Speakeysie News Desk

ATLANTA-April 8, 2022


Written by Adam Koplan and Andrew Nemr Music by Or Matias
Direction by Adam Koplan
Performed and Choreographed by Andrew Nemr Original Production Design by Rob Harari
APRIL 28-30 at 8pm

THE FLYING CARPET THEATRE in partnership with ART FARM AT SERENBE presents “Rising To The Tap” – tap virtuoso Andrew Nemr’s breath-taking solo show. Audiences journey through the dramatic departure of Andrew’s parents from war-torn Lebanon, to his victimization at the hands of bullies during his childhood in New Jersey, to his eventual mentorship under legendary tap greats Jimmy Slyde, Savion Glover and Gregory Hines leading to a radical new understanding of himself and his own identity. Described as “A masterly tapper” by The New York Times, Andrew Nemr is considered one of the most diverse tap dance artists today. He’s a TED Fellow with credits that include performances at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, and The Apollo, Andrew uses musically explosive footwork to underscore this ‘feel everything’ tour-de-force disguised as a one-man tap cabaret – “TOP 10 Dance Performances of 2017!” – The Huffington Post.

April 28th – April 30th at 8:00pm
Buy your tickets HERE!

The Inn at Serenbe Pavilion 10950 Hutchesons Ferry Rd
Chattahoochee Hills, GA 30268
COSTS OF TICKETS: Gen. Admission: $40.00

Students & Seniors: $15
(please be prepared to show your student ID or state-issued ID for the appropriate Discount)
For student or senior discounts, please enter promo code: Student15 for $15 off the ticket price. For students, please be prepared to show your student ID or state-issued ID for Senior Discount.

Andrew Nemr (Performer, Co-Creator) Mentored by Gregory Hines, Andrew is an international artist, teacher, and speaker. His work spans the music, dance, theatre, and visual arts worlds, exploring art as a vehicle for storytelling and community building. The co-founder of the Tap LegacyTM Foundation, Inc., Andrew’s work has been recognized with numerous awards including a TED Fellowship, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and residencies with Google/TiltBrush. Andrew has performed alongside the likes of Nat Adderley, Jr., Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Harry Connick Jr., the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, and the legendary Les Paul. He has taught and performed in Tokyo, Taipei, Hong Kong, London, Edinburgh, Barcelona, Berlin and across the United States.

Or Matias (Musical Director, Co-Creator) most recently has worked with the multi-platinum Trans Siberian Orchestra, Sting, violin virtuoso Amadeus Leopold, songstress Rachael Yamagata, and tap dancer Andrew Nemr, alongside countless others. His touring has taken him to New Zealand, Australia (Melbourne Festival), Germany, Kosovo, and all over the US. As a composer, Or is currently working on a new musical adaptation of The Wave, the 1967 experiment which turned an entire school into a fascist movement in just five days. His full length musical, Rules of Play, was workshopped in NYC, directed by Jonathan Bernstein. In September of 2014 his music was featured in a sold-out show in New York City’s Joe’s Pub. Or recently served as Music Director and conductor of the highly acclaimed pop-opera Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812.

Adam Koplan (Director and Co-Creator) is a writer/director and the founding artistic director of The Flying Carpet Theatre Company. Under Adam’s leadership, the company has premiered 12 productions and toured over a dozen states and across Europe. Recent: World premiere of The Dancing Handkerchief- a collaboration between Adam, Robert Lopez, and Geoff Sobelle at Theatrical Outfit. 1001 Nights which he co-wrote with Robert Lopez (Frozen, Ave. Q), played at NY’s Atlantic Theater. 1001 Night’s debut at Center for Puppetry Arts won two prestigious Suzi awards for excellence in Atlanta theatre. Last year, his Alpin Hong: Chasing Chopin appeared Lincoln Center as part of their Meet the Artist series as well as played for over 4000 people across the US. In addition to his work with Flying Carpet, Adam ran the performance programs

at The Dreamyard Project for 7 years, training and overseeing a dozen teaching artists in residencies in New York City public schools.
About Flying Carpet Theatre Company: We make plays that use time honored stage traditions — vaudeville, puppetry, stage magic, etc. — to tell stories about big ideas. Using inventive staging to conjure timeless stories, the Flying Carpet Theatre (FCT) transports audiences to unexpected places, where they can experience our modern world from a fresh vantage. Incorporated in 2003 and based in New York City, FCT has created and premiered seven award-winning productions. They have presented work in New York and Atlanta, their second home. On tour, they’ve been to 12 states and to cities such as Boston, St. Louis, Philadelphia, New Haven, Phoenix, as well as to Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Dublin and Prague. Adam Koplan, artistic director, founded the company after spending formative time at Playwrights Horizons and Jacques Lecoq’s Ecole Internationale de Theatre.
By merging contemporary American story-driven drama and European physical theater, FCT presents strong narratives with imagination-rich acting. Productions draw from the well of staged entertainments-vaudeville, clowning, puppetry, dance, stage magic- to devise new works that delight, inspire, and challenge audiences. With each production, FCT offers rich educational content that deepens audience experience of the work and its themes. FCT seeks to partner with larger institutional theaters and plays that originated at Flying Carpet Theatre have been seen at Lincoln Center, The Atlantic Theater, Center for Puppetry Arts, and Theatrical Outfit among others.
This project has been generously supported by NYC’s Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the CUNY Dance Initiative.

About Art Farm at Serenbe: Art Farm at Serenbe celebrates artistic excellence with an emphasis on programming experienced in outdoor places. We value the perspectives and contributions of all people and are committed to being an inclusive organization that welcomes and respects everyone. We meet these objectives by developing and maintaining state-of-the-art facilities for diverse performances and artist residencies. We are an arts incubator cultivating meaningful partnerships for programming, learning and outreach while respecting the lifestyle of the greater community and with care for the natural environment.

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