The Mann Center for the Performing Arts presented a multidisciplinary interpretation of Igor Stravinsky’s orchestral score for the 1910 ballet The Firebird that linked South African and Russian traditions and integrate music, literature, and the disciplines of dance, movement, and puppetry. Creating a distinctly contemporary African reinterpretation of the Russian symphonic work, the Mann curated a unique program, 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. Ladysmith Black Mambazo performed a repertoire that showcased their South African musical traditions along with two Russian folk songs quoted in The Firebird, which were arranged in the harmonic sounds and rhythms of South Africa and sung in English and Zulu. The Philadelphia Orchestra’s performance of the complete score for The Firebird were accompanied by a reinterpretation of the original Ballets Russes staging with Younge’s puppets, performed by expert puppeteers and dancers.
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Red-Eye to Havre de Grace, created by Thaddeus Phillips with support from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, is reviewed in the New York Times.
The Community Education Center has grown into an arts organization with a focus on cultivating a support system for artists, supported through residency and service programs.
Sarah Sze’s installations, on view at the Fabric Workshop and Museum through April 6, 2014, received recent media attention from WHYY’s Newsworks.
For his first Philadelphia appearance in over four decades, Milford Graves will present a rare solo performance inside the oldest barn in Philadelphia County at Bartram’s Garden.
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Megawords (run by Dan Murphy and Anthony Smyrski, both Pew Fellows) is self-described as “an experimental media project” that takes the form of a biannual photography magazine, as well as related installation projects and public events.
Kent Thompson was named artistic director of the Denver Center Theatre Company, part of the Denver Center for Performing Arts, in 2005.
A series of discussions will be held with acclaimed French choreographer Boris Charmatz and various artists and cultural practitioners.
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