Free day-long programming includes hip hop classes, panel discussion, and jam session
Guggenheim Fellow, United States Artist Fellow and PEW Fellowship recipient, Raphael Xavier will present Here & Now Hip Hop Forum, a full day of free programming on Saturday, June 10 from 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. in SEI Innovation Studio at the Kimmel Center. The collaborative day of movement and music includes three dance workshops taught by renowned and progressive hip hop instructors and performers; a panel discussion bringing together scholars, artists, choreographers and organizational leaders to discuss the future of the art form; and an open jam session.
“We are thrilled to welcome Raphael Xavier and his team to our Campus for this day of education and conversation,” said Anne Ewers, President and CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. “What a gift it is to have talented and thoughtful artists give back to our Philadelphia community in this way.”
Presented with both a USA Artist Fellowship for Choreography and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2016, Rennie Harris PureMovement alumnus Raphael Xavier has been active in the dance world since the early 1980s. Xavier joined the Kimmel Center during the 2013/14 season as a Jazz Residency artist. Xavier’s creation, Here & Now Hip Hop Forum is intended to motivate and inform hip hop artists while benefitting the community of Philadelphia.
The schedule of the day is as follows:
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Street Dance Composition Class
Instructor: Teena Marie Custer
Exploring the abstraction of street dance & movement to work for the stage. Students will create a phrase of their own in any urban style and explore reworking it in a variety of ways.
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Funkamentals Class
Instructor: D. Sabela Grimes
Teaching social and current trends in hip hop dances inspired by the hood.
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Breaking / Ultimate Movement Class
Instructor: B-Boy Neguin
This class teaches you to use your surroundings to react & attack the music in ciphers or battles or even just to catch a vibe while feeling good.
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The Long Game: Optimizing Opportunities for Dancers and Artists Alike
Panel Discussion Moderator: Raphael Xavier
Panelists: D. Sabela Grimes, B-Boy Neguin, Teena Marie Custer, Ryan ‘Napalm’ Wagner, Ursula Rucker, Tyiib Smith, Kamilah Forbes
This panel brings together scholars, artists, choreographers and organizational leaders to talk about opportunities available to progressively move forward outside of conventional ideas.
8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. DJ Blaak The Ninth Man
This open jam session is for all in attendance to dance, socialize, let loose and experience what social dance and Hip Hop forms are all about. Meet and mingle with these world renowned artists who are making a difference in their fields.
Participating teachers & panelists include:
- Raphael Xavier (Artistic Director and Choreographer) –The recipient of many awards, such as the Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pew Fellowship, and a MacDowell award, Raphael Xavier has been called “a fine rhythm technician who transforms a bravado dance style into an introspective meditation.” He currently teaches at Princeton University.
- Sabela Grimes (Panelist/ Instructor) – Sabela Grimes currently teaches at University of Southern California’s Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. A recipient of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship in 2014, Grimes is the author of “Funkamental MediKinetics,” a method focused on foundations of movement and social aspects surrounding hip hop culture.
- Ursula Rucker (Panelist) – Ursula Rucker is a musician, poet, and social activist. Her sixth album in the works, Rucker is a recipient of the Leeway Foundation’s Transformation Award and their Art for Change Award. The subject of Poet, a documentary, she created a live solo show entitled My Father’s Daughter.
- Ryan Wagner “Napalm” (Panelist) – Owner of Ryan Wagner’s Martial Arts and Fitness, Wagner is a b-boyer and winner of international awards, including 2015’s Bboy of the Year, a three-time winner of the USA Chelles Battle Pro, and an Amazing Day Champ.
- Teena Marie (Panelist/ Instructor) – Teena Marie is the winner of various b-girl competitions and has brought her hip hop works to theaters, festivals, and colleges across the United States and abroad. A teacher for the American Dance Festival and Slippery Rock University, Marie has created “My Good Side,” a solo performance show.
- Febiano “Bboy Neguin” Lopes – (Panelist/ Instructor) – Winner of the UBC and Red Bull BC One, Neguin has represented artists and brands as varied as Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, MTV, Coca-Cola, Nokia, Nestle, and Puma. A top B-boyer known internationally, Neguin utilizes capoeira, house, tricking, and hip hop.
- Tayyib Smith (Panelist) – Tayyib Smith is the co-creator of Famous Arts Critics and Pipeline Philly, as well as The Institute of Hip Hop Entrepreneurship and Little Giant Creative. She is a board member on Temple’s Apps & Maps, Black Star Film Fest, and the GreenLight Fund.
- Blaak Tha Ninth Man (DJ) – Philadelphia-based DJ, record collector, and “The Resident Funky President of ‘Soulville’” Black Tha Ninth Man has been entertaining Philadelphia for almost 40 years.
Raphael Xavier’s HERE & NOW HIP HOP FORUM
June 10, 2017, 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Kimmel Center, SEI Innovation Studio
Advanced Registration is recommended as classes will fill up quickly. 25 students per class. Please wear comfortable dance clothes and arrive 30 minutes prior to the beginning of class to warm up.
These events are free with reservations required.
For reservations call (215) 893-1999, visit online at kimmelcenter.org, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office.
- Ephemerality: Dances In Time – a showcase for dance works created by Muhlenberg College student and faculty choreographers, April 16-18. - April 11, 2021
- Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series presents nia love- UnderCurrents, April 3 - March 31, 2021
- The Annenberg Center Presents Rennie Harris Puremovement in a Livestreamed Performance, April 1 - March 22, 2021