Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
A screening of WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED on Independence Mall. We ask: "For whom America the beautiful?" in the shadow of the Liberty Bell.
A screening of WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED on Independence Mall. We ask: "For whom America the beautiful?" in the shadow of the Liberty Bell.
229 backers pledged $25,188 to help bring this project to life.

About

Share Free Opera with Philadelphia: Opera on the Mall project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$25,188

229

What is Opera on the Mall?

Each year, Opera Philadelphia hosts Opera on the Mall, a free opera screening attended by thousands of people in Philadelphia’s Independence National Historical Park. In 2017, more than 6,000 people attended, including many families introducing their children to opera for the first time, with picnic baskets, lawn chairs, and blankets in tow. 

photo by HughE Dillon
photo by HughE Dillon

This year, we need your support to hold this signature event. Upon the success of this Kickstarter campaign, we will show an HD screening of We Shall Not Be Moved at Opera on the Mall on Saturday, September 29, 2018. We strongly believe that this work should be shared with the Philadelphia community. 

Excluding recording and production expenses, Opera on the Mall costs a minimum of $160,000. We have secured $135,000 from corporate and individual supporters. We need your help to raise the last $25,000 to put us over the top and bring We Shall Not Be Moved to Opera on the Mall!

About WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED

Combining spoken word, contemporary dance, video projection, and classical, R&B, and jazz singing with a brooding, often joyful score, We Shall Not Be Moved tells the story of five North Philadelphia teens on the run. Their confrontation with a local police officer, Glenda, rises from the enduring ashes of the Philadelphia Police Department's 1985 bombing of the MOVE compound in West Philadelphia, and raises timely questions about national identity, race, gender, the failure for some in the public education system, and personal responsibility.

This powerful opera was conceptualized more than five years ago, when Haitian-American composer Daniel Bernard Roumain was inspired by the poems of Philadelphia High School students who participated in Opera Philadelphia’s Hip H’opera program. Hip H'opera was a collaborative project in partnership with Art Sanctuary, which encourages students to tell their stories via music, words, hip-hop, and opera. From this poetry, the idea for the opera was born. Opera Philadelphia premiered We Shall Not Be Moved during our O17 festival in September 2017. This poetic, interdisciplinary chamber opera draws on the collective talents of composer Roumain, Haitian-American spoken word artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph, and peerless director, choreographer, and dramaturge Bill T. Jones

Why Do We Need You?    

Opera on the Mall is free to the public and costs Opera Philadelphia at least $160,000 to produce. Costs include:

  • A/V and equipment rental such as screens, speakers, generators, electricity, and live image magnification ($83,000)
  • Event logistics and labor ($43,000)
  • Supertitle (captions) production and supertitle screens ($7,500)
  • Event costs such as permits, insurance, and supplies ($6,500) 
  • Marketing expenses including advertising, printing, signage, program, photography, space rental, and cleaning fee ($20,000)

As a Kickstarter backer, your support will go directly towards making this free, open-to-the-public event possible for thousands to enjoy.

The Creative Team of We Shall Not Be Moved

Daniel Bernard Roumain, Bill T. Jones, and Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Daniel Bernard Roumain, Bill T. Jones, and Marc Bamuthi Joseph
 

The Composer: Daniel Bernard Roumain's acclaimed work as a composer and performer spans more than two decades, and has been commissioned by artists and institutions worldwide. “About as omnivorous as a contemporary artist gets” (The New York Times), DBR is perhaps the only composer whose collaborations traverse the worlds of Philip Glass, Bill T. Jones, Savion Glover, and Lady Gaga. Known for his signature violin sounds infused with a myriad of electronic and urban music influences, DBR takes his genre-bending music beyond the proscenium. He has been nominated for an EMMY for Outstanding Musical Composition for his work with ESPN; featured as keynote performer at technology conferences; and written large scale, site-specific music for public parks.

The Librettist: Marc Bamuthi Joseph is a curator of words, ideas, and protagonists. His bold poetically-driven work investigates social issues and cultural identity. He is a steadfast believer in empathy as the most valuable currency in building community, and seeks to spark curiosity and dialogue about freedom, compassion, and fearlessness through pioneering arts stewardship and education. A 2017 TEDGlobal Fellow, Bamuthi graced the cover of Smithsonian Magazine as one of America’s Top Young lnnovators in the Arts and Sciences. He is an inaugural recipient of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship, which annually recognizes 50 of the country’s greatest living artists. Dance Magazine named him a Top Influencer in 2017.

