Skip to main content

Natural Connection: The Environment and You

Still image from a multimedia performance that includes a silhouetted figure and the sea floor.
Natural Connection: The Environment and You

How can you connect with the natural world? In celebration of the West Coast premiere of The Great Animal Orchestra, join us for an all-ages festival featuring hands-on activities, performances, and artworks that invite us to observe, listen to, and act in community with the environment. Learn about native Bay Area flora species, reflect on the local landscapes through drawing and poetry, and meet local organizations that are thinking about ways to create positive change and live in relationship with the natural world. Don’t miss live multimedia performances of Infinitely Yours by Vancouver-based artist Miwa Matreyek. Using her signature technique of vibrant, layered projections that she then interacts with while performing in silhouette, her visual storytelling is a compelling examination of climate change that appeals to audiences of any age.

Photo by Keida Mascaro courtesy of Miwa Matreyek

Infinitely Yours
Kanbar Forum
With Miwa Matreyek

Performances at 1:00 and 2:30 p.m.

Immerse yourself in an emotional, dream-like meditation on climate catastrophe and the Anthropocene, the period of time, which constitutes a distinct geological age, when human activities have had a significant environmental impact on Earth.

In Infinitely Yours Miwa Matreyek shape-shifts to express the impact humans have on the environment from various perspectives. From traversing landscapes overflowing with trash to joining a school of fish caught in a trawling net, Miwa’s performance invites you to experience an emotionally impactful illustration of familiar headlines. She also asks you to reflect on what it might mean for all of us—humans, other life, and the Earth itself—to be living in this changing world.

Miwa Matreyek is an animator, director, designer, and performer based in Vancouver who has a background in animation by way of collage. She creates live performances where she interacts with her animations as a shadow silhouette. Her productions are cinematic and theatrical, fantastical and tangible, illusionistic and physical.