Skirt the Wall

oppkc1-2September 29th and 30th 2016

Kennedy Center

Millennium Stage North

Free Event, Limited Seating

Original Music composed by Daniel Mancini and played live by Mancini and local musicians Oliver Mertz and Andrew C. Oppenheim


Emily Ames, Terra Bergamy, Chelsea Boyd Brown, Kate Folsom, Sadie Leigh, Juliana Mascelli, Patricia Mullaney-Loss, and Sarah Beth Oppenheim


Amber Lucia Chabus, Merissa Collins, Eva Gonzàlez, Isabella Leah Hayes, Dee Dee James, Erin Lenahan, Grace Okpali, and Nicole Sneed

oppkc1back-1Drawing inspiration from significant events in JFK’s presidency including the Commission on the Status of Women, Civil Rights Legislation and the tumultuous social and congressional climate, the excitement and science of the race to the moon, and JFK’s July 1963 request to Congress to abolish the quota system of immigration, Sarah Beth Oppenheim and her company Heart Stück Bernie will create a 50-minute work for the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage accompanied by original music and sound score by local musicians Andrew C. Oppenheim, Daniel Mancini, and Oliver Mertz. With her signature quirky-luscious dance, intimate audience performance art, and dynamic blend of highbrow and lowbrow zeitgeist ingredients, Heart Stück Bernie invites audience members to wield powerful choice, embody creative problem solving, and experience the viscera of political movement; not unlike the ’60s and President John F. Kennedy’s great call to action when he asked the American people what they could do for their country.