Hip Hop on the traditional stage? And not to be missed. B-Boy J-Sun shares a rare glimpse into his kinetic world and will change our misconceptions and stereotypes about Hip Hop culture this weekend at the Cowles. (The Cowles Center)
Surprise, surprise, I am not the oldest in the class, though maybe the least "cool." But the whole endeavor, besides being a good workout, allows me to get completely outside myself and pretend - for just a moment - I might be rocking out in an award winning music video, that I'm a back up dancer for Rhianna or Lady Gaga.
My fabulous teacher is Arturo Miles and he dances professionally with one the best in The Cities, Jason Noer, B-Boy J-Sun.
I popped over to the Cowles last season to see my teacher dance and was absolutely electrified by J-Sun's ensemble - and J-Sun himself. His work is anticipates the rhythm, is absolutely natural and organic, and it takes this urban, clubbing, kind of dance form and turns it into an art form fit for the stage.
Of course what blew me away the most was when J-Sun and Dancin' Dave performed to music from my world - Beethoven's Fifth. Sure, there was an underlying beat and it wasn't purely classical, but they revealed the poise, the inner rhythm, and the stunning revolution of this music in a whole new way. You can see for yourself.
B-Boy J-Sun performs this weekend and I asked him to swing by for a little classical playlist and to enlighten us on how music informs and inspires his work.
Local paper shines spotlight on Tesfa
The Star Tribune's Kristin Tillotson has written a profile piece about Classical MPR's Choral Works Initiative manager, Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, calling him "a charismatic man from Tennessee" who puts the cool in choral.