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posted Friday, August 17, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 33
Nomadic Tempest a climatopian spectacle experimental rock opera performed on a tall ship
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Nomadic Tempest a climatopian spectacle experimental rock opera performed on a tall ship

NOMADIC TEMPEST
GAS WORKS PARK
August 18-19 & 21-25 @ 8pm


International Theatrical Tall Ship and Caravan Stage Company presents Nomadic Tempest, a climatopian spectacle experimental rock opera performed on a tall ship in cooperation with Puget Soundkeeper and the Sierra Club.

The Caravan Stage Company defies illusions of borders and returns to the U.S. with a company of performers from six homelands aboard the Company's 90-foot Tall Ship, Amara Zee, a replica Thames River Sailing Barge, bringing their original operatic spectacle, Nomadic Tempest to coastal cities in the Pacific Northwest.

Nomadic Tempest is a mythical saga of a band of monarch butterflies forced to migrate due to climate-change. The butterflies, embodied by four talented aerial artists, serve as a metaphor for today's Climate Refugees. The Monarchs are from four global regions: Salish Sea, Syria, China and Mexico, each with their own song: Hunqeminem, Arabic, Mandarin and Spanish. Kanandra, the narrator/singer, can foresee the future, but is cursed by the SwallowWarts, the evil oil industry, so that no one believes the prophecies. Together, they combat the SwallowWarts, in order to protect and ultimately save the planet and reclaim our own hearts.

Nomadic Tempest will be presented in Seattle at Gasworks Park (2101 N Northlake Way) August 18-19 & 21-25 at 8:45pm and in Everett at Boxcar Park (1200 Millwright Loop West) August 31 & September 1-2 at 9pm. Tickets: bit.ly/Caravan Seattle - $25 adults, $15 seniors & students, $10 children 8-14. A portion of proceeds benefits Puget Soundkeeper's and the Sierra Club's work to protect a clean and healthy environment for all.

Nomadic Tempest premiered in April of 2017 in St. Petersburg, FL traveling the Gulf Coast, performing in New Orleans, and Beaumont, TX. The Ship was transported through the Panama Canal to BC, where the Caravan performed at Gibsons Landing, Vancouver and Victoria. The Caravan wintered, produced and premiered this year's reprise of a metamorphosed Nomadic Tempest in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island. Sailing the Salish Sea, bringing the art of storytelling and the magic of the arts to create change in our hearts in Courtenay and Sooke, BC. Following the currents of today's headlines, the Caravan brings Nomadic Tempest to Bellingham, Seattle, Everett and Port Townsend in 2018.

The Caravan's Tall Ship is transformed into a technologically innovative, contemporary theater. Audiences gather on the shore and experience original music, soaring vocals, aerial artistry and large scenic elements backed by spectacular lighting and sound effects. The production is a continuous cinematic panorama of originally designed video graphics, animations and images. Within the upper trusses and the lower decks, as the Aerialists cavort, a palette of surprises, colors, and mechanical transformations are engineered into this one-of-a-kind experimental rock opera.

'The Caravan show is this amazing, experimental rock opera, with giant puppetry, aerialists working on silk, and lots of riggings and music. All of us were spellbound by the spectacle. Caravan Stage Company is a massive operation. Go see the show.' - METRO JAX, Jacksonville, FL

'Terrific. Magnificent. Amazing. Colourful. Gorgeous. Beautiful. Diverse. Informative. Creative Healing. Heartening. Thoughtful. Stunning. Thank You!' - Ann Jacob, Director, Coma Communications, Victoria. (June 2018)

'Caravan's Nomadic Tempest is truly wonder-filled. Something wholly original. It moves at the pace of nature, mesmerizing and grand. It has some wicked technical chops. One-of-a-kind. You will never see anything else like it!' - Frank Moher, Artistic Director, Western Edge Theatre, Nanaimo, BC. (June 2018)

The Caravan Stage Company is a community of nomadic artists. Fundamental to the 'Caravaners' is the inherent manifestation of the value of co-operative work and participation. Hundreds of people have learned the craft of theatre, while experiencing a demanding living environment, in which to develop self-reliance, individual confidence, and motivation. The Amara Zee serves as our floating performance venue as well as our communal living environment. In this way, the Caravan can provide a sustainable model for harmony and diversity. We collaborate on all aspects of the production, performance and maintenance of the ship. As a community, we hope to provide the world with an example of effective, sustainable, self-organizing living.

The Caravan Stage Company, created in Victoria, BC in 1970, by Paul Kirby and Adriana Kelder, is a professional non-profit theatre company travelling and performing with a diverse cast; creating original experimental theatre and opera, encompassing the themes of civil rights and environmental justice. The Caravan began as the World's Only Horse Drawn Theatre Company - the one-wagon puppet show traveling throughout Vancouver Island grew to become a major theatrical organization with a 25-person company of actors, musicians, artists and technicians touring in six large wagons pulled by a team of Clydesdale horses.

Puget Soundkeeper is a non-profit grassroots organization working to protect and preserve the waters of Puget Sound. Soundkeeper advocates for strong policies to protect our public waters, enforces environmental regulations when agencies fail to act, and engages thousands of volunteers each year in waterway cleanup and recovery projects to benefit our waterways. Soundkeeper is a founding member of the International Waterkeeper Alliance, with over 340 members on six continents fighting for communities' right to clean water. For more information visit Puget Soundkeeper - https://pugetsoundkeeper.org/ý

Sierra Club is America's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, with more than 3.5 million members and supporters nationwide. In addition to creating opportunities for people of all ages, levels and locations to have meaningful outdoor experiences, the Sierra Club works to safeguard the health of our communities, protect wildlife, and preserve our remaining wild places through grassroots activism, public education, lobbying, and litigation. For more information visit Sierra Club - https://www.sierraclub.org/.

Nomadic Tempest takes place on the traditional, unceded territory of the Duwamish and Puget Sound Salish peoples. We recognize their sovereignty and we are dedicated to building a new relationship between us based on respect and consent.

Courtesy of Caravan Stage Company

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