A SOUND + PERFORMANCE INSTALLATION
Learn more at My Ocean's performance blog.
MY OCEAN Performance Video Screenings
06/19/19 - Friday, June 14, 7pm: The Commons, Minneapolis - 425 Portland Ave S, Minneapolis, Mn
For the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention and Northern Spark 2019,
The Traveling Museum presents My Ocean as part of their exhibit, "Chatter" which
features works from artists living in greater Minnesota.
08/11/18 - Nemeth Art Center, Park Rapids, Mn
03/31/18 7pm Water Bar and Public Studio, Minneapolis - w/ musical guest Ivan and the Wind
01/23/18 7pm The Buffalo Show, Bryant Lake Bowl, Minneapolis - w/TC Sacred Harp Singers
11/07/17 7-9pm Bella Luna Studios at Wolf House, Minneapolis - with Ben Weaver, Thomas LeBlanc
10/15/17 6-7:30pm Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center, Spicer, Mn - with Nik Nerburn
09/16/17 8pm Kirkbride Park Outdoor Film Festival
09/09/17 7pm-8:30pm • Historical Terrace Mill, Mn
06/28/17 5pm-6:30pm • Prague College, Prague CZ
06/08/17 11am-12pm • RAC Summit, UMM
ABOUT MY OCEAN - Performance Video
Trailer | Full Credits
This film documents the experience of My Ocean, an outdoor, site-specific sound and performance installation that took place at Ordway Prairie Nature Preserve in Pope County, MN, in August 2016. Performance Artist Bethany Lacktorin led audiences on an hour-long walk through a carefully composed environment of sound, music and storytelling. The pathway runs through a diverse range of ecological habitats, as well as the ruins of Fort Lake Johanna, and the site of Lacktorin’s childhood home, which had previously been her great-grandmother’s General Store. Along the walk, Lacktorin shared stories ranging from her family history and personal memoir, to naturalist interpretations of the local ecology, Dakota history and Immigrant legends.
Throughout each performance Lacktorin and cast are accompanied by a live music and sound installation composed and performed by James Everest with the My Ocean Orchestra and Choir, a collection of local and national musicians and singers, including members of the Lady Fire Prairie Choir and Twin Cities Sacred Harp Shape note singers.
To protect the natural habitats in Ordway Prairie, My Ocean was performed for limited-size audiences, three (3) times daily on Saturday August 13 and Sunday August 14. (12, 3, & 6pm) While the content of My Ocean is appropriate for all ages, the quiet, subtle format and challenging path of uneven ground restricts attendance to able-bodied audience members ages 6 and above.*
My Ocean cast, crew, and audience gathered at Goat Ridge Brewing Co in New London for a companion White Walls Art Exhibition "Prairie Diaspora" and concert by acclaimed Twin Cities-based singer-songwriter and poet Ben Weaver. "Prairie Diaspora" went on to show at Pope Art Gallery, Terrace Mill with photos by Brian Parmeter.
ABOUT the EDITOR
With diligence and heart, photographer and filmmaker Nik Nerburn (https://niknerburn.wordpress.com/) has created this video documenting the performance of My Ocean using footage capturing (and captured by) several audiences, participants and volunteers.