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Where We Lost Our Shadows (part of DIRECT CURRENT)

Sunday, March 31, 2019 5:00 PM

DIRECT CURRENT The Human Journey

This U.S. premiere incorporating orchestra, video, and soloists recognizes and depicts the timeless struggle of human migration and its many effects, while celebrating the resilient human spirit that instigates and survives it. Incorporating Qawwali raga and texts by Palestinian poet Ghassan Zaqtan, it is the creation of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Du Yun and Palestinian videographer Khaled Jarrar, who discuss their work together in a post-concert talk.

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Music by Du Yun
Film by Khaled Jarrar

Don't miss the U.S. premiere of Where We Lost Our Shadows, a piece for orchestra, video, and soloists that recognizes and depicts the timeless struggle of human migration and its many effects, while celebrating the resilient human spirit that instigates and survives it. Incorporating Qawwali raga and texts by Palestinian poet Ghassan Zaqtan, it is the creation of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Du Yun and Palestinian videographer Khaled Jarrar, who discuss their work together in a post-concert talk.

Co-commissioned by the Kennedy Center with Carnegie Hall, the American Composers Orchestra, London’s Southbank Centre, and Cal Performances, this timely new video oratorio will be performed by vocalists Helga Davis and Ali Sethi, with Shayna Dunkelman on percussion and Joseph Young leading the Peabody Modern Orchestra. Young also conducts two shorter orchestral works by female composers, opening the program with Starburst by Jessie Montgomery and Four Marys by Pulitzer Prize winner Julia Wolfe.

Performance Timing: 70 minutes, with no intermission, followed by a 30-minute post-show talk with the artists.

Part of DIRECT CURRENT, the Kennedy Center's two-week celebration of contemporary culture

This event is part of The Human Journey,collaboration between the Kennedy Center, National Geographic Society, and the National Gallery of Art. The Human Journey invites audiences to investigate the powerful experiences of migration, exploration, identity, and resilience through the lenses of the performing arts, science, and visual art.