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March 7 – 10, 2019
Harold Prince Theatre
PLA Presents
World Premiere // Co-Commission // Philadelphians Series

What does freedom sound like in confinement? In the world premiere of Vessels, seven women explore the transcendental possibilities of music during the Middle Passage. Set in an interactive, sculptural environment that invokes those infamous ships, this interdisciplinary, speculative history work explores singing as a survival tool.

Check out the suggested readings and playlist from Vessels' creators!

About the Vessels Experience:

Vessels is a ritual performance; when you arrive you will encounter an altar in the lobby, and practitioners who will be tending it. They will provide a spiritual bath/mist consisting of herbs and essential oils to ground everyone's energy before entering the performance space. 

Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early to experience the pre-show performances in the lobby area. 

When the house opens for seating, you will note that in addition to the regular Annenberg Center theatre seating, Vessels has two set pieces with risers and wood benches. If you are able and comfortable, we encourage you to seat yourself on these benches for the most immersive experience. 

Also, please note that Vessels has one small strobe effect in the third movement.
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Each performance is followed by an experiential, interactive processing space.

Artist Information
Program Notes [PDF]

The presentation of Vessels was funded in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Theatre Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Support for Vessels has been provided by The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation.

Vessels is a National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network (NPN/VAN) Creation & Development Fund Project co-commissioned by Junebug Productions in partnership with Annenberg Center Live and NPN/VAN. The Creation & Development Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). For more information: npnweb.org.

Photo credit: Melisa Cardona