“We Shall Not Be Moved” is a Genre Bending, Must-See Piece!
You do not want to miss Opera Philadelphia’s Encore presentation of We Shall Not Be Moved, a critically-acclaimed and genre-bending opera created by Haitian-American composer Daniel Bernard Roumain, Haitian-American spoken word artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph and peerless director, choreographer, and dramaturge Bill T. Jones. Illustrating the realities of race relations and police brutality, We Shall Not Be Moved made its mark at its debut during Opera Philadelphia’s FestivalO17 last September. The performance sold out seven shows at the Wilma Theater and earned rave reviews. This piece was then toured nationally and internationally, impacting audiences around the world.
For Opera Philadelphia’s FestivalO18, Opera Philadelphia has decided to bring this piece back for the entire city to experience. We Shall Not Be Moved will be broadcast for free as part of the company’s annual Opera on the Mall series at Independence National Historical Park. Opera on the Mall: We Shall Not Be Moved, presented through the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and PNC Arts Alive, takes place on Saturday, September 29, at 7:00 p.m. (pre-show at 6:00 p.m.). FREE tickets are now available at https://www.operaphila.org/whats-on/events/opera-on-the-mall/o18/.
Mark your calendars today and be sure to secure your tickets to this critically-acclaimed piece. To learn more about We Shall Not Be Moved, Opera on the Mall, and FestivalO18 visit https://www.operaphila.org.
“The world premiere of We Shall Not Be Moved in Festival O17 was an example of how opera can tell our stories and create a dialogue on important issues like racism, gun violence, police brutality, and poverty,” said David B. Devan, General Director & President of Opera Philadelphia. “We are thrilled to bring We Shall Not Be Moved to Independence Mall in a free HD broadcast, and to share this important and powerful work with thousands of people who either could not afford to see it last year or could not get a ticket once it sold out. We are so very grateful tothe John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, PNC Arts Alive, PECO and the many generous individual donors who made this event possible.”