"Poca High School and Amos Coal Power Plant, West Virginia," 2004, by Mitch Epstein.
Cellist/composer Erik Friedlander and photographer Mitch Epstein embark on a musical, visual, and oral exploration of “our cultural relationship to energy.”
"American Power" is drawn from Epstein’s 5-year, 25-state travels making photographs that reveal how our behemoth power grid functions in our neighborhoods and landscape. Friedlander’s new compositions for solo cello unlock a dramatic dimension in the large-scale visual narrative, underpinning it with strong melodies and startling improvisations. The evocative piece examines power from all angles, not least of which is the power of looking. Directed by Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar (Big Dance Theater).
The world premiere of the Walker-commissioned work will be performed in the Walker Art Center’s William and Nadine McGuire Theater on Friday, Nov. 1, at 8 pm.