An Earth Opera by Elizabeth Clark
“Seeds Under Nuclear Winter: An Earth Opera” is a recreation of spiritual visions, dreams, and stories through world and sacred music, moving visual art, dance, storytelling, and light experiments, shared within an immersive and multi-sensory community experience.
The Earth Opera takes place in a post-apocalyptic atmosphere, and centers around rebirth, finding light and beauty in the darkest times, and our deep connection with all living things, our planet, and with each other. Orchestrated for harps, ethereal choral voices, South American/Andean instruments, Indonesian gamelan, chamber strings, droning harmoniums, dulcimer, bells, piano, and an occasional tuba, the ‘Earth Opera’ steps into otherworldly realms and unfolds upon a non-linear and timeless path, similar to the way we dream.
Excerpts and entire scenes from “Seeds Under Nuclear Winter: An Earth Opera” will be premiered by a diverse Hudson Valley community of world musicians, artists, dancers, actors, and choreographers in the Widow Jane Mine on August 28-29th, 2021 at 3pm.
An Artist-in-Residence at Byrdcliffe Artists Colony from 2018-2020, Elizabeth Clark’s ‘Earth Opera’ was composed and developed over the course of 3 years within the quiet mountain sanctuary of Byrdcliffe’s 100+ year old artist retreat, and was fully completed there in 2020 amidst the pandemic.
- Elizabeth Clark (harp, voice)
- Henry Lowengard (dulcimer, bells)
- Annie Roland (voice, shruti box)
- Luis Lopez (quena, quenacho, panpipes, charango)
- Bolivar Lopez (percussion, panpipes, moxeno)
- Wilson Lopez (guitar, mandolin, panpipes, perussion)
- Jorge Lopez (bass, panpipes)
Catskill Mountain Gamelan:
- Henry Lowengard (panerus)
- Dorcinda Knauth (peking)
- Chris Anderson (peking)
- Stuart Leigh (bonang)
- Nava Tabak (jenglong)
- Peter Wetzler: (piano, accordion)
- Chris Andersen: (euphone)
- Cornelia Logan (cello)
- Rusty Boris (electric upright bass)
- Sharon Penz (cello)
- Goni Ronan (tuba)
- Antonia Weeks (piano, voice)
- Sharon Penz (voice)
With Choreography by:
- Clyde Forth
- Sharon Penz
And appearances by:
- Luis Mojica
- Elwin Cuevas
- Phil Levine
- Noa Graham
- Erika Kari McCarthy
- Anne Arden McDonald
- James Adelman
To become involved in supporting the “Earth Opera” as a foundational “Patron”, please visit patreon.com/mamalamamusic
There are two shows to choose from: Saturday, August 28th, and Sunday, August 29th , both at 3pm.
- Gates open 1 hour before event.
- $25, $20 for members, $15 for 13-18, 12 and under are free. Presales via this website are now preferred to get an estimate of audience size. Credit cards will be able to be processed onsite. There will be a $1 processing fee for electronic sales.
- As of early August 2021, Ulster County is experiencing a peak in COVID transmission, so please wear a mask, even if vaccinated, until new advice from the CDC & NY health departments lets us doff them.
- Children under 12 must be supervised and seated at all times during the performance.
- As with all events in the Widow Jane Mine,
– Bring a folding chair for each audience member! We have only a limited number of plastic chairs, and if you bring your own, we can accommodate a larger crowd, and you’ll be more comfortable. Yoga mats or camping mattresses might also do if you don’t mind them getting wet and muddy.
– Dress for cool, damp, drippy weather, even if it’s the middle of summer. The mine has its own micro climate and often that climate is damp and drippy.
- As with the rest of the site if you bring it in, bring it out.
- Sorry, no dogs, please!