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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Ars Nova Workshop, a free jazz and experimental music presenter, has programmed nearly 500 events since 2000, often in atypical settings.
Founded in 1986, Sruti promotes and presents Indian classical music and dance to educate the greater Philadelphia community on the importance of Indian arts.
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the ICA presents Mouth of Darkness, a performance by musician Travis, organized by Endless Shout collaborator The Otolith Group.
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Anthony Smyrski works with Dan Murphy as the artist duo Megawords. They are well known throughout Philadelphia for installations that are equal parts gathering space, artist studio, and storefront.
Isaac, a 2011 Pew Fellow in dance and choreography, peppered the walls of the Center with blank pages for writing and sharing ideas, in an evolving project called “The Notebook.”
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