FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (February 19, 2015) – As part of Fayetteville State University’s celebration of Black History Month 2015 the FSU Dance Ensemble (FSUDE), will present encore performances of their new show, Civil Rights and the Hip-hop Generation: Looking Back, Moving Forward.
A performance for high school students will be held at 10 a.m. on February 24 in the J.W. Seabrook Auditorium. A performance for the public will be held at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5. The show is a result of collaboration between FSUDE under the direction of Associate Professor of Dance Avis Hatcher-Puzzo, and Assistant Professor Brandi Berry and the video production students in the Department of Communication.
Civil Rights and the Hip-hop Generation: Looking Back, Moving Forward is a comparative look at the 1960-70’s, and today incorporating dance, spoken word, film and music. Hip-hop to ballroom to modern dance styles are performed as the FSUDE members presents works including Black Skinhead by Kanye West, Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday, and Hoodies a tribute Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and others.
Through the exploration of social history, the production seeks to reach out, educate and begin a communal dialog on how the hip-hop generation views various Civil Rights events by posing questions from the millennials to the baby boomers and vice versa. Historic and current topics broached include fatherlessness, the women’s liberation movement, gang violence and relationships.
Civil Rights and the Hip-hop Generation: Looking Back, Moving Forward was created through discussions and research conducted by FSUDE and the Video Production students, and is the expansion of a previous FSUDE dance entitled Man/Boy-Boy/Man. In 2013, the male dancers of FSUDE workshopped and developed Man/Boy-Boy/Man as a reaction to being young, male, black and talented. The dance addresses what they view as their options and their obstacles in today’s society, and was performed in the FSUDE concert in March 2014. Civil Rights and the Hip-hop Generation expand on these ideas to include other topics concerning all African-American youth today, and ultimately all millenials as it has been called, “not your parents Civil Rights show.”
PLEASE NOTE: This presentation depicts graphic images, strong language and adult situations.
FSU is a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina and the second-oldest public institution of higher education in the state. FSU offers nearly 60 degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. With more than 6,000 students, Fayetteville State University is among the most diverse institutions in the nation.
For more information, call (910) 672-1474.