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

Date: 30th June 2018

Time: 7:30pm

Location: Barbican Theatre

Forthcoming events | June

Date: Saturday 30 June – BSL-interpreted performance
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Barbican Theatre
More info & Booking link: www.barbican.org.uk

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 host of local special guests, New York’s Mac has created a Pulitzer Prize-nominated, once-in-a-lifetime, immersive performance in a quest to chronicle how communities grow stronger as they are being torn apart.

Charting the years 1776–1806, he asks the audience to conspire with him to reimagine rebellions, revolutions, triumphs and tragedies. Bawdy pub songs, sea shanties and subversive anthems are rearranged as musical mash-ups to take on a chapter of the defining early years of America’s history. The New York Times critic has described it as ‘one of the greatest experiences of my life’.

A 24-Decade History of Popular Music: The First Act is part of our 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.

Part of LIFT 2018, a London-wide festival of international performance taking place throughout June 2018.

Approximately 3 hours/no interval
The audience is invited to enter and exit at liberty during the performance

Age guidance 16+. May contain nudity.

Presented by the Barbican and LIFT 2018.
Produced by Pomegranate Arts and Nature’s Darlings.