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The Millennium Stage Local Dance Commissioning Project (LDCP) supports the local dance community by nurturing the creation of new dance work and presenting that new work to a wide audience via the Millennium Stage, the Kennedy Center's free daily performance series. Learn More

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[Photo from the  April 19, 2014 performance.] April 19, 2014 - Watch this Performance view the performance
Comedian Gary Gulman takes the stage with opener Nik Oldershaw. With a host of television appearances, Gulman has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, Showtime Presents Gary Gulman, and his own Comedy Central one-hour special Gary Gulman: Boyish Man.
Featured Artist(s): Gary Gulman
[Photo from the  April 18, 2014 performance.] April 18, 2014 - Watch this Performance view the performance
Vocal Arts DC presents a recital featuring soprano Natalie Conte and baritone Matthew Morris, winners of its Young Artist Competition, accompanied by pianist Dr. R. Timothy McReynolds with spoken commentary by Elizabeth Daniels.
Featured Artist(s): Vocal Arts DC
[Photo from the  April 17, 2014 performance.] April 17, 2014 - Watch this Performance view the performance
National finalists of the KCACTF Ten-Minute Play Award present their original works, including Bread by Michael Yichao, A’nat Dittni by Tearrance Chisholm, Pass the Lingonberries by Nick Carr, Eskimo Pie by Stephanie Brownell, and a selection from Decision Height by Meredith Dayna Levy. IN THE TERRACE THEATER
Featured Artist(s): Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival
[Photo from the  April 16, 2014 performance.] April 16, 2014 - Watch this Performance view the performance
The Michael Kanin Playwriting Awards Showcase features scenes from a range of award-winning plays. IN THE TERRACE THEATER
Featured Artist(s): Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival
[Photo from the  April 15, 2014 performance.] April 15, 2014 - Watch this Performance view the performance
Comprised of teaching artists Betsy Hinkle, Jason Amos, Marjorie Gere, and Michael Dahlberg, the group plays a concert as part of a day of remembrance for the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.
Featured Artist(s): Boston Public Quartet
[Photo from the  April 14, 2014 performance.] April 14, 2014 - Watch this Performance view the performance
Joining forces in 2010, London-based duo Native Sun blends hip-hop and African rhythms with the aim of promoting a positive message of universal peace, equality, social justice, and environmental change. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.
Featured Artist(s): Native Sun Nomadic Wax
[Photo from the  April 13, 2014 performance.] April 13, 2014 - Watch this Performance view the performance
The Drum Call showcases the international roots of hip-hop music, from the traditional drum to contemporary electronic rhythm machines, via collaborations and solo creations from drummer Kiran Gandhi (M.I.A., Thievery Corporation), all-female percussion group Batala, and noted beatmakers Asma Maroof, Hezekiah, and Arsonal. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.
Featured Artist(s): Asma Maroof Kiran Gandhi Hezekiah Arsonal Batala
[Photo from the  April 12, 2014 performance.] April 12, 2014 - Watch this Performance view the performance
At 6 p.m., b-boys and b-girls demonstrate their skills in circles and give lessons. Competing for cash prizes, the dance battle’s preliminary rounds begin at 7 p.m. with the final rounds beginning at 8 p.m. The battle, hosted by Silver Spring, Maryland lyricist Trus Real and New York b-boy Kwikstep, includes judges such as hip-hop artist Narumi from Japan, DC area b-boy Toyz aRe Us, and pioneering New York b-girl Rokafella with DJ Fleg and DJ RBI on the turntables. Interested in competing? Registration is at the Kennedy Center in the Grand Foyer beginning at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 12.  Registration will close promptly at 3:30 p.m. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.
Featured Artist(s): DJ Fleg Kwikstep Narumi Rokafella Trus Real Toyz aRe Us
[Photo from the  April 11, 2014 performance.] April 11, 2014 - Watch this Performance view the performance
This presentation of two U.S. regional dance street crews showcases the hip-hop dance prowess of Da Originalz from Washington, D.C. and the "Queen of Krump" Miss Prissy from Los Angeles. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.
Featured Artist(s): Miss Prissy Da Originalz
[Photo from the  April 10, 2014 performance.] April 10, 2014 - Watch this Performance view the performance
This presentation of two U.S. regional dance street crews showcases the hip-hop dance prowess of the FootworKINGz from Chicago and the “bonebreaking” style of NextLevelSquad from Brooklyn. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.
Featured Artist(s): FootworKingz NextLevelSquad
[Photo from the  April 9, 2014 performance.] April 9, 2014 - Watch this Performance view the performance
This concert, presented in cooperation with Georgetown University as part of their Faith, Culture, and the Common Good initiative, features artists of diverse faiths—MCs Talib Kweli, Jin, Poetic Pilgrimage, AmKoullel, The Narcicyst, and Mandeep Sethi and DJ Boo—in a performance showcasing interreligious diversity and tolerance through the hip-hop lens. Please join us for a short post-show discussion immediately following the performance. Free tickets will be distributed two (2) per person in line on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, at the entrance to the Hall of Nations, beginning at 5 p.m. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide. IN THE EISENHOWER THEATER
Featured Artist(s): Russell Simmons Talib Kweli
[Photo from the  April 8, 2014 performance.] April 8, 2014 - Watch this Performance view the performance
Iraqi Canadian musician, actor, multimedia artist, and activist The Narcicyst has shared his work worldwide, blending traditional Arab sounds with hip-hop. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.
Featured Artist(s): The Narcicyst Nomadic Wax
[Photo from the  April 7, 2014 performance.] April 7, 2014 - Watch this Performance view the performance
The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival presents Blood at the Root, an award-winning hip-hop theater work by Dominique Morisseau, in the Kennedy Center Atrium. The work is inspired by the “Jena Six,” a group of young black men in Jena, Louisiana, charged with attempted murder after assaulting a white student at Jena High. The commissioned work was written for the acting company Stori Ayers, Brandon Carter, Allison Jaye, Tyler Reilly, Kenzie Ross, and Christian Thompson, and is directed by Steve Broadnax, the head of Penn State’s Graduate Acting program. Please note: This performance contains explicit language. Free tickets will be distributed two (2) per person in line on Monday, April 7, 2014, in the States Gallery, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide. IN THE ATRIUM
Featured Artist(s): Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival
[Photo from the  April 6, 2014 performance.] April 6, 2014 - Watch this Performance view the performance
From Montreal, Canada, Nomadic Massive, the multi-lingual, multi-cultural group of performers and skilled musicians, creates open-minded hip-hop inspired by traditions of the past, most notably live instrumentation and a wide range of vocal styles. Please note: This concert contains explicit language. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.
Featured Artist(s): Nomadic Massive Nomadic Wax
[Photo from the  April 5, 2014 performance.] April 5, 2014 - This performance is not available for viewing.

