Taylor Mac: A 24-Decade History of Popular Music: Part I

2 Jun 2018
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Merriam Theater, 250 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102


Taylor Mac, A 24-DECADE HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC, “Decade 3 (1796-1806).” Photo by Teddy Wolff.


Taylor Mac, A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, “Decade 12 (1886-1896).” Photo by Teddy Wolff.


Taylor Mac, A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, “Decade 11 (1876-1886).” Photo by Teddy Wolff.

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts will present the Philadelphia premiere of Taylor Mac’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated performance work A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, over two weekends in two distinct 12-hour parts, June 2 and 9. Presented as part of the 2018 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, the June 2 performance will cover 12 decades from 1776-1896, while the June 9 performance will close the festival with the remaining 12 decades, from 1896–Present. Tickets can be purchased individually for the two 12-hour parts, or audience members can purchase the full 24 hours to see the work in its entirety.

Hailed by The New York Times as a “sublime” production about “artistic confrontation, reinterpretation, and personal transcendence,” the show includes hundreds of popular songs from 1776 to the present, along with original text that highlights critical moments in the nation’s history: from the Civil War and California Gold Rush to the Great Depression and Women’s Liberation Movement. Audience members become active participants in a 240-year journey through US history, and Philadelphia artists will join the production.