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STREET BEAT is a kinetic, maximum energy explosion of urban rhythm and dance, utilizing junk, household items and found objects for drums and percussion and featuring the pinnacle of modern “street” choreography.
We merge African, Cuban, Latin, West African and jazz concepts to create a theatrical show that is simultaneously multi-layered in its richness of experience and pure simple joy in its delivery, as thrilling to watch as it is to hear.
The infectious nature of STREET BEAT is that we take the most ancient of art forms – drumming and dancing – bring it to the modern stage and draw the audience into its magic.
STREET BEAT is as intimate as a heartbeat and as boisterously crowd-pleasing as the best party you’ve ever been to!
Artistic Director: Ben Jansen
What is Street Beat?
Street Beat is the marriage of drums and dance, framed in a vibrantly theatrical setting. But it’s more than that, because seeing a Street Beat show is like going to the wedding of drum and dance, and having the best time of your life.
What’s the philosophy behind Street Beat?
Dancing and Drumming are surely the most ancient art forms of homo sapiens, and they are absolutely wedded together, two sides of the same thing. The beat of the heart, running across the savannah, this is the primal expression of what it is to be alive for humans. And it’s all one thing. So, we are practicing the primal, tribal art and transplanting it to the modern urban landscape. It has never died. It changes, it evolves; it is a living thing.
“My wife dragged me to Street Beat as part of her campaign to stay contemporary. I thought anything labeled urban was something you rolled up your windows to keep out, but you young people put on a heck of a show. It was exciting, it was funny and, you know, it did make me feel contemporary. Nice going!“ Fred C., Philadelphia, PA [Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts]