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Line Breaks 2019 (free)


  • Memorial Union Play Cirlce 800 Langdon Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

The First Wave program's annual festival spans five days of performances, talks, and workshops. Info

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The annual Line Breaks festival showcases work from students (and alums) of UW-Madison's First Wave hip-hop arts program, who over the years have built an ever-evolving community that embraces music, dance, spoken-work, visual art, filmmaking, and theater. The word "multidisciplinary" gets thrown around a lot in academia these days, but these artists are truly living it in the most fertile of ways. The 13th Line Breaks, like past editions, focuses heavily on performance, including a closing-night music showcase with artists including Basi and Synovia Alexis and a variety of group and one-person shows that you can expect to incorporate varied elements of theater, movement, and poetry (from performers including Ricardo Cortez de la Cruz II, Jasmine Kiah, Isha Camara, and Jamie Dawson). James Dante Gavins, an accomplished dancer and musician who graduated from First Wave and now runs a youth performing arts program at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Green Bay, will be on hand for a workshop and performance. Poet Natasha Oladokun, the program's inaugural First Wave Poetry Fellow, will be presenting work alongside some of her creative-writing students. Filmmaker Tiffany Ike will be showcasing several works, and Mackenzie Berry will be discussing her documentary The Louisville Lip, which examines Muhammad Ali's influence on hip-hop and giving a talk titled "Research in Practice: A Case for Addressing Mass Incarceration through the Arts." That's one of quite a few "flash talks" in the lineup this year, which seems to be a pretty new element for the festival. —Scott Gordon

Earlier Event: March 31
All Quiet On The Western Front (free)
Later Event: April 3
Mitski, Jay Som