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About the opera: Combining spoken word, contemporary dance, classical, R&B, and jazz singing, We Shall Not Be Moved tells the story of five North Philadelphia teens on the run. Their confrontation with a local police officer rises from the enduring ashes of the Philadelphia Police Department's 1985 bombing of the MOVE compound in West Philadelphia. This opera asks “For whom America the Beautiful?” and raises timely questions about national identity, race, gender, the failure for some in the public education system, and personal responsibility. With music by Daniel Bernard Roumain, libretto by Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and directed by Bill T. Jones. Recommended for ages 14 and up due to strong language and violence. Discover more>>
Opera on the Mall is presented through the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and PNC Arts Alive
Funding for Opera on the Mall has been received from PECO, the Mazzotti/Kelly Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation, Drs. Beverly Lange and Renato Baserga, the Virginia Brown Martin Fund of the Philadelphia Foundation, the Hamilton Family Charitable Trust, and Ms. Robin Angly and Mr. Miles Smith. Additional funding was received from more than 200 generous individuals who supported Opera on the Mall through the company's first-ever crowdfunding campaign.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
Pre-show at 6:00 p.m.
Broadcast at 7:00 p.m.