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Pig Iron Theatre Company to Explore Climate Change in A Period of Animate Existence

The new work, cocreated by composer Troy Herion, designer Mimi Lien, and director Dan Rothenberg, will premiere in Philadelphia.

Mimi Lien is the cocreator of A Period of Animate Existence.
(© David Gordon)

Pig Iron Theatre Company will present the new multimedia production A Period of Animate Existence, a work focusing on issues of climate change, in Philadelphia this September.

The work is described as follows: "A Period of Animate Existence echoes the character and pacing of a 19th-century symphony, while drawing from multiple art forms and genres. The work, lasting approximately 80 minutes, consists of five staged movements or "hallucinatory visions." Between each movement are short, minimalist encounters between children, elders and musicians. Like a symphony, the movements are unrelated narratively, yet they complement each other sequentially in mood, tempo and texture, producing a cumulative effect."

The team behind the production includes composer Troy Herion, designer Mimi Lien, director Dan Rothenberg, who are billed as coconceivers and cocreators. They are joined by playwrights Kate Tarker and Will Eno, lighting designer Tyler Micoleau, choreographer Beth Gill, chamber choir The Crossing, and chamber orchestra Contemporaneous.

Dates and venues will be announced soon.