Created and choreographed by Debbie Allen
A WORLD PREMIERE KENNEDY CENTER COMMISSION
Produced by the DEBBIE ALLEN DANCE ACADEMY and presented in association with
SULTAN QABOOS CULTURAL CENTER OF OMAN
Emmy winner and Kennedy Center favorite Debbie Allen
is back with OMAN…O Man!
, a world premiere Kennedy Center commission presented in association with the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center of Oman
. Created and choreographed by Allen, this ground-breaking, dance-driven extravaganza explores the culture of Oman. It features young Omani performers collaborating with their peers from Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. to original music composed by Grammy-winning trumpeter Arturo Sandoval
At the center of the work are two young men--one Omani, another American--who meet at a military academy with cadets from all over the world. Though similar in age, these roommates don't really understand each other. However, through music, movement, song, and dance, they take a magical journey together and discover the similarities and the differences between their two cultures, and learn much about each other. OMAN…O Man!
will transport you from where the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea meet to where the desert dunes mystify, from the ancient past to the immediate present.
From Pepito's Story, Brothers of the Knight,
to Dancing in the Wings, Dreams
, and Alex in Wonderland
, Allen's imaginative productions for the Kennedy Center are always sold-out hits.
Age 9 and up. Performance timing: 76 minutes, without intermissionPart of ARABESQUE: Arts of the Arab World