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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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.