The Break/s: A Mixtape for the Stage | Museum of Contemporary Art | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

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When: March 26-28 2009

Marc Bamuthi Joseph is a citizen of the world, at home nowhere. In this 75-minute spoken-word-and-movement piece--a travelogue of sorts--he follows the trail of hip-hop culture around the globe: Haiti, France, Japan, Senegal, Bosnia. But his search for authenticity leads him increasingly into his own mind, where he revisits the funeral of a young student, the advice given him by his 92-year-old Haitian grandmere, and the racially driven breakup of a serious relationship ("I choose my black ego over love"). Nervous energy fuels the piece's humor--especially in a semi-obscene fantasy about visiting Prince, who not only owns the Mona Lisa but knows "Mona" personally. It also drives Joseph's dancing, choreographed by Stacy Printz: a pared blend of modern, hip-hop, and African styles, not nuanced, but resonant. Joseph's onstage partners are beatboxer/percussionist Soulati and DJ Excess, who mixes video projections and sound--talking-head interviews that are often ludicrously at odds with one another. --Laura Molzahn

Price: $25

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