Voyager, premiered in 2011 in Chicago, at Stage 773. It is an evening length dance work inspired by Carl Sagan’s famous Golden Record time capsule. In 1977, Sagan and NASA launched two Voyager spacecrafts, affixing each with a gold-coated copper phonograph record as a “message to possible extraterrestrial civilizations.” Each record contains 90 minutes of “the world’s greatest music,” an audio essay entitled “The Sounds of Earth,” and greetings in nearly 60 human languages (and one whale language). Mr. Sagan’s musical selections provide a potent score for tackling these persisting questions of communication, humanity, longevity and future.
Choreography: Lizzie Leopold
Music: Gavotte en Rondeaux by J.S. Bach
Dancers: Melissa Bloch, Lizzie Leopold, Natalia Negron, Jordan Newmark, Nicole Romano Uribarri
Lighting: Josh Weckesser