Children, elders, and machines contemplate the future in a time of dire predictions and rapid technological change in this work of symphonic theater conceived by composer/filmmaker Troy Herion, scenic designer Mimi Lien, and director Dan Rothenberg.
How do we contemplate the future in such a perilous time, an era called the “Sixth Extinction,” when up to 50 percent of all living species might die off? An inspired, large-scale melding of music, design, and theater, A Period of Animate Existence investigates the intense, unnamable emotions that arise in a time of extinction.
Pig Iron brings together three generations of choirs, a chamber orchestra, and physical actors in an epic synthesis of original music and theater, played out over five movements. The company’s largest production to date features more than 80 performers including The Crossing, Contemporaneous, and members of the Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale and Philadelphia Girls Choir, and Philomusica.
Conceived and Created by Troy Herion, Mimi Lien, Dan Rothenberg Composer Troy Herion Set Mimi Lien Director Dan Rothenberg Librettists Kate Tarker, Will Eno, and Pig Iron Lighting Tyler Micoleau Costumes Loren Shaw Sound Nick Kourtides Video Designers Kate Freer, David Tennett Choreographer Beth Gill Dramaturgs Melissa Krodman, Bethany Wiggin Assistant Director Nell Bang-Jensen Creative Producer Meiyin Wang Live Music by The Crossing, The Philadelphia Boys Choir & the Philadelphia Girls Choir, Philomusica Chorale, Contemporaneous
Major support for this project has been provided to Pig Iron Theatre Company by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from the Wyncote Foundation, the Cooper Foundation, and the Independence Foundation.
Creative residencies for the project have been provided by SUNY-Purchase, Swarthmore College, EMPAC, Baryshnikov Arts Center, and the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities.