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Sandaya: Burmese Lessons is the first production in Alliance for New Music-Theatre's Radical Transformations Series. The multi-media play is based on composer Kit Young's experiences living abroad, and features performances by Burmese and Burmese-American artists.
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  Sandaya: Burmese Lessons is the first production in Alliance for New Music-Theatre's Radical Transformations Series. The multi-media play is based on composer Kit Young's experiences living abroad, and features performances by Burmese and Burmese-American artists.

Jul. 10-21: Sandaya: Burmese Lessons
You can learn about the cultural artistry and recent socio-political climate of Myanmar in Sandaya: Burmese Lessons, which will be previewed tonight, opens tomorrow night at 8 and runs through July 21 at Atlas Performing Arts Center in Northeast. The play follows a young American pianist trying to learn the Burmese language and a unique piano style called “sandaya”. But cultural barriers aren’t the only impediments she faces, as she and others must tip-toe around a tyrannical government that’s always watching. The performance includes Burmese dance, drumming, puppetry, and music.

Jul. 10-Aug. 3: The Unfolding
When artist Mary Eggers returned from a spiritual journey in South-East Asia, she began painting the people and scenes she witnessed there. The Unfolding, a series of paintings depicting the faces of Bhutan, India and Nepal, is on view at Waverly Street Gallery in Bethesda through August 3. There will be a reception this Friday from 6 to 9 p.m.

Music: “burmese circle drums virtuoso (pat Waing)” by Myanmar Pyi Kyauk Sein

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