Through dynamic performances, intriguing vignettes, audience involvement — and even electro-luminescent wire costumes, the one-hour performance traces African-American history illustrating how traditions retain their connection to the past while adapting to new cultural influences
(Hillsboro, Oregon) – The Walters Concert Series presents Rainbow Dance Theatre’s “The Roots of Hip Hop” — specially designed for youth and family audiences — at the Walters Cultural Arts Center in Hillsboro – 527 East Main St., on Friday, February 24 2017, at 7:30 p.m. Artistic Directors Darryl Thomas, Valerie Bergman and the ensemble take audience members on a cultural odyssey that traces Hip Hop – back to its African roots with dance and live drumming. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 day of show and are available at brownpapertickets.com or by calling 503-615-3485. Beer, wine, and concessions will be available in the lobby before the show and during intermission from local favorite Longbottom Coffee and Tea.
“Deeply satisfying… combines artful stagecraft with physical prowess…
in intricate, balance-shifting acrobatic maneuvers!” – SEATTLE TIMES
Traditional West African dances are featured with live drumming and high-powered Hip Hop dances incorporating the latest popular steps. The concert culminates with a modern fusion work titled Light Flight combining African-inspired choreography with the latest electro-luminescent wire technology. Costumes made exclusively with electro-luminescent wire allow the audience to literally watch light dance through space as a dark stage becomes host to creatures of light.
Popping and locking, club, freestyle, krumpin’ and break dancing are all featured in the Hip Hop dances and additional vignettes illustrate voguing, hamboning, and stepping. All audience members are involved as they learn to “vogue”. Volunteers from the audience are also brought up on stage to learn the electric slide and to accompany a West African dance by playing traditional West African percussion instruments.
Audience participation throughout the show and a fast-moving pace keep young viewers engaged, while the informative history and highly charged dance performances add another layer of interest for adult audience members. As in all of the Rainbow Dance Theatre shows, the audience is a part of an entertaining evening of dance featuring choreography that mixes African Dance and Hip Hop with gravity-defying movement and a high-impact, rapid-fire style of Modern Dance.www.rainbowdancetheatre.org
The Walters Cultural Arts Center is conveniently located just two blocks off the MAX Blue line in historic downtown Hillsboro. For further information, call 503-615-3485 or visit the website at www.hillsboro-oregon.gov/walters. Many thanks go to the event sponsors whose generosity and support has made it possible to enhance the Arts Center’s offerings and services. Special thanks to Walters sponsors: The Orenco Hotel and Decadent Creations Bakery.
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The Walters Cultural Arts Center is a premier west side visual arts and performance facility. Part of the City of Hillsboro Parks & Recreation department, the Walters is home to a 200 seat state-of-the-art performance and event space, art galleries and studio space dedicated to workshops and classes representing a wide variety of art forms. Each season the Walters’ eclectic concert series grows, featuring local, national and international artists. The Walters also hosts free events including First Tuesday Gallery Openings, Open Poetry Night and the Spoken Word Series.