Department of Theatre, Film and Digital Production
A play written and directed by Rickerby Hinds
Buckworld One tackles the age-old question of our existence and purpose on earth. From the universal to the individual to the relationship between fathers and sons to our search for God, this production attempts to tell this expansive story through hip-hop dance, spoken word, and historical video footage in a multi-media presentation.
July 19, 2018
Thursday, 7:00 pm (Doors open at 6:45 pm)
University Theatre, HUMN 400
Admission is free and open to the public.
Rickerby Hinds is chair of the UCR Department of Theatre, Film and Digital Production and one of the pioneers of Hip-Hop Theater who has the unique ability to challenge conventional notions of the stage while taking advantage of its history and traditions. A native of Honduras who immigrated to South Central Los Angeles at age 13, his work draws on his multifaceted background to create theater that is simultaneously challenging, compelling and entertaining.
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Buckworld One tackles the age-old question of our existence and purpose on earth. From the universal to the individual to the relationship between fathers and sons to our search for God, this production attempts to tell this expansive story through dance, spoken word, and historical video footage in a multi-media presentation.
This electrifying Hip Hop Theatre performance fuses Krump dancing with spoken word and interactive video projections in telling the story of our existence in and connection to the universe as well as to each other. It features Krump dancers from the Inland Empire: Timothy Dupree, Alexander Brown-Hinds, Davion Clayton, D’emetrius Welch, Evan Harris, Jarrett Lacey, John Muldrew, Tyrone Sutton and Pierre Turner. The production also features four poets: Alex Avila, Crystal Davis, Joesanna Osborne, and Tashika LeSure.
These young performers deliver their own unique and personal stories through words and movement. The Krump dancers command the stage with the power, energy and creativity that is the hallmark of this dance style while the poets attempt to capture the intangible reality of what it means to be a human being. The fusion of these two art forms complimented by thought provoking and viscerally evocative projections merge to create this remarkable theatrical experience.
Buckworld One was developed through the CaliFest Theatre Worskshop under the guidance of playwright and University of California, Riverside theatre Professor Rickerby Hinds, one of the most influential individuals to come into the theatre world in a generation and a pioneer in the Hip Hop Theatre movement. He possesses the unique ability to challenge conventional notions of the stage through the use of popular culture infused with elements of hip hop culture, while remaining respectful of theatre’s long history and honoring its traditions.
More on Krump or Buck Dancing in the IE…
The Inland Empire suffers from many of the ills that plague similar regions throughout America: gangs, poverty and violence. Yet, in spite of the daily reality of their lives, young people from these neighborhoods are compelled to create art. In San Bernardino, Riverside, Redlands and Moreno Valley this art manifests itself in the unique hip hop dance called Krumpin’ or Gettin’ Buck. With movements that defy the eyes and athletic displays that would rival the rigors of any sport, young people gather in small, hot, cramped rooms, church fellowship halls, playgrounds, parking lots – any safe space – to get Buck. The dance employs athleticism, rhythm and acrobatics to create a style that is simultaneously beautiful and intense. Krumpin’ and Clown Dancin’ were popularized by the documentary film Rize and can be seen on a regular basis in music videos, TV shows and movies.
Each week throughout Southern California young people set aside their differences to participate in “Krump battles” in which they use dance moves instead of bullets. What may appear from a distance to be a fight in progress is actually the manifestation of amazingly creative and complex dancing conceived and executed by young people with no formal dance training and no motivation to dance other than their own need to express themselves artistically. With no youth theatre company and few performance spaces available, these weekly gatherings are, in many cases, the only opportunity for these young people to express themselves creatively. Buckworld One has taken Krump dancing and Hip Hop Theatre to the next level in a production unrivaled by anything previously seen on the American Theatre stage.