National Poetry Slam champion and Morehouse alum Marc Bamuthi Joseph is headlining Can't, Don't, Won't Stop -Taking Spoken Word to the Next Level at the Rialto this weekend. The event, which is presented in partnership with the National Black Arts Festival, also features New York-based ensemble company Universes.
Part spoken word part theater with a little jazz and hip-hop thrown into the mix, Can't, Won't, Don't, Stop is a vibrant sensory experience and a collection of the freshest spoken word out there.
Joseph who started his career as a kid on Broadway has since appeared on Russell Simmons' Def Poetry and is a leader in arts education and curation. This weekend he'll perform "The Break/s," which explores the conflicts between his public identity as an artist and his private identity as a man living in the era of globalization. Expect honest, heart-driven rhymes and a stage taken over with dance and song.
Opening act Universes is lead by four core members: Steven Sapp, Mildred Ruiz, Gamal Abdel Chasten and Ninja. Their work is a dynamic fusion of poetry, jazz, hip-hop and politics. They'll perform "Live from the Edge" which highlights the communal nature of poetry. The work involves the language of everything from childhood rhymes to theater to gospel.
$32-$59. Oct. 2&3. Rilato Center. 404-413-9800. www.rialtocenter.org
Here's a video for a little taste of what to expect.
(Photo courtesy the Rialto Center for the Arts)
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