Screening with live score


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.


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