Directed by Steve Cosson Produced and Performed by ETHEL Projection Design: Deborah Johnson for CandyStations Lighting Design: Chris Kuhl Set Design: Adrian Jones and Deborah Johnson
In 1971, a hundred photographers fanned out across the country as part of the EPA’s Project Documerica to capture America’s sometimes fabled, sometimes fraught relationship to its land.
For ETHEL’s Documerica, I traversed the expansive and wondrous Environmental Protection Agency archives, ultimately using 2700 of the total 22,000 photographs available. I selected images based on the themes and energy in each of the fourteen unique, string-based compositions. The visuals accompany the live performance of ETHEL‘s Documerica, which continues to tour with great acclaim.