From the Ground Up

From the Ground Up: A Celebration of Hip Hop Culture

From the Ground Up: A Celebration of Hip Hop Culture is a vision developed by Ordway’s Artistic Director of Programming, Dayna Martinez. Co-curated by 2018 Sally Award winner and Maia Maiden Productions Curator and Director, Maia Maiden, this two-day extravaganza pulls together artists and experiences from a variety of mediums, and includes several performances, workshops, master classes, panel discussions, lobby activation, and Ordway Extras. Artists and experts from both the local and national scenes will be featured at events that will be intergenerational and welcoming. This truly will be a celebration of Hip Hop and Black culture, right here in Saint Paul!


FEATURED EVENTS

ROOTED: Special Edition featuring Tish Jones, Carnage the Executioner, and Desdamona

ROOTED: Special Edition

Featuring Tish Jones, Carnage the Executioner, and Desdamona

This celebration of the foundations of Hip Hop, created and curated by Maia Maiden, exhibits the skills and techniques of the finest choreographers in the Twin Cities. ROOTED: Special Edition, an extension of the award-winning ROOTED: Hip Hop Choreographers’ Evening, is a high-energy performance where audience members can share space with Minnesota’s diverse Hip Hop community.

ROOTED: Hip Hop Choreographers’ Evening is a celebration of the foundations of Hip Hop—the first and only choreographers’ evening focused exclusively on dance under the Hip Hop umbrella and its roots. Like kinesthetic technicians, the finest Hip Hop artists in Minnesota will illuminate the stage, featuring old-school favorites, up-and-coming talent, and women. ROOTED, the only show of its kind embracing the history of Hip Hop culture, has sold out every year since its debut in 2009. #DoItForHipHop

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25 | ORDWAY CONCERT HALL | MORE INFORMATION

Caravan: A Revolution on the RoadCaravan: A Revolution on the Road

Terence Blanchard and the E-Collective have collaborated with choreographer Rennie Harris’ company, Puremovement, and sculptor/projection mapping artist Andrew Scott to create a new work. Caravan: A Revolution on the Road is an expansion on themes explored on the first E-Collective recording and tour. These artists will create a multi-disciplinary performance that transcends racial and social boundaries, and breathe new artistic life into conversations on personal and collective identity in relation to social and political structures. Following the release of Breathless, an elegy for Eric Garner, Blanchard expressed that “we’ve been having dialogues for far too long with no actions, no change.” The forceful, yet inclusive energy of this new project encourages the audience to make yet another step toward positive social change.

Blanchard’s fusion of jazz, R&B, blues, funk, and soul will synergistically interweave with Harris’s approach to movement, which represents a kind of archaeology of the human spirit through vernacular African American dance styles. Scott’s conceptually-based visual projections and installations, which are rooted in African and African American art and culture, will seamlessly integrate into the overall artistic narrative. The skeleton of the work will examine these larger societal issues, while the individual nuances of the stories will reflect the life experiences of each artist and their thoughts and feelings about black lives in the 21st century.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26 | ORDWAY MUSIC THEATER | MORE INFORMATION


MORE WAYS TO JOIN THE CELEBRATION

Hip Hop Brunch with Soul Bowl

Sunday, October 20th | 11:00AM–3:00PM 
Soul Bowl at Graze Provisions + Libations
520 4th Street North, Minneapolis

We’re mixing it up with Soul Bowl and Graze Provision + Libations to bring a fun event where you’re invited to have brunch at Soul Bowl while enjoying live music with DJ Huh What and EMCEE SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE! More details to come!

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Master Class with Rennie Harris Puremovement

Saturday, October 26 | 10:00AM
Ordway Drake Room

Rennie Harris Puremovement’s company members are well versed in the vernacular of Hip Hop, popping, locking, stepping, breaking, house, and other styles that have emerged from the African American and Latino communities of inner-city America. These masterclasses include exercises to develop muscle strength, flexibility, and stamina. The basic movement and techniques are defined, practiced, and developed into combinations. Hip Hop styles are explored as sources for inspiration and vocabulary for choreography. The movement is technically tied to complex and often challenging, invigorating, and uplifting driving rhythms.

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Ordway Pre-Show Extra:
Hip Hop as a Tool for Education

Friday, October 25 | 6:30PM
Target Atrium, Ordway

FREE TO ROOTED: SPECIAL EDITION TICKET HOLDERS

Arrive early to ROOTED: Special Edition for an Ordway Extra panel that explores the five elements of Hip Hop: DJing, MCing, breakdancing, graffiti, and knowledge. Panelists Jason Noer aka B-Boy J-Sun, Tish Jones, and Rodney Hill from Rennie Harris Puremovement, discuss how Hip Hop can be a force for societal change in a dialogue curated by Maia Maiden, curator and director of Maia Maiden Productions. This panel is moderated by Jamie Edwards and Brett Buckner, co-hosts of KFAI’s Beats, Rhymes and Democracy.

Plus, experience a unique art installation featuring fashion by Neil Taylor of True Headz Clothing, including his trademark caps that celebrate old school fat laces—and that spirit of unrestrained creativity—in a new way.

Creating with Krump Basics: Krump Dance Workshop with Herb “Fair Warning” Johnson III

Saturday, October 26 | 1:00PM
Ordway Drake Room

FREE

Come learn combos and basics of the street dance style krump with nationally and internationally recognized leader of the Kaution Family, Herb “Fair Warning” Johnson III. The workshop is free, but space is limited, so don’t wait to reserve your spot!

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Ordway Pre-Show Extra:
Art Healing the Wounds of Social Injustice

Saturday, October 26 | 6:30PM
Target Atrium, Ordway

FREE TO CARAVAN TICKET HOLDERS

Join us one hour before Caravan: A Revolution On the Road for a conversation moderated by Robin P. Hickman, CEO and Executive Producer of SoulTouch Productions, founder of Taking Our Place Centerstage, and Ordway Organizational Strategist.

Plus, experience a unique art installation featuring fashion by Neil Taylor of True Headz Clothing, including his trademark caps that celebrate old school fat laces—and that spirit of unrestrained creativity—in a new way. Stop by our partner’s table to learn how the Castile family, community members, and local organizations are coming together to honor the life and humanitarianism of Philando Castile through The Community Peace Garden, a gathering space for peace, justice, and healing.


FROM THE GROUND UP ON THE RADIO

Beats, Rhymes and Democracy Radio Panel Discussion I

Monday, September 23 | 6:00–7:00PM
KFAI’s Beats, Rhymes and Democracy

FREE

Tune in to 90.3 FM/106.7 FM or stream from kfai.org to learn about this amazing celebration of Hip Hop with Maia Maiden and DJ Digie, who will be on the show to talk about From the Ground Up!

Beats, Rhymes and Democracy Radio Panel Discussion II

Monday, October 21 | 6:00–7:00PM
KFAI’s Beats, Rhymes and Democracy

FREE 

Tune in to 90.3 FM/106.7 FM or stream from kfai.org for a dialogue about how Hip Hop can be a force for societal change with Jason Noer (B-Boy J-Sun) and Tish Jones as they join Maiden and DJ Digie.

Maia Maiden Productions