Pirouetting industrial cranes, stacks of squashed cubes of demolished cars as mini-stages, metal shearers as musical accompaniment, and a pianist in a dump truck. Squonk Opera and modern dance troupe No Language get interdisciplinary in a Pittsburgh recycling yard on the blue collar side of town. Reflecting on the themes of consumption, waste and recycling, the Squonkers get down and dirty in this intense, site-specific piece.
Created in 1995.
“a playful melange of music, dance and machinery” - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“an art opening/monster truck show” - In Pittsburgh
“a one-time only extravaganza of post-industrial nostalgia, gruesome caution and infectious high jinks” - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Acoustic & Electronic Percussion
Flute, Sax, Wind Synth
Jackie Dempsey with Squonk Opera
Design & Staging
Steve O’Hearn, Jackie Dempsey, Kate Aronson, Brian Berkheiser, Sean Brennan
Kate Aronson with Squonk Opera
Lori Brungard & John Evans
Lori Brungard, Alan Draper, Kate Kobak, Heidi Pebbler & Ella Breslove