On Stage This Summer: Pennsylvania Ballet Performs Trisha Brown Work, Prism Quartet Collaborates with Partch Ensemble, and More

1/5: Scenes from the Royal Shakespeare Company production of The Tempest featuring puppets designed, constructed, and choreographed by Janni Younge. Courtesy of the Mann Center.
2/5: Martha McDonald performs “Songs of Memory and Forgetting” as part of RAIR: Live at the Dump. Photo by Mike Persico.
3/5: The PRISM Quartet. Photo by Jon Rohrer.
4/5: Leaning Duets, performed by the Trisha Brown Dance Company. Photo © Thibault Gregoire, 2013.
5/5: The Crossing performs John Luther Adams’ Canticles of the Holy Wind at the Crane Arts Center Icebox. Photo by Rebecca Oehlers.

A number of Center-supported performances take the stage this summer, including Pennsylvania Ballet’s presentation of Trisha Brown’s O zlozony/O composite, presented by Bryn Mawr College, seven new musical commissions by The Crossing, and the world premiere of Pablo Batista’s music and dance production El Viaje (The Journey). See our highlights below, and visit our events page to discover more upcoming projects and programs.

Martha McDonald performs “Songs of Memory and Forgetting” as part of RAIR: Live at the Dump. Photo by Mike Persico.

Color Theory
June 1-11

PRISM Quartet investigates the concept of “musical color” through a series of workshops, performances, and collaborations. Partnering with the Brooklyn-based group Sō Percussion (June 4), and Partch (June 11), an ensemble devoted to American composer Henry Partch, PRISM will present two concerts featuring new commissions that pair the saxophone with a wide range of percussion instruments.

Live at the Dump: Songs of Memory and Forgetting
June 5 and 12

RAIR (Recycled Artist In Residency) presents Martha McDonald’s site-specific installation and performances at Northeast Philadelphia’s Revolution Recovery recycling facility and artist space. While playing original music on repurposed instruments, McDonald will lead audiences through an interpretive musical tour of the site, navigating through the sorting piles to explore the fragile nature of memory. Watch a video of McDonald at RAIR in The Wall Street Journal.>>

The PRISM Quartet. Photo by Jon Rohrer.

O zlozony/O composite
June 9-12

Bryn Mawr College’s retrospective, Trisha Brown: In the New Body, culminates in performances of the postmodern choreographer’s O zlozony/O composite by the Pennsylvania Ballet, marking the first time a US ballet company will perform Brown’s work. Inspired by the poetry of Czeslaw Milosz and Edna St. Vincent Millay, O zlozony/O composite combines Brown’s signature choreographic voice with the refined movement of classical dance.

Leaning Duets, performed by the Trisha Brown Dance Company. Photo © Thibault Gregoire, 2013.

Seven Responses
June 24-25

The Crossing has commissioned seven renowned composers to create musical responses to 17th-century composer Dieterich Buxtehude’s Jesu Membra Nostri, a series of seven short cantatas that address the body of Jesus Christ. The Crossing will perform alongside leading ensembles Quicksilver Baroque and the International Contemporary Ensemble, alternating their performances and presenting the historic cantatas alongside their contemporary counterparts in two programs.

El Viaje (The Journey)
June 25-26

Percussionist and Pew Fellow Pablo Batista presents the world premiere of a new performance work that tells the story of the spiritual and cultural resilience of those forced to emigrate from Africa to the Americas. El Viaje will blend traditional Afro-Cuban rhythms, contemporary Western instrumentation, Afro-Caribbean choreography, and multi-media imagery to create an immersive musical experience.

Firebird: Reimagined
July 20

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts brings together The Philadelphia Orchestra, Grammy Award-winning South African vocal ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and South Africa’s renowned Handspring Puppet Company in a multidisciplinary interpretation of Igor Stravinsky’s orchestral score for the 1910 ballet The Firebird.



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Grants & Grantees

Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble presented a home season program featuring Ukrainian costumes and live music by violinist Vasyl Popadiuk.

As part of the ongoing retrospective Trisha Brown: In the New Body, Bryn Mawr College presents a conversation with former Trisha Brown Dance Company members Eva Karczag and Lisa Kraus.

Grants & Grantees

Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin brought his duet to the Koresh Dance Company for performance and taught a series of master classes in his signature dance technique.

Grants & Grantees

People’s Light will collaborate with the National Theatre of Scotland to develop research and the building blocks for a theater piece that explores the question: What is meaningful work in the 21st century?

The Philadelphia Singers collaborated with new music ensembles Relâche and Orchestra 2001, in a program featuring a world premiere by Philip Glass and a Philadelphia premiere by Steve Reich.

Gabrielle Revlock and Nicole Bindler star in this dance collaboration about two female artists in a spectacle-driven world.

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Collaborators & Colleagues

William Williams is a photographer and a 1997 Pew Fellow.

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