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.
TAR SANDS SONGBOOK: PERFORMANCE AND PANEL
Tishman Auditorium, The New School, 63 Fifth Avenue
Tickets free, reservations recommended
Performed by Jennifer Van Dyck, Peter Fernandez, Tanya Kalmanovitch and Evan Allen. Post-show discussion with special guest, Radhika Subramanian. Directed by and written with Cecilia Rubino. Media design by Steve Byram.
Presented by the Tishman Environment and Design Center as part of #DisruptClimateInjustice, a University-wide curriculum disruption.