From Hip Hop to Homer
Hip Hop Theatre is an outgrowth of African Orature. Orature is a term that is used to foreground the unique skills and production of the oral artist and to give this work and process equal weight and legitimacy next to written texts. Orature is a means of preserving the history and culture of individual peoples through performance. This art includes storytelling, proverbs, riddles, chants, call-and-response, songs, gesture/mime, as well as other simultaneous presentational techniques. In Orature, important cultural information is passed down from generation to generation. It is a living, spontaneous, and responsive art and the oral artist relies on both memory and improvisation.
The role of the Emcee (or MC) in Hip Hop culture compares to the storytelling narrator found in cultures around the world. The MC functions as the communal voice of a group and helps to express the issues, values, triumphs and struggles of a community. From Hip Homer to Homer illustrates this tradition in its many forms from oral narrative in classical theater to the more contemporary spoken word of Hip Hop music and poetry. To register, go to denverlibrary.org/fresh or call 720.865.1206.