Dakota (2015, 10’, Anne La Berge) organs: Jacob Lekkerkerker | harp: Miriam Overlach | laptop-instrument: Robert van Heumen | flute and electronics: Anne La Berge | narration: Sieger Baljon
The North Dakota oil boom is an ongoing period of rapidly expanding oil extraction from the Bakken formation in the state of North Dakota. New technologies for horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing have opened up vast areas of land for drilling, turning this land into something very different than the farmland that it once was and forces us to consider the economic benefits against the environmental and cultural costs of an oil boom.
Dakota was happy.
Her beauty abundant.
Her honor was fragile
And later defiled.
'Dakota' is part of the theatrical concert 'To Whom this Power'. The premiere took place at Orgelpark on November 28, 2015. This is the video of that performance.