BAM Presents Three Nights Of Electrifying Hip-Hop And Spoken Word Performances
BAM presents Word. Sound. Power. 2020: Border/less, its 16th annual celebration of spoken word and hip-hop. Following the success of last year's sold-out performances, an additional night is added to the concert lineup. The three-night showcase features a stunning roster of groundbreaking poets, musicians, and dancers who demonstrate the vitality of hip-hop and spoken word. Artists include emcees Nejma Nefertiti, Circa '95, and Dizzy SenZe; poet Peggy Robles-Alvarado; internationally acclaimed Dutch choreographer and dancer Nedda Sou; musician Robotron; and DJ Reborn. The highly anticipated showcase will take place on April 23-25 at BAM Fisher.
"Every year, Word. Sound. Power. brings the dopest artists from around the world to BAM in the spirit of artistry and activism. These artists are known for pushing back against the barriers of race, nationality, and identity through their music, movement, and message," said BAM Education Manager and co-curator of Word. Sound. Power., Mikal Amin. "This year's showcase offers the full force of hip-hop and is an example of how powerful and wide-ranging the artform can be. Word. Sound. Power. 2020 artists will create and perform around this year's theme [Border/less], which is as much about breaking free as it is about coming together."
Hosted by acclaimed hip-hop artist Baba Israel, this year's Word. Sound. Power. showcase features performances inspired by stories of inclusion and displacement centered around the timely question, what if everywhere could be home? Using the transformative power of rhythm and poetry (RAP), the artists will explore stories about the differences that shape us, the borders that divide us, and how to break barriers. Joining the artists will be select student poets from Brooklyn public schools, including Teachers Preparatory High School, Brooklyn School for Music and Theater, Brooklyn Preparatory High School, Brooklyn High School for the Arts, and the High School for Innovation in Media. The student poets all participated in BAM's Brooklyn Reads in-school residency program designed to build students' literacy through creative writing, poetry analysis, and individual performance.
Tickets for Word. Sound. Power. 2020: Border/less go on sale February 25 for the general public (February 18 for members). Visit bam.org/literary/2020/word-sound-power for more details on tickets.