A stunning new production from the wildly successful creators of 2017’s The Fall of the House of Usher, this theatrical event observes and comments on the American experience through a myriad of musical lenses.
The first half of the program, America: the Beautiful, the Blended, the Bared explores the terrain of our nation’s east coast and deep south through a cross-genre program of American and American-influenced music. Arrangements of familiar songs will feature dancers from the Hong Kong Ballet and Terra Firma Dance Company, alongside members of Wolf Trap Opera, visually accompanied by a backdrop of American photos that come from you - our audience!
In the second half we are taken on a virtual and musical travelogue through the United States with The Seven Deadly Sins by Kurt Weill and his collaborator Berthold Brecht where cabaret, jazz and popular American music of the twenties comes alive. Sisters, the practical Anna I (a singer) and the impulsive Anna II (a dancer), set out across America to seek their fortune and create a new home. During their seven-year journey they are tempted by each of the biblical deadly sins. Disillusioned, they eventually give up their dreams and ideals return to their family.
Featured artwork courtesy Michael Craig-Martin and Alan Cristea Gallery.
This performance is part of Halcyon’s By The People - an international arts and dialogue festival taking place across DC June 21-24. For more information, visit http://halcyonhouse.org/by-the-people.
Location: Dock5 at Union Market
Address: 1309 5th St NE, Washington DC 20002
Parking: Free parking in the Union Market lot on 6th Street NE. Point your GPS to 1270 6th Street NE
Metro Access: Red Line to the NoMA-Galludet U stop
Running Time: 75 minutes including 1 intermission
Tickets: Seating is general admission, first-come first-served.
Food: Food and drink available for purchase at the venue
Music by Kurt Weill
Libretto by Bertold Brecht
Septime Webre, stage director & choreographer
Joseph Li, musical director
Anna I - Annie Rosen
Anna II - Ye Feifei
Family - Piotr Buszewski, Nicholas Nestorak, Johnathan McCullough, Anthony Reed
Dancers - Li Jiabo, Xia Jun, Kyle Lin, Jonathan Spigner
Zoie Reams, mezzo
Piotr Buszewski, tenor
Nicholas Nestorak, tenor
Johnathan McCullough, baritone
Anthony Reed, bass
Terra Firma Dance Company
Members of the Hong Kong Ballet
Christopher Koelzer, pianist
Joseph Connell, percussion