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US Premiere Tour of The Forgotten Kingdom - Sand Stories

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2019 at 12:00AM

Bailey Hall at Broward College

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US Premiere Tour of The Forgotten Kingdom - Sand Stories

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2019 at 12:00AM

Davie, FL , United States of America

Artist Kseniya Simonova


Mendilow Ensemble


US Premiere Tour of

Forgotten Kingdom - Sand Stories

29-November 12, 2019

international sand artist Kseniya Simonova partners with the
Guy Mendilow Ensemble (GME) to present the U.S. Premiere tour
of The Forgotten Kingdom - Sand Stories
from October 29 - November 12, 2019 through the United


The Forgotten Kingdom, Simonova creates, morphs and
obliterates sand imagery in real-time, crafting a captivating and
soulful narrative of Sephardi women's stories lost to war, driven by
the Ensemble's evocative music and radio-theatre-style storytelling.


the course of the evening, audiences travel through breathtaking
landscapes of sand. With English narration and orchestration, the
show renders both heart-wrenching and humorous scenes of daily life
in Mediterranean communities from World War I and the Ottoman
Empire's collapse all the way to World War II. Referencing democratic
hopes crushed by fascist regimes that cloaked entire communities in
fear and oblivion, The Forgotten Kingdom links the
past to the present, stirring powerful questions about struggles and
dilemmas with which we continue to grapple today.


women's stories offer up perspectives that we deeply need right now,"
said Guy Mendilow. "These stories offer a personal inkling of
what it was like to live through the upheaval of those times - what
happens to ordinary people, to families. These women's voices have
been historically excluded from the conversation, and it feels
important to listen now."


winner of "Ukraine's Got Talent" (with 40 million+ views
for her semifinal video), and recently featured in "America's
Got Talent: The Champions" (with 100 million+ views of the
Golden Buzzer host Terry Crews)," Kseniya Simonova has performed
in more than 70 countries. The tour marks her US performing arts
stage debut.She developed her signature sand animation technique by
sifting volcanic sand through her hands over a lightboard.


In The
Forgotten Kingdom,
 GME underscores the action with a
broad musical palette. The emotionality of Western classical music is
intensified by the bittersweet rawness of Tango, gorgeous vocal
harmonies and the rhythmic fire of classical Arabic percussion.


is a great honor for me to perform with Guy Mendilow Ensemble in The
Forgotten Kingdom
," said Kseniya Simonova. "This is my
first big performance in America since 'America's Got Talent:
The Champions' and it is a new experience for me to perform an
evening-length piece. When I was creating the sand stories for this
project, I was blown away by the beauty of the songs and I think
the way they come to life is powerfully moving, wherever you come
from and whether or not you already know these cultural communities
and what they faced."



Oct 29 - Bailey Hall, Davie, FL

Oct 30-31 - Strand Theatre,
Rockland ME

Nov 1 - onSTAGE at CT College, New
London CT

Nov 2 - Stockbridge Theatre,
Derry, NH

Nov 7 - Mayerson Jewish Community
Center, Cincinnati, OH

Nov 8 - Maltz Performing Arts
Center, Cleveland, OH

Nov 9 - ECC Arts Center, Elgin, IL

Nov 12 - Harris Center, Folsom, CA


can be purchased online or at the box office at each venue. 


more information, visit


isa sand artist, and winner of "Ukraine's
Got Talent." She creates beautiful and touching stories with her
sand animation, alongside her work as a graphic artist, illustrator,
and film director. Kseniya has performed her sand animation shows all
over the world in more than 70 countries. She was invited
to show her art before Royalty and Presidents, among them are
the Royal Family of Thailand, Queen of Denmark, Princess
of Denmark, Royal Family of Morocco, Royal Family of
Bhutan, members of Royal Family of Great Britain, Royal
Family of Bahrain, and also Presidents of Malta, Poland,
Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkey and many others. The most
respected stages of the world have embraced her art - from
the Special Olympic Games closing ceremony in Athens to YouTube
to the Symphony Orchestra Gala at the Sydney Opera house. Her
beautiful sand animation became a staging act for Ukraine
on Eurovision Song Contest, helping Ukrainian singer Mika Newton
achieve 4th place in the Grand Final.


radio drama-style stories into a top flight world music concert, the
Guy Mendilow Ensemble is "an international tour de force"
(Bethlehem Morning Call) from the Middle East, South and North
America. GME combines musicianship with cinematic storytelling,
transporting audiences to distant times and picturesque places,
conjuring voices lost to upheaval, to spark personal connections with
stories of ordinary people living through extraordinary moments of


bring audiences into these moments, the Ensemble draws on traditional
tunes, techniques, and tales in elegant arrangements and radical
reframing. The Ensemble (whose core artists include Guy Mendilow,
Sofia Tosello, Tareq Rantisi, Andy Bergman, and Chris Baum) is
honored to be the recipient of multiple funding awards from the
National Endowment for the Arts, The Boston Foundation, the New
England Foundation for the Arts, and Western Arts Alliance on the
basis of its artistry, cultural preservation, and the strengthening
of communities through the arts. Distinguished educators, the
Ensemble specializes in residency work and community engagement. The
Ensemble is an artist-in-residence with Celebrity Series of Boston's
Arts for All since 2014 and designs custom residencies for
performing arts organizations across North America.


of the Guy Mendilow Ensemble are on the faculties of music schools
such as the Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music in India and tour/record
with the likes of Bobby McFerrin, Yo-Yo Ma, Snarky Puppy, the Assad
Brothers, Christian McBride, the Video Game Orchestra, Amanda Palmer
and Simon Shaheen. Formed in 2004, the Ensemble is based in Boston,
MA and New York, NY.


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