September 19, 20 and 21, 2013 at 8pm
Atlas Performing Arts Center
Composer Michael Bowie leads his fearless music ensemble Siné Qua Non, collaborating with the Alliance for New Music-Theatre, in a dance-theatre journey where the worlds of jazz, classical, and world music meet. Joining SQN in a wonderful collaboration is Shawn Short and his dancers from the Dissonance Dance Theatre as well as video-filmmaker Miriam Machado-Jones to form new bonds and language beyond the edges of predictable styles to take you on a multicultural odyssey into the very soul of music.
What happens to twenty-first century artists bombarded by images from global strife and unrest — from genocide in Africa and political repression in South America to racial conflict in our own country? As video images swirl on the stage screens, refractions of what we are asked to deal with in our daily lives, these artists share their struggle to respond and find expression in their various vocabularies and disciplines and to reach across cultural divides.
The new work changes up musical vocabularies from drummer Mark Prince, to steel panist Victor Provost, percussionist Ekendra Das, and multi-reedist Lyle Link, with styles from African and flamenco to hip hop. Michael Bowie, whose mentors and musical colleagues include Betty Carter, Sarah Vaughn, Michel Camilo, Keter Betts, and The Manhattan Transfer, brings his daring musica
l curiosity to this collaboration.
Alliance for New Music-Theatre presents TranSoul under the umbrella of Radical Transformations, a series of works that explore specific cultural and music-theatre idioms to show contemporary societies caught in conflict and undergoing social and political upheaval. These productions have been chosen to introduce outstanding creative voices in works of artistic and socio-political significance in order to enrich the cultural landscape of this most politically relevant metropolis. Some of the area’s most talented artists have joined together in creative collaborations to forge new directions in music-theatre.
Tickets: $30 / $20 for seniors, educators & students
Tickets at Atlas Performing Arts Center box office 202.399.7993 or online www.atlasarts.org
Where: Atlas Performing ArtsCenter, 1333 H Street NE, WashingtonDC20002.
Made possible with the support of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.