Presented by AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Elevator Project
Projections by Camron and Courtney Ware
Music by Anthony J. Maglione
Libretto by Ron Witzke
Conceived and directed by Sam Brukhman
A man-made environmental disaster, the Dust Bowl began in 1931 and lasted for almost a decade, displacing entire populations in the southern plains region of the United States. Constant droughts, bug infestations, and increasingly dangerous living conditions left farmers with one guarantee: dust. “Dust to eat and dust to breathe and dust to drink. Dust in the beds and in the flour bin, on dishes and walls and windows, in hair and eyes and ears and teeth and throats.” Setting texts exclusively from newspaper articles, diaries, and first-hand oral accounts of survivors, the Dust Bowl pieces together nearly a decade of human struggle, hopefulness, and perseverance in the face of constant catastrophe. From fatal dust pneumonia to plagues of jackrabbits and grasshoppers, the performances of the Dust Bowl are honest and raw.
In collaboration with bluegrass band, video projection, and choreographed movement, Verdigris Ensemble world premieres stories of that time period through previously unexplored mediums and asks the question: how did this happen and have we learned from our mistakes? The AT&T Performing Arts Center is sponsored by: AT&T, Lexus, Reliant, and PNC
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Anthony Maglione conducts the Kansas City Chamber Orchestra in concert in September of 2019.
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