November 15th & 16th, 2019 at 7pm
Regent Street Black Box
George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater
Salt Lake City, Utah
On sale: 8/30/2019 at 10am.
Xiré (she-reh) is a folkloric adventure featuring an original score of incendiary Afro-Brazilian rhythms and dance combined with the smooth sound of traditional chamber orchestra and mixed vocal quartet. Featuring talented local Soprano, Emily Nelson.
Xiré is a Yorùbá word that means “dance” or “dance circle.” In Brazil it is used to describe the songs and dances of the Orixá (o-ree-sha), nature spirits found in West African and African diasporic culture. With the forced movement of Africans to Brazil by Portuguese colonizers, the Orixá traveled also to the New World. The Orixá and their wealth of tradition have continued to thrive to today – despite centuries of stigma and oppression – as an integral part of Brazil’s vibrant culture and artistic legacy.
This artistic program will take audiences on a journey visiting sixteen unique Orixás. Brown has paired Afro-Brazilian Candomblé rhythms with a traditional classical aesthetic – string quintet and vocal quartet – to blend both African and European influences with ancient and modern expressions. Brown’s compositions will be augmented by dancers performing creative and contemporary movement inspired by each Orixá and rooted in nature.
Come enjoy this unique, creative blend of culture, sound, and movement on November 15 & 16 at 7:00pm the Eccles Blackbox Theater. The evening will open with an optional pre-show “Talk Forward” – a chance to hear from the composer and choreographer, starting in the theater’s lobby at 6:15. In this “Talk Forward,” Brown and Hansen will speak about the process of creating Xiré and give insight into the show’s rhythms, melodies, lyrics and dances, exploring their meaning and significance inside the rich traditions that inspired this concert.
Run time: ~90 minutes plus a 10-minute intermission.
Recommended for ages 8 and up. No babes-in-arms. All patrons require a ticket regardless of age.