Curator’s Note 

On April 20, 2010, BP’s Deepwater Horizon off-shore drilling unit exploded. For the next three months nearly 5 million barrels of oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico, negatively impacting plant, animal, and human life.  The full extent of the catastrophe’s aftermath is still unknown.  Addressing this spill and its position in a long line of environmental disasters, the Beyond the Horizon Festival explores our ever-evolving relationship to the natural world.  Developed by a community of theatre artists, musicians, dancers, and environmentalists, the festival offers three original devised pieces that use the power of performance to illuminate interactions between humans and the environment of which we are all part.  Theatre gives us a space to play out these sites of connection and disconnection. It creates a place to reassess our destructive actions and celebrate the most beautiful wonders of the world around us.  Above all, it offers the chance to rediscover and announce what poet Mary Oliver calls our “”place in the family of things.””


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