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Hip-Hop Theater Festival

May 4–6, 2006

Tickets $22, Students/Seniors $20, MCA members $18, Ages 18 and under $10
Buy a ticket to any show and receive $5 back on your additional ticket purchase.

Produced in partnership with Young Chicago Authors and Columbia College Chicago

The ground-breaking Hip-Hop Theater Festival receives its Chicago debut at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The festival is co-hosted by Amina Norman Hawkins and Chicago Bears’ Brendon Ayanbadejo, and features performances by some of the best up-and-coming Chicago artists with additional works by Will Power, Rubberbandance Group, Hop-Fu, Danny Hoch, and Marc Bamuthi Joseph. The Hip-Hop Theater Festival presents and supports live performances by artists who stretch, invent, and combine theater, dance, spoken word, and live music sampling.

Danny Hoch / Marc Bamuthi Joseph / Will Power
Thursday, May 4, 7:30 pm
Young Chicago Authors make their MCA debut in this night filled with theater luminaries performing excerpts from their celebrated works: From New York, Danny Hoch in Till the Break of Dawn and Will Power in Flow; and back by popular demand, Oakland’s Marc Bamuthi Joseph in Scourge.

Rubberbandance / Congo Square Theatre Company / UrbanTheater Company
Friday, May 5, 7:30 pm
Old school and new come together when Montreal’s Rubberbandance Group takes the floor with their hip-hop physicality crossed with modern dance aesthetics.

Also featured are three Chicago companies: Kuumba Lynx, an all-ages interdisciplinary performance ensemble, performing new works; UrbanTheater Company, an ensemble of ethnically diverse artists, performing dramatic reading of Buck Wild, a new work by Idris Goodwin; and Congo Square Theatre, performing an excerpt from Deep Azure by Chadwick Boseman.

Saturday, May 6, 7:30 pm
Hop-Fu: hip-hop meets kung fu in a marriage of movies and DJ composition. Using their turntables to craft the clashing sound effects, DJs Excess and IKL of the Kolabz Crew create a live score while battling to the classic 1982 Hong Kong film Prodigal Son. Local footwork crew Creation Footwork Battle Clique open the show with Chicago’s unique style of urban dance. For more information about the Hip-Hop Theater Festival.