Marc Bamuthi Joseph is the Artistic Director of the Living Word Project. We at the CSPA are fans and are going to check out his show on Friday night at REDCAT. Â For those not in the know, the living word project takes the idea that sustainability is about supporting life and that supporting life is the most important thing in the world. Joseph’s Hip-Hop styled green movement is one of the most exciting things we’ve seen to date. The is a link for tickets at the end of this entry.Â
MARC BAMUTHI JOSEPH/THE LIVING WORD PROJECT
THE BREAK/S: A MIXTAPE FOR STAGE
Directed by Michael John GarcÃ©s
“Thunderous, expansive… Rarely do word and movement mesh so seamlessly and elegantly… [Bamuthi’s] stories put sound and gesture on a single continuum of expression.” The Washington Post
Deftly combining his trademark rapid-fire wordplay and poetic reveries with phenomenal physical movement, Marc Joseph Bamuthi leaves it all on stage in the break/s, his multimedia journey across Planet Hip-Hop. The former National Poetry Slam champion takes inspiration from Jeff Chang’s seminal account in Can’t Stop Won’t Stop and looks to his own personal narrative to play out a living history of the hip-hop generation. At turns self-deprecatingly funny and unsparingly frank, his dynamic, deeply felt stories track the rise of hip-hop from its homegrown local roots to a global cultural force–and the personal costs, chafing identity crises, and exacting racial and cultural expectations that came with this transformation. Directed by Michael John GarcÃ©s, the break/s: a mixtape for stage is performed by the magnetic Bamuthi in a percussive call-and-response format with turntablist DJ Excess and multi-instrumentalist Ajayi Jackson, accompanied by video by Eli Jacobs Fantauzzi.
via Marc Bamuthi Joseph/The Living Word Project | REDCAT.