Nora York's WATER WATER EVERYWHERE Set for Joe's Pub, 11/10
Joe's Pub at The Public will welcome conceptual artist, musician and educator Nora York in Water Water Everywhere / Nay Any Drop To Drink, a new work presented by Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Ballroom Marfa and the Public Concern Foundation as part of the city-wideMarfa Dialogue NY symposium on climate change. This one-night-only performance takes place at Joe's Pub on November 10 at 7:00 PM and is FREE and open to the public.
In Water Water Everywhere / Nay Any Drop To Drink Nora York frames Handel's Water Music suites with her own original compositions to confront the topic of climate change as it affects water-the oceans, rivers, aquifers, lakes, streams, wells, and our bodies and minds. This performance is free and open to the public. It is both a love letter and a wake-up call about what is at stake within our current climate chaos. The work asks the audience to consider the essential value of water.
"Nora York has a history of debuting provocative new work on our stage," said Shanta Thake, director of Joe's Pub at The Public. "It's essential that every Joe's Pub artists feel safe and welcome to experiment on our stage, and we are proud to partner with Marfa Dialogues NY as Nora tackles the issue of climate change."
In preparation for Water Water Everywhere / Nay Any Drop To Drink, York is engaging in conversations with scientists and activists in the fields of climate change and water. By "distilling the facts" she will identify the dominant images, metaphors, and concepts for her songs. York is also curating visual images for projections during portions of the live performance to create a complimentary metaphoric visual landscape to accompany the music. The visual artists committed to contributing images are Kiki Smith, Kate Teale, Judith Belzer, Jerry Kearns.
Joining York will be an ensemble of both contemporary and classical musicians and singers. Her amazing band (Jamie Lawrence, piano; Dave Hofstra, bass; Steve Tarshis, guitar and Sherryl Marsall, vocals) will be joined by luminaries from the classical world including Andrew Schwartz, bassoon; Diane Lesser, oboe; Kevin Burdette bass vocals; and a collection young and old singers from Ms. York's orbit.
After the concert performance, the audience will be encouraged to engage with each other and environmental scientists and activists in an informal conversation in the lobby at The Public Theater and The Library Café on the mezzanine level.
"Our goal in supporting Marfa Dialogues/NY is to connect and amplify the voices in this city-wide conversation as people engage the issue of climate change through a cultural lens," said Christy MacLear, Executive Director of The Rauschenberg Foundation. "Through Marfa Dialogues/NY we are not only carrying on Bob Rauschenberg's commitment to the environment but also extending the discussion about climate change into new communities and inspiring innovative responses to this critically important issue."
Joe's Pub is one of more than 30 institutions participating in Marfa Dialogues/NY. The two-month calendar of events features a mix of environmental panels, live theatre, major art exhibitions, installations, community forums, musical performances and more - all accessible to the public and available via broadcast and digital media. A calendar of events is available at www.marfadialogues.org.
Robert Rauschenberg Foundation: www.rauschenbergfoundation.org
The Public Concern Foundation: publicconcernfoundation.org