Hip-Hop Theater Festival

SAVE THE DATE: 2018 DC HIP-HOP THEATER FESTIVAL 

(SEPT 12-16th)

Hi-ARTS has developed numerous groundbreaking Hip-Hop Theater festivals in San Francisco, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and New York. The Hip-Hop Theater Festival (HHTF) is known worldwide as one of the most influential outlets showcasing Hip-Hop performing arts, by featuring the stories, people, music, dance, and word of Hip-Hop live and on stage. 

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2017 DC HIP-HOP THEATER FESTIVAL

 (JULY 6th-13th)

The DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival (DC HHTF) celebrates its seventeenth year. The festival features some of the freshest work in theater and performance reflecting the breath of Hip-Hop and urban culture.  By bringing together local and national artists, activists, and organic intellectuals the DC HHTF remains one of the premier spaces to see work that reflects and pushes the boundaries of theater, film, dance and education. 


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

(JULY 6th - 8th)

TRUTHWORKER: BOXED IN & BLACKED OUT IN AMERICA

THURS 6

Marking this time we are living in with poignant reflection, protest, and vision, Truthworker Theatre Company will perform excerpts from their provocative three-part body of work that depicts the prison industrial complex through the lens of a dozen youth directly impacted by mass incarceration. This trilogy, comprised of original hip-hop theatre productions, moves from the school-to-prison pipeline and youth criminalization, through the impacts and practices of solitary confinement, and into re-entry upon release. Suitable for ages 14 and above.

Truthworker Theatre Company is a social justice based, hip-hop theatre company founded and directed by Samara Gaev. Providing youth leadership programming, professional stipends, and rigorous artistic training; Truthworker raises awareness and catalyzes action for racial, gender, and economic justice.

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


NAME CALLING and BODY OF WORK

FRI 7

Name Calling and Body of Work are two riveting one-woman works at the forefront of performances. Name Calling (co-directed by Candis Jones) is exciting new Hip-Hop theatre that examines the trials of one woman to stay afloat in her world. Ebony Ingram’s Body of Work is a magnetic conversation through dance that examines notions of culture, passion, and revolution.  Both works respond to the intersection of trauma and the celebration of the politics of womanism, sexism and survival.

TIME 8:00pm| VENUE Dance Place | Tickets Visit www.danceplace.org


NAME CALLING and BODY OF WORK

SAT 8

Name Calling and Body of Work are two riveting one-woman works at the forefront of performances. Name Calling (co-directed by Candis Jones) is exciting new Hip-Hop theatre that examines the trials of one woman to stay afloat in her world. Ebony Ingram’s Body of Work is a magnetic conversation through dance that examines notions of culture, passion, and revolution.  Both works respond to the intersection of trauma and the celebration of the politics of womanism, sexism and survival.

TIME 8:00pm| VENUE Dance Place | Tickets Visit www.danceplace.org

 

 

 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

(JULY 10th )

BEAT COMPETITION

MON 10

Guerilla Arts Ink in partnership with The Anacostia Arts Center presents A Beat Competition. This all ages beat competition allows producers at various stages of their career to present their work and receive insight and advice from industry producers. Featuring some of DC’s top beatmakers, producers, and emcees. The audience and participants will also get a chance to learn more about the process of making music and more firsthand.

TIME 4:00 – 7:00pm | VENUE Honfleur Gallery  |Free RSVP 


SYNCING INK: WHAT IT TAKES TO REALLY FREESTYLE

MON 10

"Now what you hear is not a test/I'm rapping to the beat!" Gordon wants to learn how to rap, thinking it will gain him respect, admiration, and the attention of a beautiful woman. What he doesn't know is that his journey to learn how to rhyme will take him not just deeper into Hip Hop, but deeper into his legacy and his purpose. Based on true events, NSangou Njikam leads us on a lyrical ride to discover what it really takes to freestyle. Directed by Niegel Smith, Artistic Director of New York’s Flea Theater.

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


WHOSE STREETS SCREENING and COMMUNITY DIALOGUE

MON 10

Hi-ARTS, Maysles Cinema, and Magnolia Pictures present a screening of the documentary, Whose Streets. Whose Streets is an unflinching look at how the killing of 18-year-old Mike Brown inspired a community to fight back and sparked a global movement. After the film there will be a community dialogue about the intersection of art and activism. This is an unprecedented opportunity to screen and discuss the documentary before its national premiere.

TIME 7:00pm | VENUE Busboys and Poets (14th and V) | Free RSVP 

 

 

 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

(JULY 11th - 13th)

THE BITTER GAME

Tues 11

Five acts structured as the four quarters and overtime of a basketball game, THE BITTER GAME explores the experience of being Black in America through the relationship between a young man and his mother. Based on the playwright/actor Keith A. Wallace’s youth in Philadelphia, this multi-character performance tackles issues ranging from police violence, to coping with Trauma, to the value of Black Lives. Includes strong language and adult content.

TIME 6:00pm | VENUE Kennedy Center, Family Theater | Free Tickets will be made available in the Hall of States at 5 p.m. on the day of each performance. Free tickets are limited to two tickets per patron, and no advance reservation is required.


THE BITTER GAME

Wed 12

Five acts structured as the four quarters and overtime of a basketball game, THE BITTER GAME explores the experience of being Black in America through the relationship between a young man and his mother. Based on the playwright/actor Keith A. Wallace’s youth in Philadelphia, this multi-character performance tackles issues ranging from police violence, to coping with Trauma, to the value of Black Lives. Includes strong language and adult content.

TIME 6:00pm | VENUE Kennedy Center, Family Theater |  Free Tickets will be made available in the Hall of States at 5 p.m. on the day of each performance. Free tickets are limited to two tickets per patron, and no advance reservation is required.


ArtChangeUS@ National Conversation Series

Thurs 13

ArtChangeUS and Hi-ARTS present a conversation between architect/academic Teddy Cruz, skateboarder Ben Ashworth and muralist Alice Mizrachi addressing urbanism, peacekeeping and gentrification. The event also includes an open skate session accompanied by a DJ and emcees.

TIME 6:00pm | VENUE  Penn and 6th Street Lot, NE, Washington, DC 20002 | Free RSVP 


  

PARTNER VENUES

Dance Place 3225 8th St NE, Washington, DC 20017

Honfleur Gallery 1241 Good Hope Rd SE, Washington, DC 20020

Busboys and Poets 2021 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Penn and 6th Street Lot, NE, Washington, D.C.

Kennedy Center 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566