Center for the Arts Features Hip Hop Legends on Saturday

Posted: November 7, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

With a reunion of old-school dancers and contemporary b-boys, choreographer Rennie Harris hopes to preserve the creativity of hip-hop’s first generation. Hip-Hop Legends brings together national, international, and local hip-hop artists for a performance featuring dancing, spinning, interviews, and video clips. Washington Performing Arts Society and George Mason’s Center for the Arts co-present Harris’s Hip-Hop Legends, at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Concert Hall. An artistic discussion, led by Suzanne Carbonneau, is held at 6:15 p.m. on the Grand Tier.

“These are the creators and the innovators of hip-hop,” explains Harris. “We’re going to do a presentation that is basically a documentary of hip-hop. It’s a celebration of the legends and their accomplishments. You’ll see poppin’, knockin’, breakin’, hip-hop proper, and possibly some house dance.” Multimedia includes video highlighting scenes from the legends at their beginnings.

For the performance, founding fathers of hip-hop from both coasts are brought in to conduct taped interviews and perform live. Younger dancers, who perform daring, risk-taking acts, complement their old-school moves. Finally, artists from the local hip-hop community combine with the guest artists and Harris dancers for free-style sections interspersed throughout the performance. The event showcases the many influences of hip-hop, including African dance, martial arts, and acrobatics. Rennie Harris feels hip-hop as an art form should be recognized for its purity, therefore, throughout the project, the company continues its commitment to providing audiences with a sincere view of the essence and spirit of hip-hop, rather than the commercially exploited stereotypes often portrayed in the media.

Tickets range from $20 to $40. Children 12 and under are admitted for half price. Charge by phone at (703) 218-6500 or visit www.tickets.com.

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