Alan Hovhaness, Halim El-Dabh, 1962

This poster was made for a performance of A Concert of New Music by composers Alan Hovhaness and Halim El-Dabh on February 19, 1962. For his portion, Hovhaness performed his works that had never been played anywhere before, including “Dawn at Laona Opus 153” and “Persephone Opus 154.” El-Dabh performed his three piano works “Arabiyaat,” “Misriyaat,” and “Ifriqiyaat,” which each expressed different sounds from various cultures and languages, including Arabic dance rhythms, African drumming, and harp-like sounds from the Egyptian Nile area. At the time this advertisement was printed, the theatre was located at 6th Avenue and 14th Street in Manhattan.

Founded in 1947, The Living Theatre is the oldest operating experimental theatre in the US, located in New York City. The Living Theatre was established by Judith Malina and Julian Beck as an alternative to commercial theatre. During the 1950s and early 1960s, the theatre provided a platform for poetic drama stagings such as Stein’s work, that otherwise did not exist in New York at the time. Since its origination, The Living Theatre has staged close to one-hundred productions in twenty-eight countries on five different continents.


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