SALEM, MA – Boston natives Billy and Bobby McClain, The Wondertwins, present To Hip-Hop, With Love at Salem State University’s Sophia Gordon Center on Saturday, January 27 at 7:30 pm. With the technical facility of hip-hop, the sophistication of the glory days of the Cotton Club, the flash of Rat Pack era Las Vegas, and elements of vaudeville, robot, tap, and mime, The Wondertwins create a distinctive style all their own.
The evening is made up of three separate pieces: Broadway to Hip-Hop, Sounds of Movement, and L.OV.E. With an eclectic soundtrack of music ranging from legendary rappers Busta Rhymes and KRS One, to the classic voice of Sammy Davis Jr., and poetry from Maya Angelou, To Hip-Hop, with Love offers a kaleidoscopic view of African American entertainment traditions. The evening will conclude with a post-show conversation with The Wondertwins and Salem State dance professor James Morrow.
The award-winning duo, known as street dance pioneers, have headlined at Jacob’s Pillow “Unreal Hip Hop” & Inside/Out Dance Festival, Brooklyn Dance Fest, Rochester University, Southern Vermont, Dance Festival, Colby College, UraGano Italy, Concepto Vimen Mexico, TedX talks Boston, David White’s Tap The Yard, DanceNOW Boston, DanceNOW NYC, Joe’s Pub, Dixon Place, The Dance Hall and The Music Hall Loft. They are six-time winners of Showtime at The Apollo Theater and have performed a record 16 appearances on the Apollo Stage.
This performance is sponsored by Salem State University’s Music and Dance Department, Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and Center for Creative and Performing Arts (salemstate.edu/arts).
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