Hip-Hop Icons Rokafella and Kwikstep in Innaviews: Hip-Hop Theater
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The last date listed for Innaviews: Hip-Hop Theater was Sunday August 29, 2010 / 8:00pm.
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Take to the high seas aboard the H.M.S. Pinafore, Gilbert & Sullivan's beloved comic operetta of mistaken identity, love, intrigue and duty in the British navy. This seaworthy satire spins the yarn of a gentlemanly captain who's arranged for his daughter to marry the First Lord of the Admiralty ... even though she's already in love with a common sailor on her father's ship. The show's signature hummable tunes include "I'm Called Little Buttercup," "When I Was a Lad" and "I Am the Captain of the Pinafore." Set against the looming backdrop of World War II, don't miss this dramatically reimagined production when it sails into the Howard Conn Fine Arts Center.
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New York-bred hip-hop pioneers Rokafella and Kwikstep are celebrated for their high-impact dance style, signature bravura, and mentoring skills as educators and community leaders. In the early 90’s, Rockafella and Kwikstep started investigating hip-hop as a proscenium performance art form. This August, they are bringing their acclaimed hip-hop theater piece, Innaviews, from New York to Minneapolis as part of Intermedia Arts’ annual B-Girl Be Festival.
Innaviews takes an inside look at the lives of two hip-hop performers, Rokafella and Kwikstep. The New Times reports, “playful intelligence is one of the points of Innaviews, a series of devastatingly on-target interviews in which Rokafella and Kwikstep impersonate characters intent on discovering the heart and history of hip-hop. Using visual art, dance, theater and multimedia projections of the artists’ families, the piece recreates a tender, knowing relationship onstage and makes a strong case for the Full Circle’s brand of hip-hop as their thriving progeny, a reassuringly unruly, well-tended child.”
Innaviews is terrific entertainment and a must for theater lovers, dance enthusiasts and history buffs as both legendary breakdancers also break away from the talk repeatedly to demonstrate some classic moves as they travel together through hip-hop cultural history.
Created by Intermedia Arts in 2005, B-Girl Be: A Celebration of Women in Hip-Hop was the first international female-focused hip-hop summit in history. Since its inception, this wildly successful multidisciplinary summit has brought over 200 international, national and local girls and women in hip-hop together in Minneapolis for dialogues, art-making, screenings, performances, workshops and networking opportunities.
About the Ticket Supplier: Intermedia Arts
As Minnesota’s premier multidisciplinary, multicultural arts center, Intermedia Arts builds understanding among people by catalyzing and inspiring artists and audiences to make changes in their lives and communities. We are the only organization in our region that empowers artists and community leaders to use arts-based approaches to solve community issues. From graffiti art to digital technology to performance art to spoken word, we work from the community up to unearth and enliven new and emerging artists and art forms while challenging and exploring the role of art in our lives. By stimulating civic dialogue and giving voice to the issues and experiences of underrepresented communities locally, nationally and internationally, we contribute to a stronger, healthier society.