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Hymn to Life: Work-in-Progress #3

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Poem by Timothy Donnelly
Composed: David Skeist
Choreographer: Laura Butler
Director: James Rutherford

A staged, musical immersion into celebrated poet Timothy Donnelly’s exquisite long poem Hymn to Life. By turns tickling and devastating, the piece serves as an elegy for biodiversity and an indictment of human myopia as it ruminates on the precarity of life. Since 2015, composer David Skeist, choreographer Laura Butler Rivera and director James Rutherford have been adapting the poem’s 60 stanzas for a mixed, multi-disciplinary ensemble. This work-in-progress showing at FiveMyles will combine a live concert of stanzas 24-41 with pre-recorded material, choreographic elements, and a staged reading of the full poem.

There will be a post-show discussion with the poet Timothy Donnelly after this performance.

Additional performance time: Sunday, January 20, 7pm.

Reservations for free tickets will be taken at

Earlier Event: January 19
Hymn to Life: Work-in-Progress #3
Later Event: January 20
Hymn to Life: Work-in-Progress #3