Opening with a live performance by Paris-based artist Rachel Marks exploring the border-crossing migratory monarch butterfly, the program will then move into film for cutting-edge views inside the chrysalis, animal transformations, the migrations of human populations across the globe, and at last, an unusual bird-eyed view of Puerto Rico’s Arecibo observatory and our place in the larger cosmos.
In the meantime, sub-themes of music and the ritual/spiritual elements of sound will prepare us for the feature performance of the second half of the night, Hibridos.
More about The Performance – Metamorphosis
Using repetitious gestures like a caterpillar to generate the rhythm of this dance creation, Rachel Marks constructs her cocoon within the space at National Sawdust. Hidden in the cocoon, she transforms herself into a monarch butterfly and slowly emerges. Her dance reveals the story of the migration journey to a hidden forest within the heart of Mexico, where the community of monarchs gather this time each year.