Kimmel Center Hosts International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY)

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Series of FREE Kimmel concerts geared toward Youth in the Plaza, Jan. 23-24


The Kimmel Center hosts the International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) Showcase 2015 to perform a series of FREE concerts in the Plaza, Jan. 23-24, geared toward exposing unforgettable and enriching theatrical experiences to youth.


WHAT: The Kimmel Center is proud to host IPAY, an annual gathering of international theater groups presenting all forms of theatre, music, dance, circus, puppetry to youth (ages 2 to 13+). Theater groups world music and dance H’SAO (Canada), Ants from Polyglot Theatre (Australia), Another Little Dance from Hetpaleis (Belgium) are part of the line-up of FREE performances.


IPAY invites students to experience IPAY Showcase 2015 in the Kimmel’s Commonwealth Plaza, Jan. 23-24. Limited seats are available on a first come, first serve basis.  To book student group tickets, contact Showcase Coordinator, Samantha Tower, by phone (609) 477-3173 or email Please include name, organization, # of students, age group, desired performances.


IPAY schedule at the Kimmel Center Plaza:


Friday January 23:

  • H’SAO (FREE @ the Kimmel, Plaza, 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.): World music and dance Canadian group are virtuosi of a cappella music with singers drawing inspiration from gospel and traditional African music, especially that of their Canadian roots, with pop, soul, jazz and R&B influences. (age range 10+)


Performing professionally since 2011, H’SAO began as an a cappella group, later incorporating drums, bass, keyboard, and guitar. They have released three albums and are currently working to produce an acoustic album. Their latest record, Oria, was nominated at the Gala de l’ADISQ for World Music Album of the Year. All songwriters, H’SAO features brothers Caleb, Izra L., Mossbass, and their longtime friend Dono.


  • Recess Monkey (FREE @ the Kimmel, Plaza, 4:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.): U.S. based family-friendly theater group  present interactive Tambourine Submarine, complete with a dance floor, sing along opportunities of well-crafted pop gems, and an octopus that tells knock-knock jokes. (age range 2-10)


Named “breakout stars” of Seattle by Time Magazine, Recess Monkey features the musical talents of Drew Holloway, Jack Forman, and Korum Bischoff. “Recess Monkey just keeps turning out album after album with pop nuggets, as if we’d just discovered that the Beatles had recorded a ton of kids music 40+ years ago,” (, Stefan Shepherd).


Saturday, January 24

  • Polygot Theatre (FREE @ the Kimmel, Plaza, 10:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.): Australian theater group presents Ants, bringing human-sized ants into public space for a mix of roving performance and large scale interaction. Crumb for crumb, Ants is an interactive performance that allows children to participate in beautiful, wavering lines, and a transforming landscape with constantly changing patterns. (ages 2 -12 years)

From Australia’s Polyglot Theatre march the Ants, an unspoken communication where children join the colony, helping the Ants to collect food. Creating the project “is Australia’s leading creator of experiential, interactive and installation theatre for children and families, encouraging kids to turn the simplest things into extraordinary creations.” First touring of Ants took place in 2012.


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Additional IPAY engagements in Perelman Theater:

  • Hetpaleis (Perelman Theater, Jan. 23,  11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.) Belgian dance performance of Another Little Dance provides preschoolers and parents with an interactive garden party, and plenty of jumping up and falling down, pushing, pulling, and teasing as children play under tables wearing their prettiest shoes and best trousers. (Ages 4+)


  • Green Thumb Theatre (Perelman Theater, Jan. 24, 3:45 p.m. to 4:35 p.m.) tagged presents the harsh realities of cyber bullying as an officer investigates Jerri and Webber, two young adults, in the incessant online harassment of a fellow student with the potential for harm that exists between social media and young minds. (age range 13+)

If you go:

The performances will be held at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, on the Commonwealth Plaza Stage, Perelman Theater. The theater is located at Broad and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia, Pa.



About the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, The Kimmel Center’s mission is to operate a world-class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience through diverse programming, arts education, and community outreach. The Kimmel Center campus is comprised of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, SEI Innovation Studio, and the Merck Arts Education Center), the Academy of Music (owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association), and the University of the Arts Merriam Theater. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is the season sponsor of The Kimmel Center’s 2014-2015 Season.  American Airlines is the official airline of Broadway Philadelphia. For additional information, visit



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