Excerpts from A Period of Animate Existence

By Pig Iron Theatre (other events)

2 Dates Through Apr 15, 2017

A Period of Animate Existence is a new work of symphonic theater created by the OBIE Award-winning Pig Iron Theatre Company.  

Children, elders, and machines contemplate the future in a time of dire predictions and rapid technological change.  This music-theater work about life cycles and planetary cycles features a chamber orchestra, two generations of choirs, and a halal cart. 

Composer Troy Herion, designer Mimi Lien, and director Dan Rothenberg are artists-in-residence at the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities (PPEH) for 2016-2017.  A Period of Animate Existence grows from their explorations of new language for the Anthropocene and experiments in choral singing.

As part of PPEH's Ecotopian Toolkit conference, Pig Iron presents a free showing of excerpts from Movements 2, 3, and 4 of A Period of Animate Existence. 

A Period of Animate Existence will premiere at the Annenberg Center in September at the 2017 FringeArts Festival.

Friday evening’s program will be followed by a Q&A with the co-creators, including composer Troy Herion and 2016 MacArthur Fellow Mimi Lien.

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Major support for A Period of Animate Existence has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from the Wyncote Foundation and the Independence Foundation.