Etudes From the Anthropocene

2016, Miller Theater, New York, New York

Many scholars and scientists consider the impact of human behavior on the Earth’s atmosphere so remarkable as to warrant a new geological era. They call it: the Anthropocene.

Etudes from the Anthropocene is a collaboration with composer Ashley Fure. In it we stage a series of human/non-human interactions that explore issues of agency, labor, cause, effect, and the rhythmic shifting from oblivion to panic that marks our collective reckoning with the Anthropocene. Matter in this piece is cast not as a passive, inert substance at the whim of human control but as an active, vital force with its own trajectories and transformations. Throughout the work, human and non-human forces tangle together, tune to each other and wrench away, in a play of push and pull, tension and release, construction and collapse.

Etudes from the Anthropocene is a distillation, in proscenium form, of a full-scale, immersive installation opera we are currently developing. That project, called The Force of Things, will be premiered by ICE at the 2016 Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music.

We would like to thank Ross Karre, Levy Lorenzo, Ryan Muncy, Nicholas Houfek, and the rest of the incredible ICE team.

Funded by International Contemporary Ensemble: First Page Program, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan Office of Research, Dartmouth College Provost’s Office Seed Funding Program, Miller Theater at Columbia University (NYC), and the Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt (IMD), New Music USA

Project Team: Adam Fure, Ashley Fure (composer), Carla Landa, Michael Turvin