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University Of Redlands Hosts Hip Hop Theatre Buck World One Performance

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Campus Diversity & Inclusion, Department of Theatre, Race & Ethnic Studies Department and the Multicultural Center will host the Hip Hop Theatre production Buck World One on Thursday, December 10 at 8:00 p.m. at the Glenn Wallichs Theatre. Buck World One fuses dance, spoken word and interactive video projections in telling the story of the human situation.

Buck World One was developed through the CaliFest Theatre Workshop under the guidance of playwright and UCR professor of theater Rickerby Hinds, who happened onto inner-city youths participating in this new hip hop dance style at a local church. When Hinds witnessed the intensity, passion and athleticism of the dance he also saw an opportunity for good theater.

“Krump or Buck is a form of expression often related to praise dancing that explores the human situation and the lives of young people in the Inland Empire,” Hinds said. “It addresses themes such as violence in the community, police brutality and the civil-rights movement.”

This unique dance form provides an outlet for youth who face harsh realities of violence and other challenges in their communities. Young people with no formal dance training gather in small, hot, cramped rooms, church fellowship halls, playgrounds, parking lots or any neutral space each week throughout Southern California to participate in “krump battles” in which they use dance moves instead of bullets.  “With no youth theatre company and few performance spaces available, these weekly gatherings are, in many cases, the only opportunity for these young people to express themselves creatively,” Hinds said.

Buck World One features five krump dancers from the Inland Empire: Timothy Dupree, Alexander Brown-Hinds, Evan Harris, Jarrett Lacey, John Muldrew and Tyrone Sutton; Also featured are five local poets: Alex Avila, Crystal Davis, Joesanna Osborne, Tamara Florence and Tashika LeSure. All of these young performers deliver their own unique and personal story through words and movement.

With Buck World One, Hinds challenges conventional notions of the stage through the use of popular culture by including elements of hip hop. This event is free and open to the public. For more information regarding this event, please contact Jennifer Tilton at (909) 748 8506 or Jennifer_tilton@redlands.edu

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