The Boston Foundation recently awarded Guy Mendilow Ensemble a Live Arts Boston grant in support of Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom’s Animation Expansion
The Guy Mendilow Ensemble’s internationally-touring performance, Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom sparks fascination for Sephardic communities that were decimated in WWII through evocative storytelling and music. The semi-theatrical production recasts traditional Ladino songs and stories, sweeping up audiences in a new wartime tale of adventure, courage, loss and, ultimately, hope. With the support of the Boston Foundation’s Live Arts Boston (LAB), the Guy Mendilow Ensemble will commission an international animation team to add sand animation and digital shadow animation to deepen the production’s impact, strengthen the show’s continuity and broaden its audience reach by animating select segments and adding animated digital set-pieces behind the narration and music. Additional support includes funding from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Art Works. To learn more about Forgotten Kingdom, go to guymendilowensemble.com/tales-from-the-forgotten-kingdom
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"An international tour de force” (Bethlehem Morning Call) from Israel, Palestine, Argentina and the USA, the Guy Mendilow Ensemble operates on the notion that incredible stories and emotionally sweeping experiences can do far more than just entertain. They can spark the fascination that motivates people to care beyond their day-to-day. With this premise in mind, the Guy Mendilow Ensemble combines world-class musicianship with cinematic storytelling in shows that “explode with artistry, refinement, and excitement” (Hebrew Union College), conjuring voices lost to war and upheaval, whisking audiences to distant times and picturesque places and, ultimately, inspiring the motivation to explore lesser known cultures and histories. for more information about the Guy Mendilow Ensemble, visit guymendilowensemble.com/about