Lineup for One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide at Kennedy Center Announced
From March 27 to April 13, 2014, the Kennedy Center, in collaboration with Hi-ARTS, producers of the Hip-Hop Theater Festival, presents One Mic: Hip- Hop Culture Worldwide, a festival celebrating this American art form and highlighting the original four elements of hip-hop culture: MCing, DJing, b-boying, and graffiti writing. Through ticketed and free performances and exhibitions this festival shines a spotlight on International Artists who use hip-hop to transform their communities, as well as local artists and activists from D.C.'s hip-hop community, and celebrates a master of the craft who continues to influence audiences and artists of the global hip-hop culture.
Hip-hop has spread from its multi-ethnic origins in the urban youth culture on the streets of 1970s New York City to an art form that has put down roots in communities across the globe. One Mic brings together artists from around the world and across disciplines to highlight the evolution of hip-hop, which has united people the world over and helped shape the discourse of popular culture.
The festival will open with the NSO Pops performing Illmatic with American rapper Nas, featuring music from his acclaimed 1994 debut album. The festival also provides a national stage
for the emerging art of hip-hop theater with performances of Marc Bamuthi Joseph's red, black & GREEN: a blues (rbGb) and readings of new hip-hop theater works by selected participants of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) playwriting competition. Breaking Form: global urban contemporary dance highlights an impressive lineup of hip-hop dance artists from across the globe, and the KC Jazz Club hosts the Revive Big Band in a performance blending hip-hop, R&B, and sampled jazz recordings. Hip-hop theater performers will fuse spoken word with funky beats and dances for Fresh Noise: A Mashup of Youth Voices, a production for young audiences directed by Monica Williams. Graffiti exhibitions will be created and displayed in two separate off-site locations throughout the duration of the festival.
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