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Hip-Hop Theater Festival 2009

  

 
 
 
 
 
HHTF Insiders,
 
Three words: Hip-HopTheaterFestival. Our flagship festival is coming October 1 – 17. THREE WEEKS of art, dance and theater for, by and about the Hip-Hop generation. Take a sneak peak at what's in store below. Tickets go on sale September 9.  
 
And keep reading for news from the Foundry Theatre and their presentation of The Provenance of Beauty, a theatrical bus tour of the South Bronx. Our friends at LINC are conducting a survey of artists in the recession, and we're asking YOU to participate; P-Star Rising screens at the AMC later this month; and Urban Word'sPreemptive Education drops the knowledge October 2 – 4. 
 
Thank you for continuing to support the community at large, and we'll see you at the Festival.  
 
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New York City
October 1 through October 17
 
The 2009 New York City Hip-Hop Theater Festival is three weeks of art, dance and theater by, for and about the Hip-Hop generation.  For nine years and counting HHTF has pushed the boundaries of performance, defining and redefining the art and aesthetic of Hip-Hop.  

Highlights of the 2009 NYC Hip-Hop Theater Festival include our first ever children’s show, the family-friendly play Zomo the Rabbit: A Hip Hop Creation Myth; the New York premiere of The Word Begins, where Steve Connell and Sekou (tha misfit) travel rapidly through the chaotic and confusing world of politics, purpose, and passion; and the celebration of the next generation in Young, Gifted and Hyped, featuring the youth of Urban Word NYC and First Wave Ensemble.  This year’s festival closes with a week of plays by a group of phenomenal women demonstrating why the festival is one of the most influential outlets showcasing Hip-Hop performing arts in the country.

 
Mainstage Highlights:
 

YOUNG, GIFTED & HYPED
Designed as our youth theater night, HHTF will present some of the strongest work emerging from high school students in NYC. Our youth theater night is always a high-energy, sold out experience featuring the unfiltered voices and perspectives of young people living in New York City. Featuring the talents ofUrban Word NYC, and from University of Wisconsin at Madison’s First Wave Hip Hop Theater EnsembleAt the Ohio Theater, October 6 & 7.
 
 
 
ZOMO THE RABBIT: A Hip-Hop Creation Myth 
By Psalmayene 24
 Originally Commissioned and Presented by Imagination Stage, Bethesda, MD
Written by Psalmayene 24, Zomo the Rabbit is a family
 friendly production, set right here in New York City! Be sure to bring the shorties. At the Ohio Theater October 9, 10 & 11. 
 
THE WORD BEGINS 
Written and Performed by Sekou Tha Misfit and Steve Connell
Directed By Robert Egan

THE WORD BEGINS 
is an exciting journey with two young men as they struggle to come to terms with belief and morality in America today. They take on race relations, religion, sexuality, love, and the power of mass communication — among other great American issues.  At the Ohio Theater October 8, 9 & 10.
 
ANGELA’S MIXTAPE
Written By Eisa Davis
Directed by Liesl Tommy 

“On this mixtape, style will dictate, we bounce back and forth in time…” Using the rhythms of music and memory, Eisa tells the story of a radical upbringing on the dividing line between Oakland and Berkeley, California — in a family that includes her aunt, professor and activist Angela Davis. 
At the Ohio Theater October 15, 16 & 17.


 . . . And there's plenty more! Tickets go on sale SEPTEMBER 9!
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A special invite to an unusual event: 
a theatrical bus tour in the South Bronx  
FOR FRIENDS OF HHTF from the Foundry Theatre 

THE PROVENANCE OF BEAUTY 
BY CLAUDIA RANKINE
A SOUTH BRONX TRAVELOGUE PERFORMED ON A TOUR BUS TRAVELING THROUGH THE SOUTH BRONX

WEEKENDS FROM SEPT 5 – OCT 25 ONLY

 *** SPECIAL DISCOUNT TIX FOR FRIENDS OF HHTF
$20 TICKETS (REG. $35) FOR THE FIRST TWO WEEKENDS
IF YOU MAKE YOUR RESERVATION BY SEPT 7 ***

THE PROVENANCE OF BEAUTY is a poetic travelogue performed on a bus touring the South Bronx. As we travel the streets of the neighborhood route, Rankine's evocative text points out and reflects upon the sites that pass by outside the windows. Some of these landmarks might go by unnoticed – a Con Ed station dressed up as townhouses, the theatre where La Lupe held court that’s now a church; these complicated places raise questions about what creates a neighborhood in a city in a country in the world.

