Dowel Rod Interpretive Movement


For more than ten years, Jeff Smith of Salt & Light Ministries has been using wooden dowel rod sticks to interpret and bring to life contemporary Christian music as a dramatic art form. The concept of using sticks or "God Rods" in movement was designed for those who desired to express themselves through movement, but who lacked formal training, or were uncomfortable or unable to participate in dance. The creative movement ideas then spread to using additional props such as fabrics, hand gestures, sign language, and drama to interpret the lyrics and stories of Christian music. Add interpretive movement to enhance your performance today! 

Physical expression of ideas is a natural and basic concept. Some people's hands are animated as they speak; others engage their whole bodies when telling a story; in sign language, subtle nuances in conversation are conveyed through the position of the hands, body language, and facial expressions. "Interpretive movement" in ministry, therefore, is simply communication through rehearsed physical expression. The phrase may sound intimidating at first, but it need not be. Even simple routines can amplify, clarify, and beautify a message, whether that message is sung, spoken, or completely non-verbal.


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