Thoreau's Henhawk Visits Mexico -- Watch the Trailer (below)

July 11, 2021 @ 7:00PM — 8:30PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

The performance revolves around an 1859 excerpt from Thoreau's journal: “What we call wildness is a civilization other than our own.” Thoreau’s Henhawk Visits Mexico is a choreographic/musical/video-projection/spoken-word creation by Appalachian Springs Foundation Artistic Director Clara Gibson Maxwell. Thoreau's views on Civil Disobedience were formed as a response to the Mexican-American War. Our event celebrating Thoreau's 200th birthday brought Thoreau to Mexico. One of the attendees, Ana Julia, who has worked with the Amuzgos, an indigenous people in Guerrero State, on their pirate-radio project in an area suffering from water-access issues, was particularly interested in Thoreau's involvement in native culture and civil disobedience. The audiovisual record of the postperformance student discussion with our artistic-technical team about the relevance today of Thoreau's views on art, nature, native peoples, somatic practices (yoga), and social change forms the emotionally gripping and thoughtfully fascinating final section of our new video. "Clara has already perfected what everybody else is still trying to do" - Ornette Coleman

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Single event ticket for the film: "Thoreau’s Henhawk Visits Mexico"

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Henhawk’s soaring perspective was inspired by Thoreau’s saying, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Students wearing GoPro video cameras filmed the live performance from different angles and heights and this footage was incorporated into the initial edited version, which was projected the following evening at the venue and followed by a deliberate discussion with these students on what they had just seen and filmed.

If you have already registered for the Thoreau Society Annual Gathering, you are not required to purchase this ticket. To register for the largest Thoreau virtual event of the year, which includes this viewing and a discussion of "Thoreau’s Henhawk Visits Mexico," go to The Thoreau Society's Annual Gathering website.