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This event is presented at Lands End by noted San Francisco guitar-percussion duo, The Living Earth Show in partnership with the Parks Conservancy and the National Park Service.
Join us for the inaugural performance of Tremble Staves by composer and visual artist Raven Chacon with The Living Earth Show.
This Art in the Parks program will take place outdoors in the flooded ruins of Sutro Baths, the early 20th century outdoor pool complex whose concrete remains are now a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Andy Meyerson and Travis Andrews of The Living Earth Show will use the sacred element of water as a manipulated and amplified instrument -in reverence while simultaneously creating a sonic violence representative of continuing scarcity of this natural resource. The audience joins the performers in the environment, creating a sonic ecosystem in which all participants are surrounded by the element discussed and interrogated by the work.
Tremble Staves is a synthesis of mixed media installation, manipulation of natural and artificial light and sound, wordless opera, and theatrical performance depicting the urgent but approaching crisis of water shortage burdening the region from California to the Navajo deserts. Chacon’s work connects narratives of the San Francisco Bay Area’s relationship with water to overlapping Navajo creation stories in which water figures prominently. Chacon’s process add insight into issues of extreme importance to Indigenous North American individuals today. Water shortages, particularly on the west coast, disproportionately impact those who are already impacted by inherited American conceptions of cultural, social, and political hierarchy. This project uses contemporary art as a magnifying glass allowing audience members to examine and experience - in a visual, auditory, and tactile sense - their own relationship to water, the Pacific Ocean, and the San Francisco Bay Area, in a site with a complex history with access to water.