Mythical performance makes its way to St. Pete

St. Peterburg will soon provide a safe haven for a group of monarch butterflies trying to escape from climate change.


ST PETERSBURG — Nomadic Tempest will debut in St. Petersburg April 4 and run through April 9. An international crew from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and throughout Europe have collaborated on the project since mid-January 2017 to build the set for the world premiere of the production. The talent includes set builders, artists, dancers, designers and mask makers, according to a press release. 

It is an environmental story, a mythic tale about monarch butterflies who must flee due to the changing climate. The performance will be taking place aboard the theater company's ship, Amara Zee, a 90-foot tall vessel. The Amara Zee was finished being built in 1996 Amara Zee means "Heart of the Sea Goddess". It has been rigged into a massive theater with performances that take place in front of the shoreline audiences where it travels. 

The show heads to several other locations after St. Petersburg's world premiere. It will head to New Orleans, Louisiana; Galveston, Texas; then on through the Panama Canal and finally to Victoria, British Columbia, where the theatre company started more than 45 years ago. 

The company is called the Caravan Stage Company and Paul Kirby and Adriana Kelder started the business in 1970 in Victoria. It is a professional non-profit theatre. They have traveled the world performing several types of productions including experimental theatre and opera creations. Many of the themes portrayed in their work deal with social justice and environmental issues. The company started with a single wagon puppet show on Vancouver Island but has grown substantially to a company with 25 people. 

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