Age Of Awakening

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The Age Of Awakening
created by Chris Birkett and Micheal McIsaac

A touring soft seat theater stage show featuring original music by Chris
Birkett performed live accompanied by dance ensembles, award winning
set design, video installations and quotes read by a stage or screen icon.
Essentially it’s an evolution from the popular shows River dance and Hair
Each scenario follows a particular period of awakening, associated
with the Age of Aquarius. During the tour of Canada we contact local
communities to find cultural dancers and invite them to take part in the
show. This brings local audiences as well as local culture to each event.

Scene 1
Date – 1853: Project an image of Chief Seattle on screen
Narration: Quote “Man did not weave the web of life, he is merely a strand
in it. Whatever he does to the web, he does to himself”.
Prediction of the non sustainable effect of Industrialization and subsequent
effect on Climate Change.
Song: Savior
Dance: Native Dance with Pow Wow drum
Contact: Native Reserves and Centers

Scene 2
Industry effects climate change and causes immigration of labor from
drought stricken countries like Syria, Algeria, Niger etc. Immigrants struggle
to find work and are forced to live away from their families. It’s only the
music from their culture that gives them hope and connects them to home.
Quote: Nelson Mandela: “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s
chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of
Song: We Can Make It
Dance: Flamenco dance
Contact: Mexican and Spanish dance groups

Scene 3
Date – 1950 Project image of Dalai Lama and Mahatma Gandhi on screen.
Narration: Movement of consciousness from East to West. Chinese
invasion of Tibet forces Tibetan Buddhist to live in exile in Darhamsala.
Starts the process of emerging consciousness in the West.
Quote from Gandhi: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the
service of others, be the change that you want to see.”
Songs: Top Of The World – Freedom – Fly – Do you know me.
Dance or feature: Harmonic overtone singing. Tai Chi or yoga flow
Contact: Tibetan and other Spiritual centers

Scene 4
Narration: The start of TM movement, shift in consciousness – The early
seeds of awakening.
Quote from Yoganandi: “Before embarking on important undertakings sit
quietly calm your senses and thoughts and meditate deeply. You will then
be guided by the great creative power of Spirit.”
Song: Turning Around The Sun
Dance: Sufi Dervish Dance
Contact: Yoga and meditation centers

Scene 5
Narration: Learning from Aboriginals. Return to nature – Wake Up.
Quote: Rachel Carson, author Silent Spring: “Those who contemplate the
beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life
Song: Dreamtime, Why’d it take so long?
Dance: Australian Aboriginal dance with Didgeridoo

Scene 6
Narration. Heroes of Change – Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela etc
Quote: King: I have a dream…
Song: Man Go Free
Dance: African dance with Djembe etc
Contact: African dance troupes

Scene 7
Narration: Modern day situations. Virtual world, absence of direct
communication, over use of cell phones as substitute for real human
Quote: Marshall McLuhan: “We shape our tools and then our tools shape
Song : Tweet Me Right
Dance: Contemporary

Scene 8
Moving into the new age of Awakening. The evolution of cosmic
Consciousness. Seeing Humanity as one, without boundaries and
Project picture of The Earth
Narration: Quote from Al Gore: An Inconvenient Truth
“It’s our only home. And that is what is at stake, our ability to live on planet
Earth, to have a future as a civilization. I believe this is a moral issue, it is
your time to seize this issue, it is our time to rise again to secure our
Song: Where Do We Go From Here?