The audience boards the bus in Spanish Harlem, puts on headphones and for 90 minutes eavesdrops on the voice – both live and recorded – of this historic place.  PROVENANCE looks deeply at this landscape – its sites, history, present and future – and maps out a poetic cartography of a neighborhood – and of any neighborhood – in its eternal state of evolution.

 

WEEKENDS ONLY FROM SEPTEMBER 5 – OCTOBER 25
2 SHOWS A DAY – 1PM & 4PM EVERY SATURDAY & SUNDAY & 2 SHOWS ON LABOR DAY, SEPT 7.

THE BUS LEAVES FROM & RETURNS TO SPANISH HARLEM
THE ELMENDORF CHURCH
136 E. 121ST BETWEEN LEXINGTON & THIRD AVE.

TICKETS:  $35
$20 TIX WITH SPECIAL DISCOUNT CODE FOR HHTF: 
BX2009

SEATING IS VERY LIMITED ::  RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY
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ARTISTS & THE RECESSION SURVEY

Is the recession over for you, or still going strong?  LINC wants to make sure the conditions artists are facing in the current economic climate are being heard and addressed.

LINC, in partnership with Helicon Collaborative, has developed the Artists and the Economic Recession Survey to invite artists to share their current experience. This survey will provide hard data for all of us who believe that arts and culture are important so that we can achieve the changes in policy, funding, and information dissemination necessary to improve the working lives of artists nationwide.

This survey is being conducted by LINC and supervised by Princeton Survey Research Associates International.

Completing the survey takes about 15 minutes and is offered in both English and Spanish. Participants can remain anonymous.

 
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .PREEMPTIVE EDUCATION
LANGUAGE. IDENTITY. POWER
Presented by Urban Word, the Center for Multicultural Education, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education & Human Development, and HipHop Theater Festival
  
PREEMPTIVE EDUCATION aims to examine the issues that affect today’s youth, while providing creative and practical resources to address them. Using the power of spoken word poetry and hip-hop as the lens to explore language and privilege, participants will learn best practices in student-centered pedagogy from professionals in the fields of education, youth development, and spoken word & hiphop. Combining performance, panel discussion, and professional development workshops, PREEMPTIVE EDUCATION will provide comprehensive opportunities for educators of all levels. 

 
Preemptive Education
Word Life
A Performance & Conversation
on Language, Identity & Power
Friday,  October 2 :: 7 – 9 PM
703 Silver Center
FREE 
 
Weekend Training Series
For Mentors, Teachers, Educators & Community Activists 
Saturday, October 3 – Sunday, October 4
Suggested Donation: $100
 
Scholarships Available
 

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NEW YORK SCREENING OF
PSTAR RISING
 
For those of you who missed the world premiere of PStar Rising at the Tribeca Film Festival, the film has continued to screen and garner support and success around the world. In January the film will be broadcast to millions of homes across America on PBS, Independent Lens. To catch it one more time on the big screen, put September 25 on your calendar.
 
PStar Rising 
Friday, September 25 :: 8 PM
AMC :: 34th Street, NYC
http://www.urbanworld.com
 
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THANK YOU 
 
Hip-Hop Theater Festival is made possible through generous support from Rockefeller Bros. Foundation, Hull Family Foundation, Community Resource Exchange, The Union Square Arts Awards, The Ford Foundation, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, Time Warner, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Curtis W. McGraw Foundation, The New World Foundation and individual supporters like you. HHTF is a participant in the New Generations Program, funded by Doris Duke Charitable Trust/The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for American Theatre. HHTF is also supported in part by Artography: Arts in a Changing America, a grant program of Leveraging Investments in Creativity, funded by the Ford Foundation.  

 
       
 
               


 
           
 
 
  
 
 
WHAT'S
HAPPENING


Zomo the Rabbit at the

NYC HipHop Theater Festival
October 9, 10 & 11
 
 
 
The Word Begins at the
NYC HipHop Theater Festival
Oct 8, 9 & 10

 
 
Angela's Mixtape at the
NYC Hip Hop Theater Festival
October 15, 16 & 17
 
 
 
Artists: How are you affected by the recession?  
 
 
 
Preemptive Education
Language. Identity. Power
October 2 though 4
 


 
PStar Rising in NYC
September 25

 
 

 

 
 
 

 

  

   442D Lorimer Street, #195 
Brooklyn, NY 11206
 

 

Founded in 2000, Hip-Hop Theater Festival invigorates the fields of theater and Hip-Hop by: nurturing the creation of innovative work within the Hip-Hop aesthetic; presenting and touring artists whose work addresses the issues relevant to the Hip-Hop generation; and serving young, urban communities through outreach and education that celebrates contemporary language and culture.

 

 
 
 
 
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