About This Show

An interaction (performance, if you insist) featuring six reflections on our relationship with the natural world. Water, wood, sand, air, metal and skin. Percussion as poetry. Exploring the environment we inhabit. For your consideration. 

reflections is the second installment of the nature | human project by Matthew Duvall and beyond this point. The evening will feature Matthew Burtner's Six Ecoacoustic Quintets for percussion which explore elemental human relationships with the environemtn through music. These pieces express the environmental, physical, mental and spiritual complexities of human-nature dialectics. As humans affect and control the natural environment, the changes we create reflect back onto our species' behavior, psyche and imagination. The Six Quintets set up elemental systems of tension that point to this abstraction: Water (ice), Wood (pitch), Stone (sand), Metal (noise), Air (breath) and Skin (bones). These movements progress from the outward material affects of our behavior (melting ice) to our body and breath as material. 

Running Time

80 minutes, presented without intermission

Content Advisory

Steppenwolf does not offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person.If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness or stage effects(such as strobe lights or theatrical fog) that might have a bearing on patron comfort, please contact the box office at 312-335-1650.

Running Time

80 minutes, presented without intermission

Content Advisory

Steppenwolf does not offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person.If you have any questions about content, age-appropriateness or stage effects(such as strobe lights or theatrical fog) that might have a bearing on patron comfort, please contact the box office at 312-335-1650.