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Tar Sands Songbook: Workshop Performances

  • Ernst C. Stiefel Concert Hall, The New School 55 West 4th Street, 4th Floor New York, NY 10012 USA (map)

Workshop Performances

Thursday October 5 and Friday October 6, 7 PM. Admission free, but reservations strongly encouraged. Reserve your seat here.

About the Tar Sands Songbook

An illuminating work of documentary theater, The Tar Sands Songbook asks us to reconsider our unseen relationships with oil. Creator Tanya Kalmanovitch knows these relationships all too well. Born in Fort McMurray, Canada, near the site of the Athabasca Oil Sands, the world’s largest bitumen reservoir, she made her decision to become a musician as a teenager because “it had nothing to do with oil.” Fort McMurray has since become a flashpoint of international clashes over energy, the environment, and the economy. Kalmanovitch's polyphonic piece weaves together a chorus of actors' voices with an original, improvised score. The words of indigenous activists, engineers, heavy equipment operators, elders, oil patch workers, scientists, and those of her own family fuel discussions of our past and the powerful forces that shape our future. 

Earlier Event: June 13
Creative Music Workshop