Pedro Calderon de la Barca
For a number of years I acted as the Touring Production Manager and Stage Manager for Veronica Sacred Arts traveling with this remarkable group under the direction of Frederica Chapman performing the Eastern coast of the U.S., and touring Ireland and Wales. I was fortunate to witness audiences of all forms personally moved as they experienced the stories, music and movement sprung from the creative imagination of Frederica and of this unique and outstanding ensemble.
I believe Frederica Chapman has begun a superb work. Guided by courage from her own natural depths, she is gently and thoughtfully educating and guiding people as she prepares to offer them the gift of sacred drama.
I know Frederica to be an intrepid archeologist of the workings of the soul. With a kind of ferocious curiosity and a gentle spirit, she cultivates her unconscious life so as to enrich her conscious one with an integrated feminine sensibility. Ultimately, she is concerned with living and telling the truth that emerges in this trek – this process which often means bringing shape and form to a profundity of material for presentation and performance. To do this, she is prepared to bring her most vulnerable and authentic self to the task of truth telling through poetry, song and movement. In making such an intimate connection with herself, she courageously creates an extraordinary intimacy with her audience, igniting their hearts and stimulating their minds.
I am inspired and moved by Frederica’s absolute devotion and dedication to her mission. Over the years, I’ve witnessed her weaving her gentle magic, and engaging audiences and groups in simple, and profound ways. Frederica’s deep understanding of the creative process allows others to experience real change within themselves. She touches the humanity in us all.
What struck me most about the performance was what was happening with me internally. At the beginning I was watching and trying to figure our what was happening with my intellect. It felt like a struggle. Then something changed. My intellect gave way and I began to experience the performance deep within. From then on, it was if I were in the performance and it was speaking to me about my life. I have a hunch that if I were to see this same performance at different times of my life, that it would speak to me as needed at those times.
What an honor and privilege to be in the company of two magnificent performers! I was overwhelmed by the artistry, intensity of the movement, and the voice of the performer. At the ending, I felt my heart was huge and my love of life blossoming.
The performance of Veronica Sacred Theater is something I will hold in my heart forever. The cast were oblivious to the fact that we could do anything wrong, and we sang in Latin like Angels on high. I am so happy to have the honor of this experience of a lifetime. Their music will be with me forever.
With vitality and deep sensitivity, Frederica molds the rich resources of her imagination and spirit into a performance that touches universal images of nature in a fresh and personal way. Her unique combination of theatre, storytelling and dance creates an environment that is evocativeand captivating.
There is perhaps nothing more important in our time than a clearer understanding of nature and destiny of the soul. The hymns of Hildegard von Bingen add a celestial feeling to the entire presentation. Most important, a deeper understanding of the feminine, which the play artfully conveys, is essential in bringing harmony and balance to our world.