Author Archives: Suzan-Lori Parks

Cabin gigs

Suzan-Lori Parks playing guitar while on a climate change expedition to the Arctic
In our cabin/studio/temporary home onboard the Grigory Mikheev as we head south for Kangerlussuaq. Photo: Nathan Gallagher

Uummanasuaq/Big Heart Shape/Cape Farewell

Today I went ashore and we performed a play I wrote three days ago. It’s called UUMMANASUAQ/BIG HEART SHAPE/CAPE FAREWELL. It’s a forever play, meaning while we only see a few minutes of it, it takes forever to perform. Lemn and David N were in it. They were awesome and very brave working in the cold. Then Peter wanted me to play some slide blues guitar while hanging out on the glacier so on I played Robert Johnson’s “If I had Possession Over Judgement Day.” Magical. My best performance ever, I think. It means a lot to me to bring the blues this far north.
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Sermeg Avangnardleq Blues

Suzan-Lori Parks on a glacier in Greenland
Suzan-Lori Parks, Sermeg Avangnardleq Blues

A Search For The Meaning of Life

Today we went ashore and I directed a performance of my 365s: A Search For The Meaning of Life. It was beautiful and energizing to work with so many members of the expedition on a theatre piece. Laurie A was played the part of the “finder” which gave me a special joy.

Read about Suzan-Lori Park’s previous day.

Around 3:30 am

As we leave Uummannaq I wake up, get bundled in most of my layers and head up to the top deck alone in the dark morning to have another look at the Northern Lights. We’d seen them earlier from shore but away from the lights of the town they’re more spectacular. Depending on who you ask it’s God’s curtains or wafts of electrical current or spirits playing football. Watching them I feel a great joy, an expansiveness and then, moments later, as we pass an iceberg and the ship’s light blazes on it, like a dutiful hand keeping the danger at arms length, I feel my phantom tail curl under. Deep fear. Afraid of something so much bigger than me.
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Crossing into the Arctic Circle

Suzan-Lori Parks blogging old-school
Suzan-Lori Parks blogging old-school as we cross into the Arctic Circle, heading towards Kangerlussuaq.