July 6-10, 2010: 9th Annual DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival

July 6 - 10: 9th   Annual DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival

Please visit: http://www.hhtf.org for complete schedule and info!


Tuesday, JULY 6, 2010


6pm – 7pm. FREE! All Ages. Featuring performances by the legendary DJ Rockin’ Rob of the Mean Machine Crew out of the Boogie Down Bronx and 2005 DMC USA Supremacy Champion, DJ I-Dee from Fairfax VA. This Millennium Stage event marks the first time the Hip Hop Theater Festival will showcase the skills behind the art form of turntablism (the practice of using the turntables as musical instruments). Hosted by Kokayi. Curated by Christie Z Pabon of DMC USA. Footage from the show will be in included in the Millennium Stage archives online.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Millennium Stage
2700 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20566

DMC DJ Battles are the longest running most prestigious DJ Battles in the world. From DMC battles, legends are made. Being a DMC World or National Champion continues to be one of the most sought after titles for turntablists worldwide!

2010 DMC US Finals DJ Battle on Aug. 7th, 2010
4pm-10pm. All Ages. Top battle DJs in the USA hit the wheels of steel for the right to rep the USA in the DMC World DJ Championships! Host: Kool DJ Red Alert. Showcases by reigning DMC World Champion: DJ Shiftee and Bronx Hip Hop legends DJ Rockin’ Rob and DJ Jazzy Jay. More tba. Santos Party House 96 Lafayette St. NYC. $15 advance/$20 day of at http://santospartyhouse.com

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DJ Rockin’ Rob

DJ Rockin Rob
Photo by Joe Conzo

DJ I-Dee

DJ  I-Dee - 2005 DMC US Supremacy Champ

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Hip Hop Humanities: A Day on Earth

12noon-2pm. Join Majora Carter, Kymone “Papi” Freeman, Kari Fulton and more in a conversation on how to develop practical solutions through innovative, economically sustainable projects that are informed by community needs. The discussion will explore and comment on the relationships between “Green the Ghetto”, Hip-Hop culture, the work that is being done in the green sector and how people can get involved on a personal and professional level. Guests will explore how community ownership of “green culture” in their neighborhoods can become a reality.
Smithsonian National Museum of American History On the National Mall in the Carmichael Auditorium 14th St & Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C http://americanhistory.si.edu


Written and Performed by Paige Hernandez. Music by Nick the 1da. Directed by Danielle A. Drakes
7pm. The Hegira’s “Paige in Full” is a visual mix-tape that blends poetry, dance and live music to tell the tale of a multicultural girl growing up in Baltimore, MD. The production explores how a young woman’s identity is shaped by her ethnicity and popular culture, telling a personal, yet universal, story through the lens of hip-hop, while drawing upon a range of creative disciplines including literary, musical and visual arts. This family-friendly show is perfect for adults and kids of all ages. A Production of the Hegira. Studio Theater 14th & Constitution Ave., NW Washington, D.C Refreshments will be served


Written and Performed by Universes, Directed by Chay Yew In Special Arrangement with the Roundhouse Theatre Company. 9pm. The Festival brings you a special sneak peak of the groundbreaking new piece by the theater, poetry, music mash-up ensemble, Universes. Inspired by New Orleans, Ameriville takes on what it means to be an American – with heart, impassioned dance and incandescent harmonies. This play will be fully produced by the Roundhouse Theatre in October, but through special arrangement the Festival audience gets to be the first to see the work in the DC Area. This performance is great for educators, families and young people. ONE SHOW ONLY. RSVP A MUST.
Studio Theater 14th & Constitution Ave., NW Washington, D.C

Thursday, JULY 8, 2010


Written & Performed by Micia Mosely. Directed by Tamilla Woodard.
9pm. Micia Mosely returns to DC, portraying 5 characters representing the diversity of Black lesbian experiences, and challenging the notion that there is only one way to be Black or Queer in the 21st century. This thoughtfully compelling show tackles inter- and intra-group racism, sexism, and homophobia; and reminds us of the joy and pain that go along with bringing your full self wherever you go. A Nursha Project Production. Studio Theater 1501 14th Street, NW Washington DC

LATE NIGHT COMEDY CABARET (with a hint of Hip Hop)

10:30pm. Host/Comedian Kibibi Dillon navigates through a night of soulful humor featuring some of DC & NYC’s finest poets, comedians, MC’s, and musicians! Listen to the rants, raves and hilarious observations of comic’s Seaton Smith and others. Guard your guts with Micia Mosely’s satirical poetry, while The Hueman Prophets create and perform live Rap songs based on audience members. The entire evening will be woven together by the music of Darius Smith & Choir Standing Room Only presenting familiar Hip Hop and R&B tunes broken down into the sweet harmonies.
Bus Boys & Poets 2021 14th St., NW (at V St.) Washington DC

Friday, JULY 9, 2010


Directed and Choreographed by Holly Bass. A Work Commissioned by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. 7pm. Keepin It Moving is a new Hip Hop theater work based on the legacy of the world-famous Apollo Theater and the life of Howard “Sandman” Sims. Conceived by DC Hip Hop theater luminary, Holly Bass, this work explores African-American dance traditions ranging from tap to House to Hip Hop. The foundational elements boil down to the beat, the rhyme, the dance and the message, and Howard “Sandman” Sims evoked all of those things as he danced across generations, transmitting Black history and culture through fancy footwork, syncopated beats, boast rhymes and artistic innovation. Dance Place 3225 8th Street NE Washington DC


9pm. The 5th installment of this annual tribute honoring one of Hip Hop’s most influential artists continues in its effort to raise awareness and support around the illness that claimed J Dilla’s life, Lupus. This event is also about the strength of the Hip Hop community when it chooses to focus on positive change. The past 4 years have featured J Laine & The Players (live band) reproducing Dilla’s music flipped by DC heros like Raheem Devaughn, Wes Felton, Wayna, Kokayi, Kev Brown along with Dilla-centric. Special Guests like Slum Village, Dwele, Pete Rock, Talib Kwele and Phife. So join HHTF, HedRush, the DC Loves Dilla Family & special guests as we carry on tradition while raising funds for the Dilla & Lupus Foundations. Produced by Munch for Hedrush & J Laine. Black Cat 1811 14th St. NW DC

Saturday, JULY 10, 2010


2pm-8pm. B-Boy/B-Girl Battle features some of the most prominent crews from DC, MD, VA, PA, MA & NY. The Freshest of All Time will feature two-on-two, b-girl, popping & locking and small fry competitions. The 2009 event was attended by over 600 teens and adults. Presented by Hip-Hop Theater Festival & a signature event of Words, Beats & Life.
Columbia Heights Youth Club 1480 Girard Street NW Washington DC


7pm. Directed and Choreographed by Holly Bass. A Work Commissioned by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Dance Place 3225 8th Street NE Washington DC


10pm-12am. The party won’t stop till we say so…keep it movin’ into the night as we wrap up a full week of celebrating the culture w/ a special guest spinning everything that makes you move. Dance Place 3225 8th Street NE Washington DC

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