Gamelan Turtle Bliss

 — (PDT, UTC-07) — (PDT, UTC-07)

Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright St, Vancouver

Show on Earth: Wallace Line and Deep Time Show on Earth is an intercultural shadowplay for Balinese gender wayang (a style of Balinese metallophone instruments used for shadow puppet theatre), Western strings (cello, viola, violin), shadow puppetry, and interactive projections, based on the evolution of life on Earth.

Show on Earth is a two-part story of discovery and understanding. In 1854 British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace, working in tandem with Ali, from Sarawak, Borneo, begins an 8 year period of travel throughout the Malay Archipelago—now Indonesia–in search of unusual species of flora and fauna. Also in search of the mechanism that drives evolution.

Their journey reaches a pivotal point on Ternate Island, with the unexpected arrival of present day scientists Lynn Margulis and Richard Dawkins. The journey transforms into a pilgrimage through deep time, with unexpected points of discovery— Australopithicus—Saurus— Tiktaalik—Burgess Shale—Eukaryote—on the way to the cellular origins of life 3.5 billion years ago.

Presented by Vancouver Community Gamelan in association with Vancouver Independent Music Centre Society (VIM) and Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia.

Sliding scale tickets $20-$25-$30; $15 for children 12 and under