The inspiration behind the choreography of “In the Depths”


In the Depths-Epiphany DanceArts

By: Ivy Koval


This piece came into existence without a definite story or theme whatsoever. I simply heard this song when I was surfing through the many Christmas albums stashed on my iPod, and I thought “Okay… this could have potential. I’ll see what I can do with it.”


Two days later, the choreography was finished, I checked it off my list of “to-do’s”, and retire it to a notebook until it comes time to set it on the company. “Well, at least that dance is done!”, I said to myself. Or so I thought.


What initially started out as an emotionless task, evolved into a very powerful piece in the heart of “Christmas Memories.” I decided to call my piece “In the Depths” because it is one of the pieces in “Christmas Memories” that addresses a more somber side of the holiday sentiments.


Despite the busyness and joyfulness of the season, we seem to be more acutely aware of silence and absence of someone or something that was dearly loved. Hearing conversations about preparing for relatives to arrive may remind us that this will be the first Christmas where we won’t hear a grandparent’s warm laughter.


Maybe you had to move to a new state, and can’t help but be reminded of all the friendships you left behind and the Christmas festivities you will be missing.


Or perhaps all your friends seem to have a never-ending list of parties and gatherings to attend, and you’re keenly reminded that this weekend will – once again – be spent at home with only your thoughts to serve as your companion.
Indeed, the silence created by the absence of something we once enjoyed is perhaps the most disquieting thing of all. But it is in those times where we feel powerless, tossed about in the dark riptides and tempests of life, that the greatest opportunities for maturity lie.


Like pearls found in the ocean depths, God uses the dark times in life to lead us to a knowledge of Him that we would otherwise have never known. When we feel like we are drowning in our circumstances and only hear silence from God, instead of asking “How can I get out of this?” we should ask “God, I don’t know what you are doing, but I trust You. What would you have me learn through this?”.


The answer may not be immediate (or even what we think it should be!), but God intimately knows our circumstances and will respond in His perfect way and in His perfect time, much like He did 2,000 years ago, when a Baby’s cry broke the silence and darkness of the night, reminding Israel that they were not alone, that Hope had come, and that Peace could be found.