We Shall Not Be Moved - We Shall Not Be Moved (Sep 16–24) is one of three world premieres with which the company looks forward to baptizing the festival by fire.
A co-commission and co-production with Harlem’s Apollo Theater and London’s Hackney Empire, this powerfully poetic interdisciplinary new chamber opera draws on the collective talents of Haitian-American composer Daniel Bernard Roumain, spoken word artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and peerless director, choreographer, and dramaturge Bill T. Jones. By staying true to its Philadelphia roots while addressing issues only too pertinent to the wider world beyond, We Shall Not Be Moved underscores Opera Philadelphia’s commitment to providing extraordinary artists with opportunities to create their most imaginative and inspired work, and serves as a reminder that the company is, as Opera News observes, “one of the leading instigators of new work in the country.”
Music by Daniel Bernard Roumain
Libretto by Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Director, choreographer and dramaturge: Bill T. Jones
World Premiere: Sep 16, 17, 18, 21, 23 & 24, at 8:00 p.m. | The Wilma Theater
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