Performed with sampled archives, field recordings and live musicians, Shawnee, Ohio critically engages ecology, energy, place and personal history to ask: What are the sounds of mining? Of fracking? Of a town fighting to survive after a century of economic decline and environmental degradation? These sounds are recorded as compositional material reflecting layers of history and memory in Appalachian Ohio. Shawnee’s history includes coal, gas and clay extraction, and the formation of early labor unions. The town’s downturn and partial restoration act as an ethos of the struggles and hopes of the larger region, now immersed in a controversial fracking boom. Shawnee, Ohio considers these histories, evokes place through sound, and listens to the present alongside traces of the past.
May, 2016: Duke Performances and the Contemporary Arts Center (Cincinnati) have joined the Wexner Center for the Arts as co-commissioners of “Shawnee, Ohio.”
May 28 – Mar 01, 2017
Jen Bervin premieres her Creative Capital Project, "Silk Poems"
Jul 15 – Jan 15, 2017
Carlos Motta presents "Histories for the Future" at PAMM
Oct 16 – Jan 01, 2017
Nick Cave Presents "Until" at MASS MoCA