prayers for the planet choreography by Nicola Hawkins performed by DeAnna Pellecchia, Carey McKinley, Jessica Reed and Ingrid Schatz music composed by Evan Ziporyn and performed live by Dinosaur Annex
PRAYERS FOR THE PLANET, is a multi media project created collaboratively with batik artist Mary Edna Fraser, composer Evan Ziporyn and the Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble. PRAYERS FOR THE PLANET is a call for peace, not as a state of stillness or passivity, but as a positive, resonating dynamic condition that requires effort and attention. Qualities found in our natural landscapes provide inspiration for the rhythms and textures that evoke peace as an organic process.
Inspired by an aerial perspective of the earth, Mary Edna Fraser's art transcribes narrative landscapes onto silk fabric using dyes in the ancient medium of batik. Hawkins has integrated Fraser's batik designs into her choreography, making them an integral element of the dance. Along with video projections of Fraser's designs, the batik fabric transforms from vessel, to shelter, to sacred dress and finally to wings for flight. Composer Evan Ziporyn, through a commission from the Fromm Foundation, has created THREAD, an accompanying score which includes flute, clarinet, viola and cello and is performed live by Dinosaur Annex Music Ensemble. PRAYERS FOR THE PLANET premiered on June 8th, 2005 at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, in conjunction with the World Batik Conference. The performance was funded by the Fromm Foundation at Harvard University, the Lyceum Lecture Fund and the Northeast Global Education Center at Salem State College.