Douglas Ewart: Crepuscule (1993-present)
Crepuscule builds connections across boundaries of culture, class, gender, and ethnicity. This long term project began in 1993 in Minneapolis, Minnesota as a commissioned work by the McKnight Foundation, called Wondrous Waters, based on a composition with an enormous group of people performing music, inspired by the sounds, acoustical properties, and possibilities that land and water provided. Mr. Ewart modified the idea from being just an orchestra with a relatively passive audience into an orchestra of community and activities, and an active audience, a microcosm of society where many disciplines could converge.
Crepuscule events usually take place near a body of water, trees, or botanical gardens as a means to draw energy from the setting itself. The circle is imagined as a source of endless nature and power and persons collaborating in Crepuscule events join hands at some point as a demonstration of that power, unity, and community. “When people join hands, the circle becomes galvanized through the collective power of each individual,” remarked Mr. Ewart.
He describes Crepuscule “as a space for all people to perform all kinds of creative art forms and disciplines.” This is a chance for curious artists, musicians, and folks of all ages and skill levels (novice to experienced) to connect casually over refreshments with Mr. Ewart and chat about the project.
Crepuscule 2015: Guelph Agenda
1: of, relating to, or resembling twilight : dim <crepuscular light>
2: occurring or active during twilight <crepuscular insects> <crepuscular activity>