Whiteley Lecture: Song of the Dodo

Dec 3, 2013, 7:30 PM
Tom Miles Theatre (Warner Hall) - 2115 Pacific Ave.

(by Tim Summers)

Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble will present Song of the Dodo. The production is a broad look at the impacts of extinction. It will be presented in the Tom Miles Theatre, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m. There is no admission charge.

Following its award-winning production of R3 last January, Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble presents its newest collaborative production, Song of the Dodo, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3 in the Tom Miles Theatre at Pacific University (2115 Pacific. Ave.). The performance is the university's 2013 Benjamin and Elaine Whiteley Distinguished Lecture. 

As a three-act play, Song of the Dodo adopts the structure of traditional Greek tragedy to explore contemporary notions of death, grief and extinction. The production explores the personal relationship with death and loss as it relates to larger patterns of mass extinction and environmental destruction. 

Drawing on writings ancient and modern, Song of the Dodo sits inside the gap between how we talk about death and how we feel about it: grief disguised as rage and pathos diluted to politeness.

Dodo is a shriek of lamentation tucked inside a clown show; a traditional Greek tragedy devoured by a contemporary hunger. It is an examination of the many little (and big) extinctions, personal and global, that we ignore every day. 

Under the direction of company member Jacob Coleman, PETE uses dance, extended voice, lamentation, contemporary design techniques and original music to create a melody of mystery and contradiction intended to move emotion and make space for understanding. 

The performance will run approximately 75 minutes, and will be followed by a brief conversation with the artists and Pacific faculty and a reception in the lobby. 

The Benjamin and Elaine Whiteley Distinguished Lecture is an annual offering of the College of Arts & Sciences made possible by the generous support of the Whiteleys. The college's School of Arts & Humanities is presenting this year's lecture. 

Admission is free, but tickets are required and available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. 

For more information, visit petensemble.org.

Posted by Leah Bagley (lbagley@pacificu.edu) on Nov 4, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Edited by Joe Lang (jlang@pacificu.edu) on Nov 21, 2013 at 4:59 PM

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