ARATANI WORLD SERIES:
VERSA-STYLE DANCE COMPANY & CULTURE SHOCK LOS ANGELES
SATURDAY / FEBRUARY 11, 2017 / 7 PM
NEXT GEN HIP HOP PRE-SHOW PERFORMANCE / 6 PM / JACCC PLAZA
Two of LA’s most high powered and ethnically diverse hip hop dance squads- Versa-Style and Culture Shock LA break color lines and expand our understanding and definition of HIP HOP. Jackie Lopez (Miss Funk) and Leigh Foaad (Breeze-Lee) of Versa-Style Dance Company, and Allison Tanaka of Culture Shock Los Angeles, lead these superbly synchronized, disciplined, and visionary groups. The grit of street dance morphs into a whole new vision for HIP HOP as these companies draw upon dance theater, socially conscious themes, taiko drumming, vintage soul, Latin rhythms, and more.
Versa-Style’s Box of Hope brings haunting relevance to the Greek myth Pandora’s box. The language of hip hop brings into focus conflicts we face at this difficult time in history, in seeking an answer, Jackie Lopez says, “Hope is one of the most important things we have in this life.” Culture Shock LA’s performance For All People: A Tale of the Four Brothers tells an ancient Chinese fable using four unique styles of Hip Hop. With creative and artistic direction by Beau Fournier, David Lee, Ray Basa, Charles Nguyen, and Darren Wong, this is a tale of human weakness and conflict where the crews of each brother “battle” in the languages of breaking, locking, popping, and more.
CATCHING UP WITH CULTURE SHOCK LOS ANGELES
Click HERE to read the interview with Allison Tanaka, Executive Director and Sonia Park, Creative Director of Culture Shock LA in advance of the Aratani World Series kick-off on February 11, 2017.
"I think with any type of artistry, people have their own interpretations.. which is sort of the beauty behind it. Although we’re all about embracing your uniqueness, we stress the importance of knowing your roots and being educated of the history. Being a student is one of the first steps to nurturing and perfecting your craft." -- Sonia Park
Read the full interview here.
Sharing the stage for the first time be thrilled by the artistry of two of LA’s powerhouse Hip Hop groups. Driven by a desire to cultivate dignity, and respect FOR ALL PEOPLE both companies present fully staged theatrical works that not only showcase their enormous talent, but also inspire.
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC)
244 South San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012