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  • Posted 05 May 2018

    A 24-Decade History of Popular Music: The First Act


    Taylor Mac


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    The New York Times


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    The Guardian

    This event was part of LIFT 2018

    Fabulous and fearless, Taylor Mac reframes the social history of America through three decades of song in this no-holds-barred extravaganza of music, art, activism and hugely entertaining mass ritual.

    Joined onstage by a 24-piece orchestra and a host of local special guests drawn from London’s own performance community, New York’s Taylor Mac created a Pulitzer Prize-nominated, once-in-a-lifetime performance in a quest to chronicle how communities grow stronger as they are being torn apart.

    Charting the years 1776–1806, Mac asked the audience to conspire together to reimagine rebellions, revolutions, triumphs and tragedies. Bawdy pub songs, sea shanties and subversive anthems are rearranged as musical mashups to take on a chapter of the defining early years of America’s history.

    Dates: Thu 28 – Sat 30 June 2018

    Watch Taylor Mac sing Amazing Grace

    Presented by LIFT and the Barbican, produced by Pomegranate Arts and Nature’s Darlings with support from Sharon Karmazin.
    This engagement is supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Howard Gilman Foundation.
    Part of the Barbican’s 2018 Season, The Art of Change, which explores how artists respond to,
    reflect and can potentially effect change in the social and political landscape. Find out more here.

    Creative Team:
    Conceived and Co-Directed by Taylor Mac
    Musical Direction by Matt Ray
    Co-Direction by Niegel Smith
    Costumes by Machine Dazzle
    Lighting by John Torres
    Dramaturgy by Jocelyn Clarke
    Produced by Pomegranate Arts and Nature’s
    Darlings: Linda Brumbach, Executive Producer and
    Alisa Regas, Associate Producer

    Photography by Little Fang and Sarah Walker