Jellyfish Knows” invokes the awe-inspiring beauty of our planet’s waters,
with the scientific content of a nature documentary, virtuosic musical
complexity, plenty of silliness, and an urgent call to action. It is inspired
by the “Deep Sea” episode of David Attenborough’s BBC Planet Earth and the accompanying classical orchestral score by
This one-time live performance will be on Friday, September 28 at 7:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Upper Valley, 320 US-5 S, Norwich VT. Suggested donation is $15, at the door. Parking is available on site and across the street.
It is dance-theater for social change. The performance weaves back and forth between simple wonderment at the richness of the natural world, and updated reportage raising awareness about the urgent importance of protecting our Oceans’ ecosystems. The script directly addresses three specific points of human impact: petroleum extraction in the Gulf of Mexico, "dead-zones" caused by agricultural fertilizer runoff, and the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. When the show is over, the evening opens into a community discussion on art and activism.
Raphael Sacks, the solo performer in “What the Jellyfish Knows”, reflects on his performance. “It’s truly humbling to be dancing the story of the Ocean. I offer this love song for our planet’s waters, with a heart full of wonderment for all her power, and a belly full of urgency to protect her ecosystems. The choreography is built to put me right at my physical limits. The melodies were developed to test the limits of my vocal technique: 3 octaves of orchestral complexity reduced to a single voice. And then I try to do them both together, singing whole tone scales standing on my head - modal mixtures with backflips!”
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Upper Valley is hosting this unique performance as part of its Green Sanctuary environmental initiative. All are welcome!