Onstage at Annenberg Center:
The Dance of Two Cultures and a Duel in Black and White

While the Broadway-bound Forever Tango is winning raves at the Annenberg Center's Zellerbach Theatre, the Center's companion showcase, the Harold Prince Theatre, is getting set for the world premiere of Bare Knuckle. And soon will come the Whirling Dervishes of Turkey.

Tango, created by the cellist Luis Bravo, is here for a limited run (through February 2) after breaking San Francisco touring musical box office records with a 92-week run.

Tracing the tango's colorful history since its beginnings in turn-of-the century Buenos Aires are a cast of 25 performers with an 11-piece string and piano orchestra anchored by the bandoneón, an accordion-like instrument. Bravo calls the tango "more than just a dance --it is also a music, a culture, a way of living." For more information and tickets call the box office at 898-6791 or 336-2000 or visit the website: www.showgate.com/tango for programs, profiles, reviews, photos and more.

Bare Knuckle, directed by Eugene Nesmith, runs January 23 through February 9 at the Hal Prince. The play by Art Becker is set in a Texas jail in 1901 where young Jack Johnson, who became the first African-American Heavyweight Champion, battled a seasoned white boxer in a fight for dignity and power.

The production is part of the Philadelphia Festival Theatre for New Plays.

There will be free beer-tasting before the January 28 performance and Talk Backs after the preview performances on January 23-26. For information call the box office: 898-6791.

Dervishes: After Tango leaves Zellerbach, twelve Whirling Dervishes of Turkey arrive for a one-night performance sponsored by the Threshold Society of Brattleboro, Vermont, on February 3. With them is the Mevlevi Ensemble, conducted by Dogan Ergin with Kani Karaca as vocalist and reciter of the Koran. The 700-year-old tradition of the Whirling Dervishes combines religious meditation with intricate choreography and scoring. The performance is at 8 p.m. Tickets ($24, $16/students) are available at the Annenberg box office: 898-6791.

Lectures Leading Up to the Dance: In anticipation of the Annenberg Center appearance of the Whirling Dervishes on February 3, Penn's Turkish Student Association is sponsoring two free lectures on January 30.

The Ecology of the Masnawi: Nature in the Poetics and Metaphysics of Mawlana; Linda Clark, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; noon; West Lounge (Room 421), Williams Hall.

Structure and Development of the Whirling Dervish Ceremony; Walter Feldman, Asian and Middle Eastern Studies; 4:30 p.m.; Bowl Room, Houston Hall.


Volume 43 Number 18
January 21, 1997

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