Hosted by Jonzi D
, hip-hop artist, educator, and Director of Breakin' Convention in England, this showcase of hip-hop dance features gravity-defying and quick-fire moves by Project Soul Collective
from South Korea, Companhia Urbana de Dança
from Brazil, Decadancetheatre
from Brooklyn, and Rennie Harris Puremovement
from Philadelphia. The Project Soul Collective, also known as Project Korea, is an all-star cast and group made up of top Korean b-boys and artists first put together in 2002 by the Cartel Creative B-Boy Agency. Companhia Urbana de Dança Artistic Director Sonia Destri Lie "has dissected hip-hop and dismantled its trickery…to show how the dance form…could enter into the realm of art" (The New York Times
). A 2012 "Outstanding Emerging Choreographer" New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) nominee, Decadancetheatre has been redefining the image of women in hip-hop since 2004. The New Yorker
calls "the pioneering all female hip-hop group…a fearless coalition of b-girls." Founded in 1992, Rennie Harris Puremovement's work encompasses rich and diverse African American traditions of the past while simultaneously presenting the voice of a new generation and sharing their enthusiasm for hip-hop dance theatre. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.
(Please note that Sebastien Ramirez and Honji Wang, who were previously scheduled to take part in this program, will be unable to participate due to extenuating circumstances.)Companhia Urbana de Dança (CUD) is presented in cooperation with Dance Place. This tour of CUD is made possible through Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, with in-kind support from SESC RIO and Centro Coreográfico da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro, and additional support from the National Performance Network's Performing Americas Program, with lead funding provided by the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
Performance Timing: 90 minutes, with NO intermission.