Center for Performing Arts - "Flow" - November 12 - continued
First presented at the 2003 New York City Hip-Hop Festival, Flow tells the story of a young rap artist on a mission to save the African American oral tradition. He joins forces with – and takes the role of – seven community storytellers, all of whom face the pitfalls of modern urban society. As they tell their specific stories, small but significant life lessons are tossed toward the audience through compelling rhymes and rhythms. The message is clear – we must continue to tell our stories, and pass on our lessons – but the storytelling, filled with feverish energy, is nothing short of inspirational.
Will Power, the creator of “Flow,” has been lauded as a pioneer in the emerging genre of hip hop theater. “Flow” received the theater trophy at the 2004 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival and Power has received many other awards for his acting and writing. According to The New York Times, “Flow” “combines the complexity of serious drama with the visual and sonic arsenal of MTV.”