Chicago Hip Hop Theater Fest
A seperate ticket will be needed per show. This is event is free and open to the public. If you do not want to make a "Ticket Donation" just show up-no one will be turned away! If you make a donation, please bring your ticket to the show of your choice so that we can make an offering to the presenting artist!
At the intersection of art, culture, social justice, and community building, Kuumba Lynx produces The Chicago Hip Hop Theater Fest (CHHTF). The fest features nine different performing artists/companies presenting 12 different shows over five days. CHHTF is curated by Kuumba Lynx Co-Founders Jaquanda Villegas and Jacinda Bullie in an effort to reclaim public space, and cultivate a community building & performance space that reflects the communities we represent. The fest utilizes critical Hip Hop Theater to engage in a dialogue that aims to rewrite our narratives, reimagine the world more just, and connect people across communities.
Wednesday June 6
7:00 pm FILLINZ...Put Some Respect On It! by Jaquanda Villegas & Jacinda Bullie
A roundtable discussing Hip Hop pedagogy in & out of the classroom will follow show
Thursday June 7
10:30am "My Name Is..." by Assata Lewis ( HS matinee)
7:00 pm "Sampled: Beats of Muslim Life" by Su'ad Abdul Khabeer
In honor of Ramadan an Iftar / breaking of fast will be provided following the show
Friday June 8
10:30am "skinnyblk" by Sean Avery & Mic Maven (school matinee)
6:30 pm "Disabled" by Coleman Company
8:00 pm Lady Sol Dance Diaries tic for this show at https://mastequilaplease.bpt.me
Saturday June 9
2:00 pm "My Name Is..." Assata Lewis
3:30 pm Lady Sol Dance Diaries tic for this show at https://mastequilaplease.bpt.me
5:30 pm "Mjh The Mistape" Mark MAI Words
7pm pm "Call Out Culture: Performing Activism" Glenance Green
8:30 pm "skinnyblk" Sean Avery & Mic Maven
Sunday June 10
3:00 pm "Redefining Black" COLORS
4pm Roundtable conversation will convene the fest (Free)
ABOUT THE SHOWS
Jaquanda & Jacinda's "FILLINZ ...Put some Reapect On It!" demonstrates that like Badu, they are sensitive about their shit. Showing up each day ready to figure out a way to thrive they make no apologies and you best believe they stay ready to get in formation when necessary. This collage of story, sound, ritual & body declaration weaves Performance Poetry & a bit of impromptu stage play, providing a glimpse into the lives of two Hip Hop Educators . They have dedicated their lives to facilitating the work of love of liberation, often in the margins, often as Fillinz for where our citys education, justice, economic, health, art and cultural institutions have failed us.
Assad Lewis' "My Name Is.." examines the life of Assata Shakur, her struggle with identity, imprisonment and membership in Black Panther Party. This work reveals the ways in which the life of a Revolutionary has inspired a little black girl named after her?
Su'ad Abdul Khabeer's "SAMPLED: Beats of Muslim Life" is a one-woman show using ethnography, poetry, theater and movement to explore issues of race, gender, hip hop and Muslims in the United States. Directed by Sonita Suratt.
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"skinnyblk" celebrates Seans Black Queerness. Using anime, superheroes, movement, rap, and spoken word, Sean wrestles with internalized and projected hyper masculinity as they discover their authentic self.
"Lady Sols Dance Diary (Vol 1): #MasTequilaPlease" is dance dramedy (drama & comedy) performance that welcomes audiences into the personal and professional life of world renown, Chicago street dance artist, educator, choreographer, & manager Leida Lady Sol Garcia. This unimpeded biographical stage narrative will awaken the senses through her nostalgic experiences as a young Mexican American dancer growing up in the 90s (heavily influenced by House and Hip Hop cultures while living in Chicago and New York City).
"DISABLED" is a movement based work exploring the everyday queer, disabled, black body's navigation of Chicago's southside pop-culture.
