In 2021, excerpts from Seeds Under Nuclear Winter: An Earth Opera were performed for the first time in the Widow Jane Mine in Rosendale, NY.
This year, the EARTH OPERA will finally be performed in its ENTIRETY for the very first time!
ABOUT THE EARTH OPERA:
Seeds Under Nuclear Winter: An Earth Opera’ is a recreation of spiritual visions, dreams, and stories through world and sacred music, performance art, movement, 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 planetary rebirth, finding light and beauty in the darkest times, and on our deep connection with all living things, our planet, and with each other. Orchestrated for harps, ethereal choral voices, South American/Andean traditional instruments, Indonesian/Sudanese gamelan orchestra, chamber strings, droning harmoniums, dulcimer, bells, piano, and earthy percussion/frame drums, the Earth Opera steps into otherworldly realms and unfolds upon a non-linear and timeless path, similar to the way we dream. Characters include dancing Deities from around the world (Hanuman, Green Tara, Jesus), ethereal Seraphim choirs, Virtues and Prophets, serpents, birds, narcissistic dictators, monks, dream-beings, Saint Margaret of the Parking Lot, children of the future, and other luminous beings.
The large-scale body of work transforms visions, dreams, and spiritual experiences into a completely immersive experience for both audience and cast, set INSIDE of the earth in The Widow Jane Mine—a vast and earthen womb-like natural amphitheater.
Some reflective words from our audience in 2021:
“An awe-inspiring work of art!”
“Still reverberating in my pulse–truly magical.”
” It was probably the most amazing performance I’ve seen in my life… And I’ve seen some beautiful and well crafted performances”
“I was weeping the whole time. So beautiful, and healing.”
” Sacred moments of pain and hope for the light….a celebration of our universal humanity. You took us on a journey”
Written by Elizabeth Clark, the Earth Opera was composed and developed within the quiet mountain sanctuary and artist retreat of Byrdcliffe Artists Colony in Woodstock NY over the course of a three year artist residency.
- EARTH OPERA CAST 2022:
- Andes Manta
- Catskill Mountain Gamelan
- Peter Wetzler
- Jaguar Mary X
- Lisa Barnard Kelley
- Sharon Penz
- Noa Graham
- Asa Graham-Lowengard
- Phillip X. Levine
- Elwin Cuevas
- Eric Archer
- Sondra Loring
- Charlotte Stickles
- Rusty Boris
- Cornelia Logan
- Bill Cochran
- Annie Roland
- Henry Lowengard
- Dorcinda Knauth
- Amy Recchia
- Bill Brovold
- AnnMarie Tedeschi
- Erika McCarthy
- Anne Arden McDonald
- James Adelman
More about Elizabeth’s work can be found here: http://mamalamamusic.com
Presales via this website are now preferred to get an estimate of audience size. Cash, checks, credit cards will be able to be processed onsite, but we prefer presales. There is a $1 processing fee for electronic sales
Ulster County is experiencing peaks and valleys of 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.
Two shows! Saturday and Sunday !