Alliance for New Music-Theatre kicks off their new performance series in July with the Washington, DC premiere of Sandaya: Burmese Lessons. The collaborative performance explores the culturally rich artistry and complexity of the long troubled and still struggling Myanmar. Conceived by Susan Galbraith and Kit Young with Chaw Ei Thein, the piece features a talented and dynamic roster of artists including Thein, U Yin Htwe, Meghan McCall, Kyal Thee, U Tun Kyi, Erle Taylor aka Ko Than Win, and Myanmar Pyi Kyauk Sein. This new work sheds light on recent social and political events and brings a heightened awareness to Myanmar and its people.
Sandaya : Burmese Lessons traces the journey of a young American pianist as she learns Burmese language and unique piano style (sandaya). Her story captures her relationships with a Burmese performance artist and her piano teacher, as all three become caught up in the struggle between artistic expression and tyranny. The multi-media performance also features Burmese dance, drumming, and puppetry, and music by composer Kit Young as it tells a contemporary tale of the resiliency of a culture and its artists.
July 11 to 21, 2013 Thursday thru’ Sunday at Atlas Performing Arts Center