Unusual Weather Phenomena Project
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With Unusual Weather Phenomena Project, Zurich-based Director Thom Luz transforms the stage into a skyscape filled with strange weather: rain falling upwards, a quadruple sunset, the sequence of seasons in reverse, the appearance of luminous spheres… All these observations, based on reputable eyewitness accounts, are recorded by William R. Corliss, in A Handbook of Unusual Natural Phenomena, published in 1977. This unorthodox scholar eschews standard scientific methodology, and rather than trying to explain the rules governing nature, he enthusiastically explores all that appears abnormal and improbable. From this anthology of unusual natural phenomena, Thom Luz builds a theater of wonder, in which the weather is transcribed into a musical language, and in which musicians and performers become “time-makers”. Starting from plain, everyday situations the show blossom into a magical realism, driven by curious theatrical machinery. Tracing the history of human interpretation of our changing climate, this piece of musical theater deals with our present, whilst evoking with a light touch the end of the world.