We Shall Not Be Moved


Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 8:00pm - Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 8:00pm
The Wilma Theater 265 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
United States

A profound statement on the legacy of race

On the run after a series of tragic incidents, five North Philly teens find refuge in an abandoned, condemned house in West Philadelphia at the exact location that served as headquarters of the MOVE organization, where a 1985 standoff with police infamously ended with a neighborhood destroyed and 11 people dead, including five children. This self-defined family is assuaged and even inspired by the ghosts who inhabit this home and begin to see their squatting as a matter of destiny and resistance rather than urgent fear.

This World Premiere chamber opera by Daniel Bernard Roumain, an acclaimed composer and performer whose work defies genre, and librettist Marc Bamuthi Joseph, an arts activist known for spoken‐word performance, is “ambitiously interdisciplinary,” according to Bill T. Jones, the celebrated director, choreographer, dramaturge, and dancer. Combining spoken word, contemporary movement, video projection, classical, R&B and jazz singing, and a brooding, often joyful score filled with place, purpose, and possibility, We Shall Not Be Moved is a timely exploration of past and present struggles which suggests an alternate future through the eyes of its young protagonists.

World Premiere
Music by Daniel Bernard Roumain
Libretto by Marc Bamuthi Joseph
American Repertoire Program
Performed in English with English supertitles

Sat, Sep 16, 8:00 p.m.
Sun, Sep 17, 8:00 p.m.
Mon, Sep 18, 8:00 p.m.
Thu, Sep 21, 8:00 p.m.
Sat, Sep 23, 8:00 p.m.
Sun, Sep 24, 8:00 p.m.

Event Type: 
GlobalPhilly 2017 events
Arts and Culture