The Way of the Rain


Institute History

  • 2015 Sundance Film Festival


The Way of the Rain was inspired by the annual monsoon rains that sustain life on the fragile landscape of the high-desert plateaus of the Southwest. This live multidisciplinary performance invites the audience to remember their physical and spiritual connection to our planet's beauty and plight through paintings, music, dance, film, light, and spoken word.

Conceived by environmental-artist Sibylle Szaggars Redford to explore the issue of climate change resulting in rapidly changing weather patterns, Redford collaborated with world-renowned artists to create a piece that illustrates crucial environmental dilemmas through performance art.

These artistic collaborators include music by Will Calhoun, Living Colour drummer; Dave Eggar, cellist and pianist; Chuck Palmer, percussionist; choreography by Desmond Richardson; lighting design by Steve Cohen; sound design by Ron Saint Germain; and multimedia art by F. Thomas McBee.

Expect special guest appearances by Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Robert Redford, vocalist and performance artist Sussan Deyhim, singer Marc Roberge, and musician Richard On.

Principal Sponsor: Zions Bank
Supporting Sponsor: Cirque Lodge

Screening Details

  • Section: Special Events
  • Film Type: Performance
  • Country: U.S.A.
  • Run Time: 75 min. min.
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