Celebrating 50 years of the Philip Glass Ensemble in 2019, Pomegranate Arts revives Philip Glass’ Music with Changing Parts, originally composed for the PGE in 1970. Previously considered a transitional work from Glass’ early experimental period, Pomegranate invited Philip Glass to revisit this significant yet rarely performed work for a new generation. Touring with a new arrangement enlarged to incorporate local brass and vocal ensembles, the ninety-minute work comprised of ecstatic repetitive figures and sustained harmonies has been transformed into what Glass himself considers “a richer version of the music and a more satisfying completion of the original idea.” For its premiere engagement at Carnegie Hall in 2018, Music with Changing Parts was re-conceived for the eight musicians of the Philip Glass Ensemble joined onstage with young performers from the San Francisco Girls Chorus and San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Batsheva returns to North America in Spring 2019 with a new evening-length work, Venezuela, in which Naharin and the dancers explore the dialogue and conflict between movement and the content it represents. Naharin created Venezuela in two 40-minute sections placed in juxtaposition. In this multi-faceted and compelling work, the endless possibilities of a choreographer’s craft are at play, and in turn, Venezuela compels the audience to challenge their own freedom of choice.
Widely credited as one of the greatest artistic achievements of the 20th century, this rarely performed work launched its creators Robert Wilson and Philip Glass to international fame in 1976. Now, nearly four decades after it was first performed and twenty years since its last production, Pomegranate Arts has reconstructed this revolutionary performance work for a major international tour. Einstein on the Beach is available to be performed in fully staged or abridged concert versions conducted by Michael Riesman.
Winner of the 2013 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Opera Production
Leonard and I first began talking about a poetry/music collaboration more than 6 years ago. We met at that time in Los Angeles and he had with him a manuscript that became the basis of the collection of poetry now published as Book of Longing. In the course of an afternoon that stretched into the evening, he read virtually the whole book to me. I found the work intensely beautiful, personal and inspiring. On the spot, I proposed an evening-length work of poetry, music and images based on this work. Leonard liked my idea, and we agreed to begin. Now, six years later, our stars are in alignment, the book is published, and I have composed the music. With the help of Linda Brumbach and Pomegranate Arts, we assembled a production team that includes Susan Marshall, stage director; Christine Jones, set designer; Scott Zielinski, lighting designer; Kasia Walicka Maimone, costume designer; Book of Longing opened in Toronto on June 1, 2007. For me, this work is both a departure from past work and a fulfillment of an artistic dream.
– Philip Glass
Pomegranate Arts launched the first international tour of Drama Desk Award winning Charlie Victor Romeo. Recipient of two 2000 Drama Desk awards, including Best Unique Theatrical Experience, this live theatrical documentary is derived from the “black box” transcripts of six major real-life airline emergencies. Embraced by the US military, aviation and medical communities; this production has been heralded for its unsparing truthfulness and dedication to its non-sensational approach. Allowing the audience into the tension-filled cockpits of actual flights in distress, Charlie Victor Romeo is a portrait of the psychology of crisis and a testimony to the ability to live to the last second of life. More information on CVR can be found on the website: http://www.charlievictorromeo.com
Warm up the winter holidays with Grammy Award® winner Dan Zanes and his friends from near and far for a celebration of the season. When Dan invites his friends over for a jam session, a traditional Christmas carol becomes a terrific excuse to tap dance, Arabic beats provide the backdrop for a Lunar New Year sing-a-long, and the stage erupts with disco Hanukah songs and irresistible Mexican rhythms. No matter what instrument he plays, be it banjo, cuatro or electric guitar, Dan has a magical knack for making kids and parents smile and sing together, tickling everyone’s musical taste buds like no other. Join us for this fun and festive 21st century family concert!
“After using a lot of technology for years, I’m trying to work with as little equipment as possible. Also I’ve been experimenting with putting myself in extremely unfamiliar and awkward situations so this piece includes a kind of report of these experiences.”—Laurie Anderson
Internationally renowned composer of the Balkans, Sarajevo-born Goran Bregovic’s four-decade-long career has weathered war in the former Yugoslavia and exile in Paris. First known in North America for his compositions written for the films of director Emir Kusturica (Underground, Time of the Gypsies), Bregovic has been likened to peers Ennio Morricone and Nino Rota creating unforgettable scores that transcend their medium. Joined by his Wedding and Funeral Band featuring a gypsy brass band and two Bulgarian sisters singing back-up, Bregovic’s music marries the traditional folk music of the Roma with a rock and roll edge. The raptures of dancing and mourning combine in the concerts of this Balkan icon that indie-pop star Beirut dubbed his favorite musician ever.
The Hanging Man is Improbable Theatre’s vision of a modern day miracle play, an Everyman for the 21st century.
Braff hangs by his neck from the end of a rope, but is unable to end his ruined life. It seems that death does not want him yet – a man so stubborn and inflexible that even the tightest of nooses and the tallest of falls cannot choke or break his rigid neck. He is taken, still hanging, on a journey as his life is paraded below him and around him. Sometimes he is lowered down to play himself – sometimes chairs and characters are hoisted up and scenes are played in the air – but throughout, Braff is never released from the tight grip of the rope. However much he wants to, this man will just not die. And as he hangs the world grows older, the years come and go. Eventually, impossibly, love comes his way again, but this time Braff embraces the change. Now, for the first time he wants to release himself from the rope, leave the house and breathe the air. Ah… but it doesn’t work like that. His stiff inflexible body has softened with his newfound optimism, and the thick rope slowly throttles him. Braff ascends up to heaven – a sweet bittersweet ending.
Ridiculous, beautiful, and funny, the production combines the principals, vision, and feeling of Improbable’s small-scale trilogy (70 Hill Lane, Coma, Spirit) with the story telling and visual boldness of the repertory based productions that first brought Artistic Directors Julian Crouch, Lee Simpson, and Phelim McDermott together. It incorporates a big, bold and rich visual design along with a sound scape by New York-based sound designer Darron West.
The Hanging Man is a production of Improbable Theatre, a co-production with The West Yorkshire Playhouse, Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University with support from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Walker Art Center through a grant from The Rockefeller Foundation’s Multi-Arts Production Fund with additional support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Lyric Hammersmith, and Weiner Festwochen.