Lewisburg. -- The Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble will present "Same
River," a multimedia exploration of Marcellus Shale hydrofracturing, in February
at Bucknell University.
Admission is free to both performances, scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 2, at 8
p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 3, at 2 p.m. in the Harvey M. Powers Theatre of Coleman
The New York City-based collective Strike Anywhere blends music, modern
dance, physical theater and video and visual art to explore the topic of
hydrofracking. During the fall semester, Bucknell students conducted a series of
interviews with Pennsylvania residents whose lives have been directly impacted
Strike Anywhere will weave the collected first-person accounts
into the "Same River" presentations, each of which will be followed by a
town-hall style discussion.
Prior to each performance, a pre-show art installation will feature artwork
made by local community members and students. The art-making sessions, which are
open to the public, will be held Friday, Jan. 18, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the
Bucknell Theatre Design Studio in Coleman Hall, and Saturday, Jan. 26, from 2 to
5 p.m. at the newly opened CommUnity Zone on Market Street in Lewisburg, next to
the Campus Theatre.
Local artist Nancy Cleaver and Bucknell scenographer Elaine Williams will
lead each community art-making session, with participants creating artwork on
the topic, "Clean Water: Who Needs It?"
The "Same River" project and its related activities are sponsored by the Place Studies Initiative of the Bucknell University
Environmental Center, the Residential Colleges, and the Department of Theatre
Established in 1997 by artistic/producing director, Leese Walker, the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble began
to develop "Same River" in July 2010 as part of the North American Cultural
Laboratory's Catskill Festival of New Theater. The company met with activists,
scientists, farmers and politicians in the rural towns of Sullivan County, N.Y.,
where natural gas drilling was taking place.
The company tours to places affected by shale-gas drilling and performs
residencies with continued community research at each site in order to customize
the show. "Same River" seeks to draw connections, to give voice to multiple
viewpoints and to acknowledge that we are all downstream, that the earth's water
supply is all the same river. The title of the show echoes a quote
attributed to the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus, "You can't step into the
same river twice."
Strike Anywhere has been featured at Roundabout's American Airlines Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Irondale Center, and on Radio France, N.P.R., German Public Radio and U.S. television.