THE HIP-HOP THEATER FESTIVAL

SEPTEMBER 12-16, WASHINGTON, DC

 

The 2018 DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival, presented by Hi-ARTS, is known worldwide as one of the most influential outlets of performing arts, showcasing the stories, people, music, and dance of Hip-Hop live and on stage. For 17 years, the DC Festival has remained one of the premier spaces to see work that blends and pushes the boundaries of theater, film, dance, and education. The HHTF reflects the breadth of Hip-Hop and urban culture by bringing together local and national artists, activists, and organizations in D.C. The Festival shows there are no borders and no limits to the creativity and influence of Hip-Hop. 

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KICK-OFF PARTY (WED 9/12)

Hi-ARTS celebrates the 17th Annual DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival opening night with a live performance by DC's own Leeocious and vibes by DJ Geena Marie. 

TIME: 8:00 - 11:00PM | VENUE: MARVIN
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WED 9/12

HIP-HOP MASTER CLASS SESSIONS

The 2018 DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival opens with four master classes where participants of all skill levels and backgrounds can learn the foundations in performance, visual art, the music business, and movement from experienced teaching artists. Participants are invited to get a hands-on experience in the elements of Hip-Hop while having fun and connecting with the local creative arts community.

TIMES: SEE BELOW | VENUE: ANACOSTIA COMMUNITY MUSEUM | Free   Click HERE to RSVP for Master Classes

 

SESSIONS

MC'ing: BOMANI ARMAH

TIME: 11:00AM - 12:30PM

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Baba Bomani’s masterclass walks students through the exciting world of Hip-Hop songwriting by morphing classroom curriculum into original song verses.  Students receive in-depth instruction on the elements of creative writing, including using simile, metaphor and rhyme, to structure a song.

 

Music Business 101: KOKAYI ISSA

TIME: 12:45 - 2:15PM

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In Kokayi Issa’s Music Business 101 Master Class, participants are invited to explore the ins and outs of how the music business works. From contracts to management to performance riders, participants will get an introduction to the basics of what it really means to work as a professional artist.

 

Graffiti: MASPAZ

TIME: 2:15 - 3:45PM

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In the Graffiti Master Class with MasPaz, students will explore and experiment with different elements of street art painting. Participants will be provided with materials to learn and try out a variety of techniques, including a small canvas that can be taken home at the end of the class. Participants should come to the session in clothing that can get dirty. 

 

Hip-Hop Dance: MONIQUE WATSON

TIME: 2:30 - 4:00PM

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Join us for a Hip-Hop workshop with Culture Shock DC’s Deputy Artistic Director, Monique Watson. In this master class you will explore and train in being a full out, highly performative movement artist while also being one with the music. Come prepared to move!


THURS 9/13

TUBMAN: LACRESHA BERRY

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A one-woman show, presents the story of Harriet Tubman reimagined as a young woman growing up in Harlem through a theatrical lens. What would happen if a young woman like Harriet became a leader in this new world? Would her struggle be the same? Would she know her power?

TIMES: 10:00AM & 1:00PM | VENUE: Anacostia Arts Center Free: Limited tickets will be available to the general public on Sept 6th


LOUDER THAN A WHISPER: GRIOT GIRL ENSEMBLE

 This play is an up close and personal testimony to the social pressures for Black girls. From social anxiety to body shaming, this hip hop theatre piece takes a raw look at taboos and secrets that are louder than a whisper.    TIME:  6:00PM   |   VENUE : Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage |  Free:  Seating is first come, first served beginning at 5:30PM

This play is an up close and personal testimony to the social pressures for Black girls. From social anxiety to body shaming, this hip hop theatre piece takes a raw look at taboos and secrets that are louder than a whisper.

TIME: 6:00PM  | VENUE: Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage | Free: Seating is first come, first served beginning at 5:30PM

FRIDAY 9/14

SOLE Defined VIBEZ: SOLE DEFINED

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The Golden Age of Hip Hop was a defining moment that continues to leave an indelible mark on our culture, identity, and way of life! Hip Hop was an innovative and groundbreaking sound that used music as social protest, Afrocentric expression, and a celebration of life. SOLE Defined takes us on a journey back in time to The Golden Age of Hip Hop. Fusing a live DJ, Tap Dance and Stepping, DJ The Kid, spins the sounds of the 90’s while SOLE Defined blends the sounds of their feet taking the audience on a rhythmic rollercoaster.

TIME: 6:00PM | VENUE: Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage | Free: Seating will be first come, first served beginning at 5:30PM


Sat 9/15

POETICS & PAINT: LADY BRION + CATHERINE PALMERO, HOSTED BY PAGES MATAM

Poetics & Paint is an afternoon where local poets can come together and be heard in collaboration with a live street artist. Featuring Baltimore's own Lady Brion and hosted by Pages Matam, guests can sign up to spit on-site when they arrive. Graffiti artist, Catherine Ward will be creating a piece live throughout the afternoon to be gifted to the space. 

TIME: 3:00 - 5:00PM | VENUE: BLOOMBARS | Free 
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WET: A DACAmented JOURNEY:  ALEX ALPHARAOH

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The story of what it means to be an American in every sense of the word except for one: on paper. It chronicles the story of Anner Cividanis’ journey of living his whole life in the United States as an undocumented American. The play captures the desperation that DREAMers feel when considering the very limited options of adjustment of status, by being forced to navigate through a broken U.S. Immigration System. The play examines the mental, emotional, and psychological hardship one man has to endure in order to secure his livelihood in the only home he has known: Los Angeles.

TIME: 6:00PM | VENUE: Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage | Free: Seating is first come, first served beginning at 5:30PM


SUNDAY 9/16

MY BARZ HEAL SCARS: THE WOMBPRINT TO HEALING THE GIRL WITHIN
PRINCESS BEST, THE HIPHOPMOMMA

 My BARZ Heal Scars: The WombPrint to Healing the Girl Within uses hip-hop to bring rhythm to healing. Princess Best explores healing through a lyrical journey in search of the answer to the question: “When you have a girl who is A) disconnected from her identity, B) disconnected from her body; physically, mentally, and spiritually, C) disconnected from other women and girls, what kind of woman can we expect her to grow to be?” The Divine Feminine Equation will unfold as The HipHopMomma explores real life stories and the “lessons” of her rap lyrics to guide better relationships between girls and women, especially mothers and daughters.    TIME:  5:30PM  |   VENUE:  Anacostia Arts Center |  Free  Click HERE to RSVP

My BARZ Heal Scars: The WombPrint to Healing the Girl Within uses hip-hop to bring rhythm to healing. Princess Best explores healing through a lyrical journey in search of the answer to the question: “When you have a girl who is A) disconnected from her identity, B) disconnected from her body; physically, mentally, and spiritually, C) disconnected from other women and girls, what kind of woman can we expect her to grow to be?” The Divine Feminine Equation will unfold as The HipHopMomma explores real life stories and the “lessons” of her rap lyrics to guide better relationships between girls and women, especially mothers and daughters.

TIME: 5:30PM VENUE: Anacostia Arts Center | Free
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PARTNER VENUES

Anacostia Arts Center 1231 Good Hope Rd SE DC

Anacostia Community Museum  1901 Fort Pl SE DC

Bloombars 3222 11th St. NW DC

Kennedy Center 2700 F St. NW DC

Marvin 2007 14th St. NW DC

 

SUPPORT

The DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival is supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. 202Creates is an initiative of Mayor Muriel Bowser highlighting the artists, makers and entrepreneurs who contribute to the city's creative economy.