Through dance and theater, Ms. Hannah shines a satirical spotlight on the role models, stereotypes and aspirations of black women as depicted by popular hip hop music and culture.
Delivered in five vignettes, this thirty-minute solo follows the main character, Ms. Five Star, as she strives to achieve the apex of five star womanhood by getting a good education and job, dating the right men, and “snagging that baller” – all with a nice booty and “everything did.”
Denae Hannah explains, “Black women and women of color are too often portrayed as stereotyped characters in popular hip hop culture. However, the effects on the women and girls who come to identify themselves as these human caricatures must be examined more closely and honestly. I know I’ll be the first to talk about how women are degraded in the music video but still drop it like it’s hot when the song comes on! Five Star Chick is raw, real and provocative. It’s both an introspective and over-the-top journey about a woman trying to live up to the image she sees projected upon herself by pop culture.
Ms. Hannah will also present the work of guest choreographer Monique Roberts. Ms. Roberts will show a solo entitled Contrary Divestment and a duet entitled Labyrinth.
Doors open at 7:30 pm, don’t be late!
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On street parking available or in nearby lots
A/C/G to Hoyt-Schermerhorn
2/3 to Hoyt
F/R to Jay Street-Metrotech
* For mature audiences
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