“Metal Skeletons and Lost Lands” is an interactive immersive installation involving live dance, live singing and projected time-lapse films. The project explores the place of the individual within gas and energy production and pollution. The work addresses environmental and health issues associated with living in close proximity to power plants, natural gas extraction sites and oil refineries, while focusing on an emotive response to the realization that home may not be a safe place. This realization relates to a yearning to find an idealistic safe home and questions the cause of its loss. The installation provides awareness of human impermanence and responsibility in relation to natural resource depletion.
The installation space is a dark intimate enclosed 20 by 40 foot corridor. The audience is encouraged to move freely through the corridor while surrounded by live contemporary dance, live singing of nineteenth century American murder ballads and projections of decaying flowers and dilapidated landscapes. “Metal Skeletons and Lost Lands” guides the viewer through an experiential and meditative examination of American family and place within a contaminated environment.
photography by: Chelsea Shilling
Technical Director: Justin Botz
Music: Darkest Wonder
Performance guide: Kellen Walker
Dancers: Tee Mayo, Rachel Nadler (Thursday)
Danielle Gilmore, Melissa Pillarella (Friday)
Singers: Sid Branca, Lucia Mier-y-Teran Romero*
Storytellers: Sid Branca, Daniel Scott Parker, Lucia Mier-y-Teran Romero, Julynn Wilderson.
Letterpress Printing: Jillian Bruschera
Carpentry: Peter Reese
Prop Assistance: Brent Koehn