosanna! [An interjection meaning roughly – Glory to God]
Filio David [Son of David]
Hosanna in Altisimus [Glory to God in the Highest]
Like I said: chill bumps.