This Clement World is a fiercely creative and charismatic tribute to our rapidly changing environment, as seen through the prism of Cynthia Hopkins’ deeply personal lens and wild cross-disciplinary style. Performed live with a 15-piece chorus and band, This Clement World blends outlandish fiction and original avant-folk songs with Hopkins’ own documentary footage from an Arctic expedition with Cape Farewell, infusing our global climate crisis with humor, poetics and urgency.
Performed by Cynthia Hopkins
Designed by Jeff Sugg
Directed by DJ Mendel
Premiered February 2013
St. Ann’s Warehouse (Brooklyn, NY)
“When she wraps her big, rich, soulful voice around an anthem to the beauty of the natural world or the folly of our disregard for it, the show transcends.”
– Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
This Clement World was produced by Accinosco, Inc. and commissioned by St. Ann’s Warehouse, the Walker Art Center, and Les Subsistances; with residencies provided by Acadia Summer Arts Program, Yaddo, Brown University, and The MacDowell Colony. This Clement World was inspired in part by an Arctic expedition granted by Cape Farewell, and a Conference organized by Tipping Point and hosted by Columbia’s Earth Institute.