MCLA Presents! 2015 - 2016 Season
At A Glance:
Featuring contemporary dance, improvisational theater and music from around the globe, MCLA Presents! is back with a fresh lineup of genre-defying innovators.
This season reflects the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of contemporary performance with projects that bring together multiple disciplines and genres, from Williamsbug Salsa Orchestra’s arrangements of indie-rock tunes, to Tunisian born vocalist and songwriter Emel Mathlouthie’s melding of rock, trip-hop and electronica, all interlaced with classical Arabic tradition.
From salsa, to dance, to singer-songwriters, to improvisational theater, the 15-16 MCLA Presents! season brings together a diverse roster of Artists all of whom incorporate a mutli-genre or interdisciplinary aspect to their work.
In addition to performances by Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra and Emel Mathlouthi, this season will feature performances by Bridgman | Packer Dance, Jazz pianist Josh Nelson’s The Discovery Project, alternative pop singer DEQN Sue, Vermont singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell and Bojana Novakovic’s Blind Date Project.
Emel Mathlouthi | March 31, 2016 | 7:30PM | Church Street Center
Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra | September 12, 2015 | 3PM | MCLA Quad | Co-sponsored by ALANA
Bridgman | Packer Dance, TRUCK | September 24, 2015 | 7PM | Downtown | Co-sponsored by DownStreet Art
The Discovery Project | October 16, 2015 | 7:30PM | Church Street Center
DEQN Sue, Margaret A Hart '35 Scholarship Concert | November 6, 2015 | 7:30PM | Church Street Center
Anais Mitchell | December 4, 2015 | 7:30PM | Church Street Center
Blind Date Project | February 5 & 6, 2016| 7PM & 9PM | Hops & Vines | Co-sponsored by Williams College
Thursday March 31, 2016 | 7:30pm | MCLA Church Street Center
Tunisian vocalist, songwriter and guitarist Emel Mathlouthi captivates hearts and minds with the story of HER Tunisia. The dark years as a young rebel and dissenter, the strife of being a female musician and the dual love and suffering that came from longing for home while living in a free country.
In 2007, the Tunisian singer, guitarist, and composer, Emel Mathlouthi, fled the home country that banned her songs and moved to France. There, she further developed a repertoire that vented a yearning for freedom. With lyrics provided by Amin El Ghozzi, she wrote and performed "Kelmti Horra" ("My World Is Free"), which ultimately went viral on social media and became an anthem of the 2010 Arab Spring
Emel gained attention when her song “Kelmti Horra (My Word is Free)” was adopted by the Arab Spring revolutionaries and soon became like an anthem throughout the regions. "I never dreamed that my songs would be sung on the streets," she says. "For more than 50 years, we have been ruled by dictators. We aren't used to deciding for ourselves... but the revolution is not finished."
Why we ♥ Emel Mathlouthi:
Whether she's singing Bjork's "All is Love," Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" or her own lush compositions, Tunisian singer, songwriter, and composer Emel Mathlouthi intricate sound demands your attention.
Whether you understand her words or not (Emel sings primarily in Arabic), her emotive and plaintive voice transcends language.Moving between rock, trip-hop and electronica - all interlaced with classical Arabic tradition - her delicate and rousing songs express love, suffering and longing for home in a deeply confessional style that verges on sacred Sufi music.