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Marc Bamuthi Joseph: Poet, Dancer, Arts Educator, & Social Activist

Start Time:   2/11/2014 12:40 PM

End Time:   2/11/2014 1:55 PM

Location:   Performing Arts Center

Marc Bamuthi Joseph is one of America's vital voices in performance, arts education, and artistic curation. In the Fall of 2007, Bamuthi graced the cover of Smithsonian Magazine after being named one of America's Top Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences. He is the artistic director of the 7-part HBO documentary "Russell Simmons presents Brave New Voices"" and an inaugural recipient of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship, which annually recognizes 50 of the country's "greatest living artists". In May 2011, Bamuthi was announced as the year's Alpert Award winner in Theater. After appearing on Broadway as a young actor, Joseph has developed several poetically based works for the stage that have toured across the U.S., Europe, and Africa. These includeWord Becomes Flesh, Scourge, and the break/s, which co-premiered at the Humana Festival of New American Plays and the Walker Art Center in the Spring of 2008. Bamuthi's most recent work is red, black & GREEN: a blues(rbGb), a full-length, multimedia performance work designed to jumpstart a conversation about environmental justice, social ecology and collective responsibility in the climate change era. Bamuthi's proudest work has been with Youth Speaks where he mentors 13-19 year old writers and curates the Living Word Festival and Left Coast Leaning. “Aesthetically urban, pedagogically Freirean, I derive personal performed narratives out of interdisciplinary collaboration. This work as writer and performer reflects an evolving aesthetic that integrates spoken word poetry with contemporary movement to birth a new theatrical form based on hip hop aesthetics. The approach is populist, intentionally instructive, and demonstrably experimental in terms of literacy and literary form. I EXPLICITLY seek to present art that reflects and inspires transformation on personal and collective levels, and that constructs safe space for this transformation to take place.” Marc Bamuthi Joseph This performance is part of CGCC's Black History Month Celebration.

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