Commissioned by Dancing in the Streets and Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education, The Bronx Revolution and The Birth of Hip Hop is new multimedia work conceived and directed by Joanna Haigood in collaboration with Hip Hop legends DJ Theodore Livingston, aka GrandWizzard Theodore and internationally acclaimed photographer Joe Conzo, Jr.
The work is a poetic portrait of Hip Hop’s origins in the South Bronx in the 1970s and is structured around the personal narratives of five Hip Hop pioneers, including GrandWizzard Theodore, Joe Conzo Jr., Grandmaster Caz from the Cold Crush Brothers, BGirl Rokafella, and BG 183, a member of the graffiti collective Tats Cru. The show also features appearances by Grandmaster Melle Mel, Crazy Legs, DJ Jazzy Jay and Kwikstep. The artists tell their stories through through their distinct media—DJing, MCing, graffiti, and dance. The video design is by John Ensor Parker and 3_Search.