Hip Hop and theatre. Two powerful performance forms. Two amazing ways to tell stories. What happens when you put them together? In Spiritrials, commissioned and produced by Oakland’s Youth Speaks and presented by Portland’s own Boom Arts, Los Angeles-based Def Poetry Jam alum Dahlak Brathwaite does just that, touching on issues like racial profiling, religion and faith, addiction and drug policy, criminal justice, and human imperfection through his own personal story. This virtuosic creator/performer, past winner of the Brave New Voices National Poetry Slam, flows seamlessly between rap, song, and storytelling, accompanied by beats and samples spun live from the turntable by DJ Dion Decibels and performing against a backdrop of lush projections by Joan Osato. Mr. Brathwaite’s funny, insightful, poignant, fiercely original creation is a do-not-miss performance experience. Check out Boom Arts’ web site, www.boomarts.org, for a full list of pre-and post-show programming, and head to Dead Prez at Dante’s after the Spiritrials performance on April 22nd for the official Spiritrials after-party.
Note: Boom Arts season subscribers who attend Spiritrials will receive free admission to the official after party featuring right-on-time rap revolutionaries Dead Prez, April 22 at Dantes. Spiritrials’ DJ Dion Decibels spins a special set alongside a squad of Portland’s finest rappers, including Mic Crensahw, Libretto, Mat Randol, and Maze Koroma. (This after party is for adults 21 and up.)