Opera on the Mall with PACDC

Independence National Historical Park
Sep 29, 2018 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Join PACDC and friends at this year’s Opera on the Mall on Saturday, September 29th at 7pm. Each year, Opera Philadelphia hosts Opera on the Mall, a free opera screening attended by thousands of people in Philadelphia’s Independence National Historic Park. This year, Opera Philadelphia will present “We Shall Not Be Moved.” Learn more about the show here.

Tickets are free, but you must RSVP here in advance as we plan to serve refreshments on the Mall. If you already reserved your own ticket but would like to attend with the group, please email Zakya Hall. Additional logistical information will be available at a later date. 

About We Shall Not Be Moved 

On the run after a series of tragic incidents, five North Philly teens find refuge in an abandoned, condemned house in West Philadelphia at the exact location that served as headquarters of the MOVE organization, where a 1985 standoff with police infamously ended with a neighborhood destroyed and 11 people dead, including five children. This self-defined family is assuaged and even inspired by the ghosts who inhabit this home and begin to see their squatting as a matter of destiny and resistance rather than urgent fear. This World Premiere chamber opera by Daniel Bernard Roumain, an acclaimed composer and performer whose work defies genre, and librettist Marc Bamuthi Joseph, an arts activist known for spoken‐word performance, is “ambitiously interdisciplinary,” according to Bill T. Jones, the celebrated director, choreographer, dramaturge, and dancer. Combining spoken word, contemporary movement, video projection, classical, R&B and jazz singing, and a brooding, often joyful score filled with place, purpose, and possibility, We Shall Not Be Moved is a timely exploration of past and present struggles which suggests an alternate future through the eyes of its young protagonists.


Please contact Zakya Hall at zhall@pacdc.org or 215-732-5829 ext.103.

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