On Wednesday, October 1st, Hip-Hop Theater Festival and The Center For Multicultural Education and Programs at New York University presented 'Voices of a People's History of the United States: The Remix'! Beginning in the summer of 2000, the annual Hip-Hop Theater Festival brings together the Hip-Hop generation and those interested in learning more about it in a celebration of the Hip-Hop culture.
The non-profit festival has presented over 100 world-renown artists in festivals reaching major metropolitan audiences in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Since its inception, The Hip-Hop Theater Festival has grown into one of the most influential outlets showcasing Hip-Hop performing arts in the country and has become an important contributor to the cultural life of participating Festival cities. This influence has been extended through live, professionally executed theater performances written by and about the Hip-Hop generation. Often using the elements of Hip-Hop culture (including MCing, DJing, Hip-Hop dance, graffiti and Spoken Word), Hip-Hop Theater tells urgent stories seldom represented on stage, and through language that embraces Hip-Hop's multi-literate and poly-lingual vitality.
Oscar winner and acclaimed film director Tim Robbins, Black Thought of The Roots, Hip-Hop pioneer Bobbito Garcia, award winning HBO's Def Poetry Jam on Broadway spoken word artist Staceyann Chin, political activist and HBO's Def Poetry Jam on Broadway poet Suheir Hammad, NYU student leader Joshua Xavier, and many more artists in collaboration with Hip-Hop Theater Festival and NYU's Center for Multicultural Education and Programs, gave a modern voice to the unsung stories surrounding our American history.
In its 5th year, with over 50 performances under its belt, Voices of a People's History of the United States: The Remix intends to celebrate America's unsung heroes with the style, energy and aesthetics of a Rap concert, creating a vibrant and colorful evening where history comes to life to invigorate our present.
Photo Credit Pablo Pimienta