Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait

Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait

8 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2020 | Polsky Theatre

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'Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait' was commissioned by Duke Performances at Duke University. The piece premiered at Duke's Reynolds Industries Theater on Friday, March 20, 2015.

Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait offers a unique and touching glimpse of a bygone vision of America. Acclaimed musician Jenny Scheinman and her trio perform an original score of folk songs and field sounds live over H. Lee Waters's Great Depression film vignettes, Movies of Local People, masterfully reassembled by film director Finn Taylor. The films are of regular people going about their lives—mill workers streaming out of factories, a mother and daughter dancing on a dirt road, an old man reading a war-time headline, children racing in slow motion toward a huge wooden teeter totter. Scheinman's music pairs with these images for a beautiful, bittersweet, sometimes breathtaking emotional journey.