The Director, Choreographer & Dramaturg: Bill T. Jones is a multi-talented artist, choreographer, dancer, theater director, and writer who has received honors ranging from the Human Rights Campaign’s 2016 Visibility Award, 2013 National Medal of Arts to a 1994 MacArthur “Genius” Award and Kennedy Center Honors in 2010. Inducted into the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2009, Mr. Jones's ventures into Broadway theater resulted in a 2010 Tony Award for Best Choreography in the critically acclaimed FELA!, the new musical he co-conceived, co-wrote, directed, and choreographed. He also earned a 2007 Tony Award for Best Choreography in Spring Awakening as well as an Obie Award for the show’s 2006 off-Broadway run. His choreography for the off-Broadway production of The Seven earned him a 2006 Lucille Lortel Award.

The extraordinary cast includes Lauren Whitehead as Un/Sung; Kirstin Chávez as Glenda; John Holiday as John Blue; Daniel Shirley as John Little; Adam Richardson as John Mack; Aubrey Allicock as John Henry; Michael Bishop; Duane Lee Holland, Jr.; Tendayi Kuumba; and Caci Cole Pritchett as the OGs. We Shall Not Be Moved was conducted by Viswa Subbaraman.

About Opera Philadelphia

Opera Philadelphia is dedicated to embracing innovation and developing opera for the 21st century. We Shall Not Be Moved exemplifies our three-pronged mission: 

  • Delivering outstanding productions of traditional and new repertoire that engage our public and propel our genre forward 
  • Identifying extraordinary artists, both established and emerging, and provide opportunities for them to create their most imaginative and inspired work 
  • Presenting innovative programming relevant to the multi-cultural Philadelphia region that broadens and diversifies the opera audience

Opera Philadelphia is a registered 501 (c)(3) nonprofit.

photo by Dominic M. Mercier
photo by Dominic M. Mercier

Rewards

Check out a sampling of the rewards you will receive as a contributor to the campaign:

Pledge $25 - Your name will be included as part of the thank-you slideshow on the screen at Opera on the Mall before the opera begins.
Pledge $25 - Your name will be included as part of the thank-you slideshow on the screen at Opera on the Mall before the opera begins.
Pledge $100 - Receive a limited-edition Opera on the Mall tote bag.
Pledge $100 - Receive a limited-edition Opera on the Mall tote bag.
Pledge $250 - Receive an 18"x24" commemorative Opera on the Mall poster, printed on durable, archival paper.
Pledge $250 - Receive an 18"x24" commemorative Opera on the Mall poster, printed on durable, archival paper.
Pledge $500 - Enjoy lawn chair seating and a picnic dinner for two on the Mall.
Pledge $500 - Enjoy lawn chair seating and a picnic dinner for two on the Mall.
Pledge $1,000 - Receive an invitation to a private Friends and Family performance of T-VOCE (Teen Voices of the City Ensemble).
Pledge $1,000 - Receive an invitation to a private Friends and Family performance of T-VOCE (Teen Voices of the City Ensemble).
Pledge $2,500 - Receive a high-quality photo from the original production of WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED signed by Director Bill T. Jones.
Pledge $2,500 - Receive a high-quality photo from the original production of WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED signed by Director Bill T. Jones.
Pledge $5,000 - Receive a printed commemorative libretto signed by composer Daniel Bernard Roumain and librettist Marc Bamuthi Joseph.
Pledge $5,000 - Receive a printed commemorative libretto signed by composer Daniel Bernard Roumain and librettist Marc Bamuthi Joseph.

Risks and challenges

Opera on the Mall is an outdoors event in Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia. We have reserved the space for Saturday, September 29 however, as with all outdoor events, we are subject to the whims of Mother Nature. In the event of inclement weather, a rain date will be announced.

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge US$ 10 or more About US$ 10

    Your name on our website

    We'll include your name on our list of supporters on the Opera on the Mall webpage.

    Fully tax-deductible.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    24 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    Your name on the Big Screen

    Your name will be included as part of the thank-you slideshow on the screen at Opera on the Mall before the opera begins. Set up your spot on the lawn, sit back, and relax!
    We'll also send you a specially designed WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED thank-you postcard.

