In mythology, folklore, epic poems and the oldest extant literature, metamorphosis (or shape shifting) has long been present. It remains a common trope in modern fantasy, children’s literature, and works of popular culture. The shaman and the showman both have pondered the mystery and magic of metamorphosis. This most profound act of change can emerge beyond the scientific explanation to reveal a metaphor of growth, evolution, and inspiration.
With a multilayered musical and visual tribute to the past, present and future, the Blue Devils present their 2017 program Metamorph. From a California community of rhythmical dreamers to a global brand of music and motion, the Blue Devils take flight from a cocoon of history and imagination. Metamorph resonates with music by composers such as Peter Graham and Simon Dobson and, at its heart, the prophetic “Everything Must Change” by Bernard Ighner. Metamorph rises in an upward trajectory of reflection and revelation.
As the Blue Devils organization celebrates its diamond anniversary, the transformation unfolds as a feast of memories and exploration. The creativity and excellence of 60 years is a vast legacy of incredible performers and the ascension of a drum and bell corps to Drum Corps International’s most honored ensemble. Showcasing 150 talented performers, the 2017 Blue Devils travel the United States shifting shape and sound through the discovery and artistry of Metamorph.
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