Last night I was lucky enough to see Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s new production The Break/s, part of this year’s Hip-Hop Theater Festival, which I can’t recommend highly enough. It was brilliant, funny, and moving – the layers and complexity of the narrative was as tight as the live drumming, beat-boxing and turntablism behind it. More info below:
The break/s is a high energy, line crossing, boundary-breaking performance inspired by Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, Jeff Chang’s 2005 American Book Award winner which captures the creation of Hip-Hop as a local, political and artistic movement. the break/s explores the artist’s emergence in a time of Hip-Hop globalization and trans-nationalism. It is one man’s journey to find himself amid what family, society, and history have told him he is, or should be.
This multidimensional and multimedia performance piece features Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s full range of movement, method and word. It explores Joseph’s travels from Port-au-Prince to Paris, Tokyo to Minneapolis while emphasizing a synthesis between performer, score, and projected image that puts Hip-Hop culture into personal, historical and political perspective. For a little taste of what all this looks like, click here. Clip from a performance presented by University of Wisconsin Madison’s Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives, video by Greg Landau.
Catch it at The Skirball Center for Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square South :: NY September 25, 26 & 27. Open Caption show, September 25. Post-performance discussion, September 25 ASL-interpreted show, September 26
Tickets are $40, $25 with HHTF Insider code, HHTF08 or $12 for NYU Students. More info: 212.352.3101