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Primary Souce: Documenting, Archiving & Preserving Local Hip Hop Histories

Nov 30, 2012, 7pm-10:30pm

Manual Labour, Manifesto, and York University's Department of Dance co-present PRIMARY SOURCE: Documenting, Archiving & Preserving Local Hip Hop Histories. A trio of speakers will discuss Toronto street dance culture and explore pivotal points in the local dance movement's history.

Andrew “Andycapp” Hicks is a DJ, community arts promoter and filmmaker who holds an MA in Global Film Cultures. He will address the cultural and political milieu of New York City's Lower East Side, South Bronx and Times Square in conjunction with collaborative artworks, alternative media spaces (clubs, bars, parks, abandoned warehouses, television studios) and technologies (Super 8, 16mm, video) and how these art practices might be used as inspiration for future collaborative work in Toronto.

Dr. Mary Fogarty is assistant professor of dance at York University and author of  "Each One Teach One: B-Boying and Ageing," a chapter in a new anthology Ageing and Youth Cultures (Berg 2012). She will discuss her research on the significance of video mediation for the cultural memory of b-boy/b-girl history, focusing on the value and impact that underground b-boy videos had for the local Toronto history scene in the 1990s.

Robin “Rocabye” Coltez is the creator of Fat Laces, an online magazine documenting hip hop street dance culture from a Canadian perspective, covering various styles of street dances such as bboying, popping, locking and house. While teaching breaking and freestyle hip hop/house dancing from 2001 to 2011, Coltez delved into what inspired him him to begin street dancing, and to search for and document the stories of influential Canadian street dancers, past and present. In his talk, he will focus on the factors that led to the hiatus of breaking in Toronto in the mid 1980s.

Admission is free and all are welcome.


Location:Manifesto Studio, 37 Bulwer St. (behind the Rivoli), Toronto
Sponsor:Department of Dance, Faculty of Fine Arts
Posted by:Prof. Mary Fogarty
Web Sitehttp://themanifesto.ca/
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