The Earth Moves In Honor of Joy Wulke

With Permission Before Joy Wulke died earlier this year, she wrote most of the script for the multi-media show Terra Tractus: The Earth Moves. Tomorrow The Earth Moves will debut at the Stony Creek Quarry, the first of eight shows over the next two weeks.

Wulke, a sculptor, was the founder of P2k: Projects for a New Millennium, the group responsible for the Quarry production. This was her last major project before she passed away in February. She was 65. 

In addition to commemorating the 20th anniversary of P2k, the show is intended to remember Wulke, a leading sculptor from Stony Creek and her many contributions to Quarry life over the years.  The eight shows will run from June 19-29.

“The main goal is to provide the audience with a completely unique sensory experience … to transform and take them to another place,” Gioia Connell, Wulke’s daughter, said in an interview.

Terra Tractus, which uses the Stony Creek Quarry as its stage, explores the man-made and geological history as well as the future of the Earth and specifically the Quarry using various media, including projection, light, laser, music, pyrotechnics, and dance.

“It is unlike anything that a lot of people have experienced,” Connell said. “It is awe-inspiring, and we want people to come away surprised and pleased with their eyes open and to appreciate and be aware of this special place around them.” 

Connell said P2k is always looking for more volunteers. For this particular show, the majority of volunteers will serve as “trail guides.” This involves ushering audience members from offsite parking to the Quarry. Those interested should send an email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Connell urged people to sign up sooner rather than later as the job requires that volunteers have some working knowledge of the Quarry prior to the show. Any other questions or concerns can be directed .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Harold Shapiro Photo P2k is a nonprofit corporation based out of Connecticut. Since its founding in 1993, the group has produced performance and exhibition as well as educational programming in Connecticut, New York and Montana.

P2k aims to “create collaborative events that foster the fusing of art, science, and ecological concerns as a means of discovery, appreciation, and stewardship of the natural world,” according to its website. Past projects have included Branford Luminata, A Celebration of Branford Waters, Sun Wind Tide, and Izzy the Frog in Lumina Land

From June 19-22 and 25-29, the show will start at dusk, at about 8:30 p.m., and will last approximately one hour. Parking is available at the Walsh Intermediate School; shuttle service will be provided from 6:15-8:15 p.m. prior to the show. During the day leading up to the presentations, P2k will offer Quarry tours. In addition, art and sculptures by local artists will be displayed onsite. There will also be food trucks at the Quarry.

Connell predicts that anywhere from 100 to 300 people will attend each show, depending on the night. There is seating available for even more people. Tickets cost $35 in advance and $45 the day of the show. VIP Special Access tickets can also be purchased for $100. All fundraising will go towards the show and continuing installments. 

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