Hip hop theatre


Hip hop theatre

=History=

The genre was created by trained theatre artists who grew up with, and continue to be influenced by, hip hop music, hip hop theatre often employs the four major tenets of hip hop culture: B-Boying (breakdancing), DJing (spinning records), MCing (rapping/singing), and graffiti art.Fact|date=September 2007 Many hip hop theatre performances put these elements on the stage to support the story or offer a context for the show. However, many shows that are defined as hip hop theatre performances do not use these influences directly on the stage. Instead, these performances focus on the young people who are immersed in hip hop culture and their stories and interactions with people inside and outside that culture. Hip hop plays range from single-actor monologue plays, to multiple character plays, to reinterpretations of classical or biblical texts, to musicals and dance shows. Often, the use of complex language and overt rhythm in speaking hip hop theatre texts has drawn parallels to actors speaking Shakespearean verse.

From 1996 to 2005 the number of performances of this form of theatre has grown from isolated shows in New York and San Francisco, to include week-long festivals (for example the "Hip Hop Theatre Festival" started by hip hop performer, playwright and director, Danny Hoch) in major cities across the country. Some major hip hop theatre writers and performers include Danny Hoch, Sarah Jones, Aya de Leon, and Will Power. This form of theatre is continuing to evolve into the 21st century.

ee also

* Degenerate art

External links

*Interview with Danny Hoch on The Sound of Young America: [http://libsyn.com/media/tsoya/tsoya042305.mp3 MP3 Link]
* [http://hhthq.avltheatre.info/ Hip Hop Theatre HQ]
* [http://artspolicy.colum.edu/DVProfiles.html "Dancing on the Through-Line: Rennie Harris and the Past and Future of Hip-Hop Dance"] by Jeff Chang; from the series Democratic Vistas Profiles: Essays in the Arts and Democracy


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • BET Hip Hop Awards — Les BET Hip Hop Awards est une émission de télévision annuelle, diffusée par BET, récompensant les artistes, producteurs et réalisateurs de clips hip hop. La première cérémonie a eu lieu en 2006. La première s est déroulée le 12 novembre 2006 à… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • BET Hip Hop Awards — The BET Hip Hop Awards are an annual awards show, hosted by BET, for commercial hip hop performers, producers and music video directors. The awards ceremony began in 2006. The first ceremony was held on November 12, 2006 in Atlanta, Georgia at… …   Wikipedia

  • Aotearoa hip hop summit — The hip hop summit is a three day event that honors the hip hop scene in New Zealand. In August of 2000, the first Aotearoa hip hop summit took place at the Lumiere Theatre in Christchurch. [Henderson, April K. “Dancing Between Islands: Hip Hop… …   Wikipedia

  • Irish hip hop — is the response to the hip hop cultural movement that originated in New York City in the 1970s which, at that time, was most popular with members of the African American community. In the 1980s, breakdancing and graffiti were the first elements… …   Wikipedia

  • Obsesion (groupe de hip-hop) — Obsesión est un groupe de hip hop cubain créé en 1996 par Alexey Rodriguez et Magia Lopez. Les deux membres d Obsesión sont en fait mari et femme, le groupe ayant été formé après leur mariage. Ils sont installé à Regla, un quartier industriel à… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • The Professionals (hip-hop) — Infobox musical artist Name = The Professionals Img capt = The Professionals in 2003 Background = group or band Origin = Lakeland, Florida, United States Genre = Hip hop, rock, pop, soul Years active = 2001 ndash;present URL = [http://www.myspace …   Wikipedia

  • Obsession (cuban hip-hop) — Obsesion Origin Havana, Cuba Genres Hip hop Years active 1996–present Contents 1 …   Wikipedia

  • Théâtre de l'Agora — (Évry Essonne) 48° 37′ 45″ N 2° 25′ 48″ E / 48.6290512, 2.4301243 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Théâtre de l'Agora (Évry-Essonne) — 48° 37′ 45″ N 2° 25′ 48″ E / 48.6290512, 2.4301243 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • The Tragically Hip — Infobox musical artist Name = The Tragically Hip Img capt = Left to right: Gordon Downie, Gord Sinclair, and Rob Baker performing in Aspen, Colorado, 2007 Img size = 250 Landscape = yes Background = group or band Alias = Origin = Kingston,… …   Wikipedia