Mann Center for the Performing Arts

Updated
1 Dec 2016

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Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, Ravel: Landscape or Portrait. Photo by Paul B. Goode.

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The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, performance by The Philly Pops. Photo by Jordan August Photography.

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Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, "Analogy/Ambros: The Emigrant." Photo by Andrew Jernigan.

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Firebird: Reimagined at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts. Photo by Jordan August

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Firebird: Reimagined at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts. Photo by Jordan August

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo in Firebird: Reimagined at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts. Photo by Jordan August.

The Mann Center for the Performing Arts presents a diverse range of programming in a beautiful park setting. The organization was awarded Center support for 2014's Philadelphia Freedom Festival, inspired by 19th-century African American civil rights pioneer Octavius Catto, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act's passage. The project's centerpiece was the world premiere of a 20-minute work by noted composer and Pew Fellow Uri Caine. In 2015, the Mann received Center support for a multidisciplinary interpretation of Igor Stravinsky's composition for the 1910 ballet The Firebird, featuring The Philadelphia Orchestra, Grammy Award-winning South African vocal ensemble Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and larger-than-life puppets by Janni Younge of South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company. A 2018 Center grant has supported the Mann’s co-commissioning and presentation of The Deep Blue Sea, an evening-length work from the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company exploring the relationship between the individual and the larger community and bringing 100 professional and local amateur performers to the Mann’s outdoor stage.