A Period of Animate ExistencePig Iron Theatre Company


September 22 – 24, 2017  ·  Zellerbach Theatre

World Premiere // Philadelphia Premiere // Annenberg Center Debut

An epic synthesis of theatre, music and design, this world premiere commissioned work contemplates a future of ominous environmental predictions and rapid technological change. This five-movement production echoes the style of a 19th-century symphony to create a unique mood, tempo and texture that unite to tell the perspectives of children, elders and machines. Featuring Philadelphia’s Grammy®-nominated chamber choir, The Crossing, New York’s Contemporaneous chamber orchestra, two generations of amateur choirs and even a halal cart, A Period of Animate Existence forces contemplation of life’s trajectory and the role we play in shaping the future of our planet.

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A Period of Animate Existence is co-commissioned and co-presented by the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Pennsylvania and FringeArts. A partnership with the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities.


Major support for A Period of Animate Existence has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, with additional support from the Wyncote Foundation, the Independence Foundation and the William J. Cooper Foundation of Swarthmore College.

Photo credit: Maria Baranova