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A multimedia excursion across planet hip-hop, the break/s is presented in verse, dance and film, which dramatically realizes the living history of the hip-hop generation through the performed personal narrative of poet Marc Bamuthi Joseph. The break/s brings together thematic ideas that Bamuthi has been exploring for many years with Jeff Chang’s landmark hip-hop history Can’t Stop Won’t Stop to chronicle a generation’s political and social longing to make culture that impacts the world.

Marc Bamuthi Joseph, originally from NYC, is an arts activist currently living in Oakland, California. A National Poetry Slam champion, Broadway veteran, GOLDIE award winner, featured artist on Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry on HBO and inaugural recipient of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship, Bamuthi’s performance schedule has carried him from dance apprenticeships in Senegal and Cuba to teaching fellowships in Bosnia and Japan. His proudest work has been with Youth Speaks where he mentors 13- to 19-year-old writers and co-curates the Living Word Festival.

Co-production of The Living Word Project & MultiArts Projects & Productions/MAPP. the break/s is being developed during residencies at Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia, PA; University of Wisconsin at Madison; Z Space and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, CA. The project has received generous support from the Wallace A. Gerbode Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, Zellerbach Family Foundation, East Bay Community Foundation, Creative Capital, The James Irvine Foundation and the Ensemble Theatre Collaborations Grant Program.