A Period of Animate Existence
An experimental theater production from the creative team of 2017 PPEH Artists-in-Residence Troy Herion, Mimi Lien, and Dan Rothenberg
Composer Troy Herion, designer Mimi Lien, and director Dan Rothenberg were the 2017 PPEH Artists-in-Residence, who used this residency to continue the development of A Period of Animate Existence (PAE), a music-theater hybrid for physical actors and two generations of choirs. PAE presents a series of meditations on planetary cycles and life cycles, set in a time of dire ecological predictions and rapid technological change. Children, elders, and machines look at the future in five movements that echo the character and pacing of a 19th century symphony.