The multi-talented visionary, DJ, founder, and CEO of Black Girls Rock!, Beverly Bond collaborates with the Kennedy Center to present Rock Like a Girl, a signature Bond-Vision Media™ production that celebrates women’s contributions to the art and culture of hip-hop. The program includes performances by a diverse group of female artists from around the world, including legendary rap artist MC Lyte, critically acclaimed lyricist Jean Grae, Grammy Award–winning violinist Miri Ben-Ari, French Chilean MC Ana Tijoux, North Carolina MC Rapsody, a special appearance by the multi-talented Grammy Award–winning MC, singer, and song-writer Ms. Lauryn Hill, and other special guests! D.C.’s own all-girl go-go band, Be’la Dona, serves as the house band with DJ Beverly Bond on the ones-and-twos. Together, these women show what it means to “rock like a girl.” Please join us for a post-show discussion with artists, academics, and activists that encourages dialogue and analysis of the ways women of color are portrayed in the media. Please note: This concert contains explicit language. A limited number of free tickets will be distributed two (2) per person in line on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the entrance to the Hall of Nations, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide. IN THE CONCERT HALL
Featured Artist(s): Rapsody Ana Tijoux MC Lyte Jean Grae Lauryn Hill Be'la Dona Miri Ben-Ari Black Girls Rock! Beverly Bond
[Photo from the  April 4, 2014 performance.] April 4, 2014 - This performance is not available for viewing.

