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Nearly 50 years ago, two towering public figures, African-American author James Baldwin and white anthropologist Margaret Mead, sat together and recorded an epic and intimate seven-and-a-half-hour conversation about race in America. Now, choreographer Donald Byrd and playwright Anna Deavere Smith re-imagine that conversation in the present in A Rap on Race. This new dance-theater work combines text with movement and music to communicate the complexities of talking about race, at a time when that conversation is as necessary as ever.
Created by Yaron Lifschitz and the Circa Ensemble
Ten highly-skilled acrobats, a bare stage and a stirring journey of what it means to be human. Australia’s bold, contemporary circus troupe, Circa returns to the Annenberg Center with the U.S. premiere of Humans, a tour de force about the power in physical and emotional strength. The “stunning athleticism and heart-stopping acrobatics in this innovative circus work” (ArtsHub) explore the expressive possibilities of the human body at its extremes.
“A master of visual composition” (Dance Magazine), Bucks County native Jessica Lang is a superstar in the dance world. Called “sophisticated and intelligent” (The Los Angeles Times) and “moving and masterful” (Chicago Sun-Times), Lang’s ballet-based yet contemporary-driven works are rich with stunning movement, compelling musicality and beautiful cinematic composition. In a program of critically acclaimed Philadelphia premieres, this company will transform how you experience dance.