The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA), inspired by the Kimmel Center, propels the City’s arts and cultural scene onto the world stage with a multi-tiered three-week festival.  Dozens of international artists join more than 140 Philadelphia arts organizations to celebrate Paris 1910-1920 and its spirit of collaboration, innovation, and creativity.  PIFA’s newly commissioned works and emerging art forms, along with traditional performances of classic and popular works, will engage residents and visitors, arts enthusiasts and newcomers alike.

From April 7 – May 1, PIFA brings together the best of what Philadelphia’s arts and culture community has to offer.  As a special offer to the members of the Young Professional Network, PIFA would like to extend a 15% discount to the following shows. Please use the promo code ‘YPN’ at checkout or at the box office:

  • Title: Heaven

Name of Group or Artist: Rennie Harris Puremovement

Date(s) and Time(s): Friday, April 15, 7:30 pm; Saturday, April 16, 2:30 and

7:30 pm; Sunday, April 17, 2:30 pm

Venue: Perelman Theater

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

            300 South Broad Street

Description:

Rennie Harris Puremovement, the world-renowned dance company founded by hip-hop ambassador Rennie Harris, presents the most intricate work of his choreographic career. Harris has created a new work inspired by Stravinsky’s masterpiece Rite of Spring, rethinking how shared cultural vocabularies in dance and music cross generations and cultural divides. Complete with 15 dancers, Japanese motifs, and multimedia anime that includes an innovatively designed lighting installation and live music, Heaven reflects on the emergence and popularization of hip-hop dance.

  • Title: ?uestlove of THE ROOTS with Keren Anne

Name of Group or Artist: ?uestlove and Keren Anne

Date(s) and Time(s): Sunday, April 17, 8:00 PM

Venue: Verizon Hall of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

            300 South Broad Street

Description:

An unconventional drummer, DJ, and producer, ?uestlove launched to stardom as a member of Grammy® winning band The Roots. He is internationally recognized for his expressive style, infused with hip-hop and multicultural elements. ?uestlove has collaborated on dynamic projects with musical artists spanning every genre—from pop to Broadway—including Christina Aguilera, John Mayer, Jay-Z, and Iggy Pop.  Catch ?uestlove’s spin on Paris of 100 years ago as he joins forces with surprise special guests!

  • Title: Remember Paris

Name of Group or Artist: Thierry Escaich (Organ) Emmanuelle Delpech-Ramey, Geoff Sobelle, Nicole Canuso, and Giles Boustani

Date(s) and Time(s): Saturday, April 16, 3:00 pm

Venue: Verizon Hall

            Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

            300 South Broad Street

Description:

Admired by The Diapason as “an improviser of genius,” international organist Escaich is renowned for his concert work as well as his brilliant compositions. Escaich and acclaimed director Delpech-Ramey musically and theatrically re-create Paris from 1910 to 1920, aided by Boustani’s inventive projections of historic images and dreamlike reimaginings of the city of lights. A man and a woman, played by two silent actors, poignantly transport audiences back to a Paris embodied by decadence and eroticism, by artistic daring and the devastations of war.

  • Title: Les Nubiens

Name of Group or Artist: Les Nubiens

Date(s) and Time(s): Thursday, April 21, 8:30 PM

Venue: Perelman Theater

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

300 South Broad Street

Description:

Grammy® Nominated international recording artists Les Nubians have intrigued audiences for almost a decade with their inventive and glamorous Afropean style. This distinctive sound embodies the timeless vibrations of Miriam Makeba, Ella Fitzgerald, Doudou N’diaye Rose, Fela Kuti, Edith Piaf, The Fugees, and Soul II Soul. Recognized for their colorful auras, Les Nubians’ vogue is a fusion of Funkin’ Fashion and Modern Amazon. Adoring fans pay tribute to the French/Cameroonian sister duo for their continuous flow of jazzy nuances, hard hitting drum ‘n’ bass lines, harmonious melodies, conscious proclamations and humanitarian endeavors.

  • Title: Imaginary City

Name of Group or Artist: Sō Percussion

Date(s) and Time(s): Saturday, April 23, 7:30 PM

Venue: Perelman Theater

Description:

Since coming together at the Yale School of Music in 1999, Sō Percussion has been creating music that is simultaneously both raucous and touching, barbarous and refined. The ensemble’s Imaginary City is a meditation on the sound, architecture, light, and color of urban life. Sō Percussion’s sound explorations combined with the theater direction of Pulitzer-nominated director and playwright Rinde Eckert captures unexpected facets of the everyday sights and sounds of Philadelphia.

  • Title: Hope: An Oratorio

Name of Group or Artist:

Jonathan Leshnoff (composer); Angelique Kidjo, David Linx, Jessica Rivera, and Jason Collins (soloists); Pennsylvania Girlchoir Mendelssohn Club Chorus (choruses); Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia (musicians)

Date(s) and Time(s): Sunday, April 24, 3:00 pm

Venue: Verizon Hall

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

            300 South Broad Street

Description:

PIFA has commissioned Jonathan Leshnoff, one of the nation’s most exciting young composers, to write a sacred work that will feature texts from a variety of spiritual and worldly sources, sung in several languages. The work receives its world premiere on April 24.

We also want to direct your attention to free programming that you won’t want to miss.  Throughout the month-long Festival, there will be daily performances in the lobby of the Kimmel Center, free wine tastings, and a spectacular lighting of the Eiffel Tower at 7:00 and 10:00 PM.  Additionally, on Saturday, April 30 check out Broad Street from Chestnut to Lombard for the PIFA Street fair from 11:00 am – 8:30 pm.  The Avenue of the Arts will be transformed into a Parisian street scene with French street vendors and performers, a grass park with a children’s area, musical entertainment all day long, and a giant Ferris Wheel, all culminating with a breathtaking routine by La Compagnie Transe Express performing 100 feet in the air!
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