Mass Robert Battle
Ella Robert Battle
Untitled America Kyle Abraham
The Winter in Lisbon Billy Wilson
An incredible high energy program that is enjoyable from beginning to end -- for one night only at the Royal Theatre! Robert Battle’s Mass is inspired by Verdi’s Requiem, deconstructing the vocal chorus. Performed to John Mackey’s percussion score.
In Battle’s Ella, two dancers try to match the manic virtuosity of Ella Fitzgerald, as heard in her mind-blowing recording of ‘Airmail Special.’
Kyle Abraham’s Untitled America features haunting music and raw interviews with ex-convicts and their families; an unflinching look at the impact of the prison system on African-Americans.
The Winter in Lisbon by Billy Wilson is a “heartfelt tribute to Dizzy Gillespie, a riot of color and rhythm” (The New York Times), on the occasion of the centennial of the late, great jazz trumpeter and composer.