Jonzi D, artistic director of Breakin’ Convention Hip-Hop Festival, in partnership with Sadlers Wells Theater in the UK, offers his solo hip-hop dance work The Letter, which explores the responses to him being offered an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire). Please note: This performance contains explicit language. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.
Featured Artist(s): Jonzi D
[Photo from the  April 3, 2014 performance.] April 3, 2014 - Watch this Performance view the performance
Remember the booklet that came with your music vinyl, CD, or cassette? Where you could discover influential genres and personal statements of artistic expression? In the age of digital downloads, collide with hip-hop’s past and present when dynamic performer/lyricists Paige Hernandez and Baye Harrell and jazz vocalist Akua Allrich join the The Corner Store Jazz Trio for a unique multimedia experience. This event is curated by B-FLY Entertainment in partnership with the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.
Featured Artist(s): B-Fly Entertainment One Mic Creative Ecosystem
[Photo from the  April 2, 2014 performance.] April 2, 2014 - Watch this Performance view the performance
The Creative Ecosystem’s Youth Leadership Committee invited local DC metro area youth to present their response to the question “Whose world is this?” based on the iconic Nas track “The World is Yours” through a series of open mic styled performance showcases from January through March.  Youth were able to present their response through poems, monologues, raps and song.  Live DJs will accompany this performance featuring the winners from the three competitions.  This event is presented in collaboration with DC Youth Slam Team and FRESHH, Inc. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.
Featured Artist(s): One Mic Creative Ecosystem DC Youth Slam Team
[Photo from the  April 1, 2014 performance.] April 1, 2014 - Watch this Performance view the performance
The oldest active hip-hop crew in South Africa, Cape Town's Black Noise is credited as a pioneer of the “conscious” hip-hop movement of the late ’80s and early ’90s. Please note: This performance contains explicit language. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.
Featured Artist(s): Black Noise Nomadic Wax
[Photo from the  March 31, 2014 performance.] March 31, 2014 - Watch this Performance view the performance
With one foot in the past from old records and one foot in the future with the ensemble’s live interpretations, the Mix Maestros build a show drawing from all genres at any given moment. The performance features Raydar Ellis, MC and turntable; Jason Dawson, turntable; Stephen Carroll, turntable and drums; Luke Goh, turntable and piano; Sam Millinazzo, turntable and guitar; and Nullin Hassan, turntable and flute. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.
Featured Artist(s): Berklee College of Music Mix Maestros Berklee College of Music
[Photo from the  March 30, 2014 performance.] March 30, 2014 - Watch this Performance view the performance
This double bill features Las Krudas, a female duo of hip-hop MCs, musicians, poets, and theater performers born and raised in Cuba who work to fight against oppression and to celebrate life. Joining Las Krudas is KEUR-GUI, a group of hip-hop musicians from Senegal whose music and performances speak out against bad governance and regime corruption in their home country. Please note: This performance contains explicit language. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.
Featured Artist(s): KEUR-GUI Las Krudas Nomadic Wax
[Photo from the  March 29, 2014 performance.] March 29, 2014 - Watch this Performance view the performance
Shokanti approaches the mic with a unique expression of hip-hop, theater, and social consciousness that blends with the rhythms and soul of Cabo Verde, Africa. Part of One Mic: Hip- Hop Culture Worldwide.
Featured Artist(s): Nomadic Wax Shokanti
[Photo from the  March 28, 2014 performance.] March 28, 2014 - Watch this Performance view the performance
The Korean hip-hop group, Choiza and Gaeko, debuted in 2004 with the album Taxi Driver, which was the best-selling hip-hop album in South Korea, while their second album, Double Dynamite, won them “Best Hip-Hop Album” in the Korean Music Awards in 2006. Part of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.
Featured Artist(s): Nomadic Wax Dynamic Duo
[Photo from the  March 27, 2014 performance.] March 27, 2014 - Watch this Performance view the performance
Quilomboarte Collective uses hip-hop as a means not just for entertainment, but also education and social change. This show features poet, rap artist, scholar, cultural ambassador, and Quilomboarte Collective founder Bocafloja, spoken word artist Hache ST, percussionist De la Ceiba, vocalist Atiyya, saxophonist Fernando Leon, and DJ BooPart of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.
Featured Artist(s): Nomadic Wax Quilomboarte Collective
[Photo from the  March 26, 2014 performance.] March 26, 2014 - Watch this Performance view the performance

The One Mic Creative Ecosystem presents this performance in partnership with Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness 2014, which invites poets, writers, activists, and dreamers to Washington, DC for four days of poetry, community building, and creative transformation. Participants include Joy Harjo, Gayle Danley, three members of the DC Youth Slam Team, and Split This Rock staffers Sarah Browning, Pages Matam, Jonathan B. Tucker, Alisha Gregory, and Camisha JonesPart of One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide.


Featured Artist(s): Split This Rock One Mic Creative Ecosystem