Guy Mendilow Ensemble, Forgotten Kingdoms – Sand Stories

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History and emotionality collide as theatrically projected sand animation, a riveting live musical score, and radio-theatre stories bring to life snapshots of multi-ethnic splendour of the former Ottoman Empire, obscured by world wars and mass migrations.

The Forgotten Kingdom evokes a travelogue through an unraveling Mediterranean world at the turn of the 20th century, glimpsed in settings of Ottoman Sephardi women’s songs portraying the visceral, personal experience of ordinary people caught up in revolutionary dramas.

Kseniya Simonovacreates, morphs and obliterates recorded sand imagery, crafting flowing narratives and set-pieces for Guy Mendilow Ensemble’s live storytelling and music. The sweeping, cinematographic score draws on traditional tunes, techniques, and tales but in elegant arrangements and radical reframing. The bittersweet rawness of Tango, gorgeous vocal harmonies and the rhythmic fire of classical Arabic percussion intensifies the emotionality of Western classical music. The projected sand follows the live musical and narrative performance, like a play.  

Audiences traverse breathtaking landscapes of sand, from cosmopolitan ports like Salónica to Balkan countrysides. In an adventure that“explodes with artistry, refinement, and excitement,” (Hebrew Union College, OH) The Forgotten Kingdom moves audiences with questions about struggles we too face today.

Times and dates for in-person performances are subject to change based on local and state health regulations.

PROGRAM

INFORMATION ………………………

  • April 3, 2022
  • Show starts at 6pm
  • The Performing Arts Center at Garrett College
  • Adult Tickets: $30
  • Students & Children free with paying adult
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