"Mjh the Mixtape" explores what it is like to overcome your environment, check your privilege, face your fears, and choose Love in the face of hatred and uncertainty. The story documents a young black man as he deals with marriage, fatherhood, domestic and community violence, and sexual abuse, coming to terms with the greatest love: Self Love
Glenance Green's "Call-Out Culture: Performing Activism" explores the highly anticipated and intended consequences of the call-out that render themselves counterproductive to the desired outcomes of activist agendas and spaces. Written & Performed by Glenance Green
COLORS' "Redefining BLACK" uses soulfully constructed music, heartfelt storytelling and a hybrid of concert and social dance to challenge the colloquially negative connotations and perspectives onto blackness and darkness as they relate to the cosmos, mortal interactions and social construct of race.
About the CHHTF presenters
A native of South Carolina, Jaquandas Sista Earth down south hospitality and rustic connections drive her to preserve ritual and storytelling; tooling youth and communities of Chicago. Jacinda aka Jah Da Amp Mouth is a humanist & practicing Muslim tearing down to build up.
Sean Avery is a rapper, poet & educator from Avondale, Arizona. Their work opens a dialogue about Black masculinity by sharing their personal narrative. Sean is an alum of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.A. in English Creative Writing, where they received the nation's only full-tuition Hip-Hop Theatre scholarship, First Wave. Their music & poetry has been featured on Afropunk, Blavity & in the 2015 Wisconsin Film Festival. Currently, Sean teaches rap, poetry & theater throughout the Phoenix area at high schools & nonprofits while working on their first solo show titled skinnyblk.
Comedian, Emcee, and Non Violence Activist Mark James Heath takes us through his life's journey where he struggles to spread Love purely and completely in a world of fear and violence. Mjh is a poet and comedian from the south suburbs of Chicago IL. He has traveled throughout the US and Canada headlining comedy clubs, colleges/universities, and more. He has been featured on NBC's Last Comic Standing, performed with Second City Outreach and Diversity, and opened for Hannibal Buress and Talib Kweli to name a few. He has also worked with organizations such as The LA Downtown Women's Shelter, The Toronto Rape Crisis Centre, and Black Lives Matter.
Glenance is a content creator, scholar, and activist artist. Published author of the book Shades of Green, Glenance has forged her own creative path to visual and performing arts through writing. She is the founder and director of A g Thing!, a creative agency in the City of Chicago that aids as a catalyst in bringing unsung voices and their narratives to the broader community using art as a tool of activism as a means of shifting political consciousness to influence systems change. Glenance is the creator of Melanin Voices, a performance collective series of poetry and live literature purposed to showcase the local, unsung voices in literature and highlight the narratives illuminated from their writings as a tool of deconstructing and reimagining political consciousness.
The cast of Redefining BLACK is comprised of primarily menalated artists of varying mediums devotd to explroing the hu(e)man experience through dance , music, and text.
Assata Lewis, is a Kuumba Lynx As I Am Core Creative. A freshman at Harold Washington college, she is majoring in performance art. She is an award winning poet, and an emerging singer, emcee, playwright, and activist who believes in the power of performance to heal self and community.
Suad is an activist-scholar-artist at the intersection of race, religion, and popular culture. She is author of Muslim Cool: Race, Religion and Hip Hop in the United Stats and the founding director and senior editor at sapelosquare.com. Suad is currently associate professor of American Culture at the University of Michigan. You learn more about her work at doctorsuad.com or follow her on Twitter: @drsuad
Leida Lady Sol Garcia-Mukwacha is a street dance professional from Chicago who is globally recognized as a Creative Director, Manager, and Youth Arts Educator. She is a Co-Founding member and former Teaching Artist with Kuumba Lynx. As a dance professional Lady Sol has worked with Damian Marley, Busta Rhymes, Wyclef Jean, Cham, Patra, Heavy D, Bounty Killer, Twista, and Elephant Man. Lady Sol is also responsible for bringing Chicagos Footwork/Juke culture to global audiences via King Charles and the FootworKINGz who have performed with Madonna, Will.I.Am, Ellen Degeneres, Cedric the Entertainer, Missy Elliott, Apollo Theater, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and more.
Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Drew Coleman studied Jazz Dance with local legends Joel Hall and Gus Giordano. He has taught various forms of dance throughout the city with organizations including Kuumba lynx, and presented his choreography at Steppenwolf Theater and Art Institute of Chicago. Drew recently performed with Barak Ade Soleil in duet repertoire at Museum of Contemporary Art and Middlebury College. He was first exposed to dance through choreographer Kirby Reed and furthered his training at Columbia College Dance Center.
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