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Uniting art, history, sociology, and ecology, Murat Eyuboglu's documentary The Colorado takes viewers on a prismatic journey through the Colorado River Basin. Join us for a screening with live score performed on stage by the vocalists of Roomful of Teeth, percussionist Glenn Kotche (Wilco), and more. Inspired by the river's ecological challenges, Eyuboglu's The Colorado shares the vital significance of this natural resource to the American West.

PRE-SHOW TALK: Prior to the performance on April 22, join us at 6:30pm for a discussion with conservationist William deBuys and filmmaker Murat Eyuboglu.

Roomful of Teeth, voices
Jeffrey Ziegler, cello
Glenn Kotche, percussion

John Luther Adams, William Brittelle, Glenn Kotche, Shara Nova, and Paola Prestini, composers

Mark Rylance, narrator (recorded)
William deBuys and Murat Eyuboglu, script
Murat Eyuboglu, director
David Sarno, editor


This performance is part of our Imagining the West series.



For five million years, the Colorado River has carved some of the most majestic landscapes on the planet. It has also become the lifeline of a vast portion of North America, providing the water that sustains nearly 40 million people, half a dozen major cities, and an immense agricultural empire. Because of these demands, the river is so overused and overpromised that it no longer flows to the sea or nourishes its delta. Placing the ecology of the river within a rich social context, The Colorado journeys through the prehistoric settlement of the region, the period of European exploration, the dam-building era, modern industrial agriculture and immigration, and the impact of climate change.


Generously supported by Roberta and Stephen Denning with additional funding provided by the National Endowment for the Arts

Produced by VisionIntoArt/National Sawdust in association with New Amsterdam Presents

VisionIntoArt/National Sawdust would like to thank the following for their support in making The Colorado possible: the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

“Always intriguing and frequently beguiling,” VisionIntoArt is a multimedia producing company based out of the Brooklyn music venue National Sawdust that “facilitates flamboyant, confounding and enticing collaborations” (New York Times). With the belief that collaboration sustains artistic innovation, VIA creates and commissions works that involve various disciplines, presented around the world for the general audience, and forged from the most exciting emerging and established artists living today as well as interdisciplinary experts including scientists and conservationists.





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