Lectures and Special Events
On the Nature of Things: A New Work by Karole Armitage
March 25, 2015 - March 27, 2015
Join us for a very special event as iconic choreographer Karole Armitage premieres a new dance production about climate change and its cultural context created specifically for the Museum's Milstein Hall of Ocean Life and featuring music by John Luther Adams, Philip Glass, Michael Gordon, Henryk Górecki, and Arvo Pärt.
Developed in collaboration with the Museum and Stanford University biologist Paul Ehrlich, the work was inspired by Dr. Ehrlich’s essay about the “culture gap”—the notion that 21st-century science has become so specialized that as individuals we no longer have a visceral understanding of the issues at stake.
Created specifically to be performed in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, On the Nature of Things was directly shaped by the hall’s exhibits as well as by conversations with Museum Curator Rob DeSalle. Dr. Ehrlich, a MacArthur Fellow and founder of The Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere (MAHB), wrote an original text for the production and will perform as narrator for all three evenings.
This special production will also include an impressive corps of artists, with the Armitage Gone! Dance Company joined by guest dancers from the NYC dance community and young dancers from Manhattan Youth Ballet. The production will also feature lighting by Clifton Taylor.
"…dreamy, meditative… Ms. Armitage’s way of saying that it’s time to pay attention [to global warming]" - Gia Kourlas, The New York Times
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