Firebird: Reimagined

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1/5: Firebird: Reimagined at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts. Photo by Jordan August
2/5: Firebird: Reimagined at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts. Photo by Jordan August
3/5: Firebird: Reimagined at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts. Photo by Jordan August
4/5: Firebird: Reimagined at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts. Photo by Jordan August
5/5: Ladysmith Black Mambazo in Firebird: Reimagined at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts. Photo by Jordan August.

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts presents Firebird: Reimagined, a multidisciplinary interpretation of Igor Stravinsky’s orchestral score for the 1910 ballet The Firebird that links South African and Russian traditions and integrates music, literature, and the disciplines of dance, movement, and puppetry. This contemporary African interpretation of the Russian symphonic work features The Philadelphia Orchestra, Grammy Award-winning South African vocal ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and larger-than-life puppets by Janni Younge of South Africa’s renowned Handspring Puppet Company.

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Russian folktales and South African music and puppetry united in a multidisciplinary interpretation of Igor Stravinsky’s composition for the 1910 ballet The Firebird, featuring The Philadelphia Orchestra, Grammy Award-winning South African vocal ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and larger-than-life puppets by Janni Younge of South Africa’s renowned Handspring Puppet Company.

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