‘Braid Tales’ at Governors State University
Powerful poetry, incredible footwork and vibrant urban culture will come together in “Braid Tales” at the Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University in University Park.
Slated for Jan. 26, the show will bring the language and stories of the streets to life through hip-hop theater, spoken word and intricate graffiti art.
“This electrifying double bill features a diverse explosion of genres and styles influenced by classical music, hip-hop, jazz and modern dance,” officials said.
A multidimensional street art production, “Braid Tales” weaves real life stories through the lens of the Kuumba Lynx peace poets and Chicago’s nationally renowned FootworKINGz.
The South Shore Drill Team also will be featured in this show.
“Braid Tales” is the second One More Night production in the Center for Performing Arts’ 2012-13 season.
One More Night is billed as bringing the best in Chicago theater, music and dance to Chicago Southland audiences.
“Quality performances are always affordable and close to home,” official said.
The One More Night series is funded by a grant from the Chicago Community Trust.
Chicago radio station WPWX-FM (92.3) is the media sponsor for “Braid Tales.”
The show is a touring production of Kuumba Lynx, a Chicago-based arts and education organization founded in 1996 to foster love, understanding, and respect in young people.
The production is the basis for an upcoming book highlighting 16 years of successful teaching and performance art within Kuumba Lynx programming.
“From the root to the tip, ‘Braid Tales’ represents expression woven together to craft urban voice,” the book states.
“ ‘Braid Tales’ is the journey to one’s heart, the passing of our stories and connecting ancestral life lessons to future dreams. It is our thoughts intertwined and protected.”
FootworKINGz was founded in 2007 as a professional dance ensemble with a mission to attract global recognition to Chicago’s unique style of footwork.
An energized lower-body movement that evolved as a response to house and juke music, footworkin’ features a highly sped-up house sound of up to 160 beats per minute.
FootworKINGz has appeared nationally and around the globe including appearances on TV shows “America’s Got Talent,”“America’s Best Dance Crew” and Ellen DeGeneres’ “Ellen’s Really Big Show.”
The South Shore Drill Team is well-known for its dynamic precision drilling and a range of dance routines.
Founded in 1980 to offer a positive and creative outlet for inner city youth, the drill team now has more than 300 members and performs at more than 125 events a year.
The South Shore Drill Team marched in the inauguration parade for President Barack Obama on Jan. 21.
“Braid Tales” includes adult language and is not recommended for children younger than 15 years old.
The final two shows in 2012-13’s One More Night series will be “Shakti Chakra — the Energy Cycle,” presented by Natya Dance Theatre, on Feb. 16 and Orbert Davis’ Chicago Jazz Philharmonic presenting “DuSable to Obama: Music from Chicago’s Black Metropolis” on March 10.
The Center for Performing Arts’ box office is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and two hours prior to performances.
Student discounts are only available by phone or in person and require a valid school identification card.
Multibuy/Megabuy packages are available at the Center for Performing Arts.
Patrons can choose any three or four shows and receive the Multibuyer discount or choose any five or more shows and receive the Megabuy discount.
In addition to the savings, package-holders receive ticket exchange privileges with 72-hour notice or more, priority seating and more.
Packages are available for purchase through the box office only and are not available online.
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