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February 23-24, 2022 

Crossroads Project

Photo Credit: Andrew McAllister 

Rising Tide: The Crossroads Project, a multi-disciplinary live performance fusing original music with art, imagery, and science to address global sustainability and provide a path toward meaningful response. Through an original score by composer Laura Kaminsky, live musical performance by the Fry Street Quartet, lecture by physicist and educator Robert Davies, and imagery by visual artist Rebecca Allen and photographer Garth Lenz, Rising Tide unfolds in a series of vignettes juxtaposing the natural world from which we have emerged and the human world that has emerged from us. Grounded in science, elevated by art, and igniting response, The Crossroads Project confronts a planet under siege and a future in peril, inspiring audiences to change the course.

The Crossroads Project will be part of a two-day residency supported by the Rankin Scholars in Residence Program and will promote a partnership between Drexel’s Department of Performing Arts and the Academy of Natural Sciences. The residency will include a public performance in Mandell Theater with talk-back, a public panel discussion at the Academy of Natural Sciences, and in-class learning sessions for Drexel students in the areas of music, art, and environmental science.

This performance will include a lecture at the Academy of Natural Sciences on February 23, 2022 at 6:30pm.

The performance in the Mandell Theater will take place on February 24, 2022 at 7pm.

Watch the trailer!


April 29, 2022 

Ice Cycle by Filip Wolak

Photo Credit: Filip Wolak

Melting Ice/Changing Winds (Dance and Music of Climate Change), a collaboration inspired by the artists unique experience in the Arctic and addressing global warming. Described by critics as “dazzling” (The Times) and “mesmerizing” (Edinburgh Spotlight), Melting Ice/Changing Winds is a collaboration between acclaimed choreographer Jody Sperling (Time Lapse Dance) and composer Matthew Burtner.

Melting Ice/Changing Winds will include a public performance in Mandell Theater, continued partnership in supplemental programming with the Academy of Natural Sciences, and will also incorporate engagement opportunities specific to members of the Mantua/Powelton neighborhood in coordination with Drexel’s Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships.

This performance will take place on April 29, 2022 at 7pm

Watch a promo of the project!