A Period of Animate Existence is a new music and theater collaboration between composer Troy Herion, OBIE-winning Pig Iron Theatre, and 2016 MacArthur Fellow Mimi Lien.

An epic synthesis of theatre, music, and design, this commissioned work contemplates a future of ominous environmental predictions and rapid technological change. The five-movement production echoes the style of a 19th-century symphony where each movement contrasts in mood, tempo, and texture that unite to tell the perspectives of children, elders and machines. Featuring Grammy®-winning choir, The Crossing, New York’s Contemporaneous chamber orchestra, and members of the Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale and Philadelphia Girls Choir, and Philomusica, A Period of Animate Existence takes a grand view of life’s trajectory and the role we play in shaping the future of our planet.

Five Movements. RT: 100 mins. 

Watch an excerpt of Movement II below: