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San Francisco Performances Presents: Lyra

October 24, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


The Living Earth Show and Post:ballet perform the World Premiere of Lyra, a new collaborative production featuring the music of composer Samuel Adams, the movement of choreographer Vanessa Thiessen, the direction of Robert Dekkers, and the cinematography of Benjamin Tarquin. Rooted in the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, Lyra delves into today’s most urgent questions regarding empathy, technology, and our relationship to the natural world. Created both in quarantine and in person, Lyra weaves together the digital and the physical through a seamless, highly collaborative synthesis of dance, live music, projected film, and Meyer Sound’s new spatial sound technology Spacemap Go.

Trio of dancers in the sand.
Photo by Ben Tarquin [ID: One male and two female dancers are crouched on the sand with dunes in the background, wearing silver metal helmets covering their eyes and arms and legs intertwined.]

Post:ballet is led by Dekkers and Resident Choreographer Vanessa Thiessen, whose collaborative approach to dance making gives all of the artists involved the opportunity to share in the investigation and contribute to the development of a new work, resulting in productions that are “decidedly daring and always beautifully performed” (SF Arts Monthly).


Two dancers out in a field.
Photo by Ben Tarquin [ID: One Black male dancer and one Caucasian female dancer are dressed in modern renaissance costumes out in a field with trees in the background. The feamle dancer is on the back of the male dancer whose arms are extended to the side, elbows upward.]

The Living Earth Show-guitarist Travis Andrews and percussionist Andy Meyerson-is a megaphone and canvas for the world’s most progressive artists. One of the premiere contemporary chamber ensembles in the United States, The Living Earth Show exists to push the boundaries of technical and artistic possibility while amplifying voices, perspectives, and bodies that the classical music tradition has often excluded.

Three people are walking through a rocky landscape.
Photo by Ben Tarquin [ID: Three people in casual suits are walking through a rocky, windswept landscape, with a woman in the middle of two men. There is a barren hill behind them, three stunted trees to the left and a gnarled, disintegrating fallen tree stump to the right.]


October 24, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


San Francisco Performances
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Taube Atrium Theater at the SF War Memorial Opera House
401 Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94102 United States
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