    Fully tax-deductible.

    Includes:
    • Listing on Opera on the Mall screen and website
    • Thank-you postcard
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    61 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    Let us take you behind the scenes

    Get ready for the screening with access to behind-the-scenes videos, photos, and educational resources that explore the world of WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED.

    Fully tax-deductible.

    Includes:
    • Behind-the-Scenes Digital Packet
    • Listing on Opera on the Mall screen and website
    • Thank-you postcard
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    31 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $80 or more About $80

    Carry Opera on the Mall with you

    We'll send you a limited-edition Opera on the Mall tote bag.

    Tax deductible portion: $75

    Includes:
    • Limited-edition tote bag
    • Behind-the-Scenes Digital Packet
    • Listing on Opera on the Mall screen and website
    • Thank-you postcard
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    12 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Happy Hour with O18 artists

    Join us for the Festival O18 Happy Hour in September with select Festival artists.

    Tax deductible portion: $95

    Includes:
    • Happy Hour Invitation
    • Limited-edition tote bag
    • Behind-the-Scenes Digital Packet
    • Listing on Opera on the Mall screen and website
    • Thank-you postcard
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    26 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    Turn your support into wall art

    We'll send you a limited-edition Opera on the Mall poster to commemorate our screening of WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED. This matte, museum-quality poster is printed on durable, archival paper. 18"x24".
    Your name will be printed in our list of supporters in the Opera on the Mall program.

    Tax deductible portion: $235

    Includes:
    • Limited-edition poster and tote bag
    • Listing on Opera on the Mall screen, website, and program
    • Happy Hour Invitation
    • Behind-the-Scenes Digital Packet
    • Thank-you postcard
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    5 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    Picnic on us!

    We'll have lawn chair seating and a picnic dinner for two ready for you on the Mall.
    You'll also receive an invitation for two to a Festival O18 final dress rehearsal.

    Tax deductible portion: $445

    Includes:
    • Lawn chair seating and picnic meal
    • Invitation to O18 final dress rehearsal and to O18 Happy Hour
    • Limited-edition poster and tote bag
    • Listing on Opera on the Mall screen, website, and program
    • Behind-the-Scenes Digital Packet
    • Thank-you postcard
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Hear from our student artists

    Receive an invitation to a Friends and Family performance of T-VOCE (Teen Voices of the City Ensemble).
    We'll also send you a high-quality photo of the Opera on the Mall production you made possible.

    Tax deductible portion: $945

    Includes:
    • Invitation to T-VOCE program, O18 dress rehearsal, and Happy Hour
    • Opera on the Mall photo, and limited-edition poster and tote bag
    • Lawn chair seating and picnic meal
    • Listing on Opera on the Mall screen, website, and program
    • Behind-the-Scenes Digital Packet
    • Thank-you postcard
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500

    Written for you

    Lauren Whitehead, spoken word artist and WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED cast member, will write a personalized poem or haiku for you or a friend.
    You'll also receive a high-quality photo from the original production of WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED signed by Director Bill T. Jones.

    Tax deductible portion: $2,445

    Includes:
    • Poem by Lauren Whitehead and photo signed by Bill T. Jones
    • Invitation to T-VOCE program, O18 dress rehearsal, and Happy Hour
    • Opera on the Mall photo, and limited-edition poster and tote bag
    • Lawn chair seating and picnic meal
    • Listing on Opera on the Mall screen, website, and program
    • Behind-the-Scenes Digital Packet
    • Thank-you postcard
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    Signed Commemorative Libretto

    You'll receive a printed commemorative WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED libretto signed by composer Daniel Bernard Roumain and librettist Marc Bamuthi Joseph.

    Tax deductible portion: $4,945

    Includes:
    • Signed WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED libretto
    • Poem by Lauren Whitehead and photo signed by Bill T. Jones
    • Invitation to T-VOCE program, O18 dress rehearsal, and Happy Hour
    • Opera on the Mall photo, and limited-edition poster and tote bag
    • Lawn chair seating and picnic meal
    • Listing on Opera on the Mall screen, website, and program
    • Behind-the-Scenes Digital Packet
    • Thank-you postcard
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (31 days)