March 1, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – March 1, 2018 @ 8:00 pm America/New York Timezone
John L. Tishman Auditorium
University Center

An illuminating work of documentary theater, Tar Sands Songbook asks us to reconsider our relationship with oil. Creator Tanya Kalmanovitch knows this relationship all too well: She was born in Fort McMurray, Canada, near the site of the Athabasca Oil Sands, the world’s largest bitumen reservoir. Fort McMurray has since become a flashpoint of international clashes over energy, the environment, and the economy.

Written and directed with Cecilia Rubino, Kalmanovitch’s polyphonic piece weaves together a chorus of actors’ voices with an original, improvised score. The words of indigenous activists, engineers, heavy equipment operators, elders, oil patch workers, scientists, and members of her own family fuel discussions of our past and the powerful forces that shape our future. Actors Jennifer van Dyck and Peter Jay Fernandez, musician Tanya Kalmanovitch, and media designer Stephen Byram bring this work to life.

Jennifer Van Dyck, actor

Peter Jay Fernandez, actor

Tanya Kalmanovitch, actor and musician



Presented by the Tishman Environment and Design Center at The New School in conjunction with the university-wide curriculum disruption: Disrupt Climate Injustice.