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Hip-hop in the spotlight at Miami Nov. 10-19

Miami’s Performing Arts Series is sponsoring several events to create an awareness of hip-hop art forms and culture.

Thomas DeFrantz, associate professor of music and theatre at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will give a free multimedia presentation, “Hip-Hop 101: B[l]ack to the Future,” 4-6 p.m. Nov. 10 in 100 Laws Hall. DeFrantz has written about gospel music, hip-hop dance, black Broadway and the African-American presence in ballet, in works including Monk’s Mood: A Performance Meditation on Thelonius Monk.

DeFrantz has also been a consultant on several PBS programs including “Free to Dance,” a documentary on African-American Dance, “A Hymn for Alvin Ailey” and “Rennie Harris Rome and Jewels.”

The Rennie Harris Puremovement company will be in residence Nov. 17-19, for workshops including interactive jam sessions for Talawanda Middle School and Miami students. The project is supported by the Ohio Arts Council, the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour and the Heartland Arts Fund.

The company is committed to providing audiences with an accurate view of the essence and spirit of hip-hop rather than the commercially exploited stereotypes portrayed by the media.

Tickets for the company’s performance, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, in Hall Auditorium, are $5 for Miami students and youth, $8 for senior citizens and $10 for other adults.

For information, call the box office at 9-3200 or order online at

Date Published: 11/06/2003
Volume: 23   Number: 14


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