The Apollo Presents A New York Premiere Opera
WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED
FRIDAY, OCT 6 / 8:00 PM
SATURDAY, OCT 7 / 8:00 PM
Music by Daniel Bernard Roumain
Libretto by Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Directed & Choreographed by Bill T. Jones
Conducted by Viswa Subbaraman
Experience this genre-defying opera that combines spoken word, contemporary movement, video projection, classical, R&B and jazz influences. Inspired by the 1985 MOVE crisis in Philadelphia where a standoff between police and a Black liberation group resulted in the deadly bombing of a residential neighborhood, We Shall Not Be Moved explores that legacy today through five Philly teens who find power in family and resistance.
This invigorating chamber opera, is “ambitiously interdisciplinary,” according to Tony-Award winner Bill T. Jones (Fela!, Spring Awakening). He’s joined by Daniel Bernard Roumain, a Harlem based composer whose music blends genres into a vital, experiential sonic form and Marc Bamuthi Joseph – the acclaimed Haitian-American librettist whose bold poetically-driven work investigates social issues and cultural identity.
BLACK CREATIVITY: TOSHI REAGON AND DANIEL BERNARD ROUMAIN
In Conversation with Apollo Theater's Kamilah Forbes and WQXR's Helga Davis
Thurs, Sept 28 at 7PM
Before Apollo Uptown Hall: Movement Required, join composers Toshi Reagon and Daniel Bernard Roumain, Apollo Theater executive producer Kamilah Forbes and vocalist and Helga podcast host Helga Davis for a conversation about the contributions of black artists to contemporary opera and the narratives they are driving in American culture.
The evening includes performances from new works, including Reagon’s “Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower,” an operatic adaption of the science fiction novel, and Roumain’s “We Shall Not Be Moved,” an interdisciplinary opera co-commissioned and co-produced by Harlem's Apollo Theater, Opera Philadelphia and London's Hackney Empire, which will have its New York premiere on Friday, October 6 at The Apollo.
After the Apollo Uptown Hall: Movement Required, the Apollo Theater is partnering with the Maysles Documentary Center for a screening of the gripping and award-winning film, Let the Fire Burn, about the confrontations between MOVE and the Philadelphia government. A 10% discount will be given to those who show a ticket for either Apollo Uptown Hall: Movement Required or We Shall Not Be Moved when purchasing a Let the Fire Burn ticket at the Maysles. More details at Maysles.org. Additionally, your tickets will give you 10% off purchases at Revolution Books, until Oct. 15. For more info, visit RevolutionBooksNYC.org.