Nature premiered in 2010, created by TigerLion Arts co-founders Markell Kiefer and Tyson Forbes, along with Samuel Elmore. It returned again in 2014, when I first saw it, and has continued to evolve with annual tours. They took 2018 off, but returned in 2019 with several stops in the Midwest (see map above) and three weeks in Emerson and Thoreau's hometown of Concord Mass. Their final stop of the 2019 tour was Lebanon Hills Regional Park in Eagan, where I saw the show on a cold and rainy/snowy/icey day. But that's the thing about Nature - it's not always mild and pleasant, which this show celebrates. Although I was shivering by the end of the show, it was truly a perfectly beautiful day with Nature in Nature.
|find someone who looks at you the way that Thoreau (Jason Rojas)|
looks at Emerson (Tyson Forbes, photo courtesy of TigerLion Arts)
I've written many words about Nature and why I love it (click here to read them all), so I won't repeat myself here. Nature will continue to evolve and return to this Nation that now more than ever needs to be reminded that we need to return to Nature. Every couple of years I need to recharge my soul by going on a hiking trip where I'm totally immersed in Nature without the distractions of civilization, and this piece allows me to do that for an all too brief, but incredibly moving and meaningful, 90 minutes. Follow TigerLion Arts on Facebook for more on the future of Nature.
I went for a walk today
I felt my heart
I talked to a friend
I was held by the earth
I touched the sky
|the cast of Nature (photo courtesy of TigerLion Arts)|