Ecotopia

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Now!

A worldchanging eco-literacy program for

Utah's high schools and universities

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a Broader Impacts Partner of:

National Science Foundation

 
 

Our mission is to communicate urgent climate science and core principles of ecology to Utah's young people, and connect them with local organizations who are working to create ecological and social sustainability in their own backyard.

our

mission:

vision:

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A wave of eco-literate young people reshaping the cultural and physical landscape of Utah, and the planet, for the better.

 

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fair!

informational

Immediately following the assembly students encounter an informational fair featuring local organizations who are actively working to create ecological and social sustainability in their own backyard; this includes: non-profits, student clubs, city initiatives, community service groups, and colleges & universities with related programs of study.

 

Networking face-to-face with representatives from these organizations, students are invited to ground their vision of ecotopia in hands-on experiences of creating ecotopia in realtime.

Long after Ecotopia Now! has rolled on, student involvement with these organizations will be what nurtures their initial curiosity into a lifelong passion for sustainability.

Using technology from the award-winning San Francisco Bicycle Music Festival, all the electricity used for the assembly's sound system is generated entirely by students, who take turns pedaling generator bicycles in-place; harnessing their volunteerism and cooperation to create the power.

 

Their power amplifies an inspirational spectacle that features “whup music” from SHAKE YOUR PEACE! and The Whupestra (a 25-person troupe of musicians, singers, and dancers) alternated with 3-minute long theatrical vignettes, impact speeches, and poetry,  communicating urgent climate science, and core principles of eco-literacy.

 

The assembly evokes the vision of “ecotopia” (a world of social and ecological sustainability), in a visceral, emotional, and unforgettable way.

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Bicycle powered

assembly!

our

program:

 
 

The

Tour:

Project

lead:

SHAKE YOUR PEACE and The Whupestra

SHAKE YOUR PEACE! and The Whupestra is an experimental musical theater company based in Salt Lake City, UT that immerses audiences in "whup" - a multicultural music, dance, and street theater style imbued with an ecotopian perspective. Whup music is featured on the forthcoming album: "Whup Music."

Gabe Dominguez - Director

Director Gabe Dominguez co-founded the critically lauded and award-winning Bicycle Music Festival in San Francisco. He has completed 7 bicycle-based music tours, and 3 walking-based music tours with his band SHAKE YOUR PEACE!sharing a message of sustainability. He is the subject of a Velo Visionaries episode that has been featured at over a dozen film festivals.

 

He is the husband of musician Sonya Cotton, with whom he works in the musical duo Tiny Home. They have two young children and live in Salt Lake City, UT.

 
 

cast

+ crew

music

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Gabe Dominguez

Director, choir

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courtney Isaiah Smith

Music Director, keyboards, choir

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Jazzy Olivo

choir

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Courtney Lane Spaulding

choir

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Adam Taula

choir

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Mychael Johnson

choir

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Andrés Reyes

guitar

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Alicia Wrigley

bass

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Ben Weiss

mandolin

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Juliette Camille

fiddle

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Kenny Fong

saxophone

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candido abeyta

saxophone

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evan taylor

trumpet

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ecotopia

trumpet

dance

theater, crew, coming soon...

 
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Jesus Cespedes

timbales hybrid

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Verneshia Sterling

marching bass drum

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Katia pixie Racine

marching cymbals

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Tyler Chen

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DeSean Bryant

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About:

Ecotopia Now! is an educational musical theater assembly + informational fair, that was slated to tour Utah high schools and colleges in April 2020 (postponed due to COVID-19), now slated for Fall '22. In the meantime we are doing two things: 1) mobilizing allies in Utah to co-create a new k-12 curriculum that combines restorative practices with intersectionality and trains students to stop environmental racism; 2) concocting a suite of theater exercises for school drama programs that helps them combust their own original climate-theater so that they can produce their own adaptation of "Ecotopia Now!" in-house.

 

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Ecotopia Now! is an artistic production of
SHAKE YOUR PEACE! and The Whupestra,
a Salt Lake City-based experimental musical theater company.
Ecotopia Now!
is a fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a 501(c)3 charity. Please consider supporting our work with a tax-deductible donation:

 

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Megan Adelsberger

Choreographer, dance

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Jeffrey Louizia

dance

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Hannah Gagon

dance

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Josh Curtis

dance

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Jill cardenas

dance

info@ecotopianow.org  |  Tel: 657-464-4374

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us:

 

Ecotopia Now! is an artistic production of SHAKE YOUR PEACE! and The Whupestra, a project of Studio Ecotopia