Jun 1, 10, 2018

A workshop sample of The Rossini Project
Developed with support from the Pivot Arts Incubator Program

The Rossini Project is a text-, music- and movement-based adaptation of Rossini’s opera ‘The Barber of Seville’, featuring Hip-Hop MCs and street-dancers to remix a story of interracial love as a live dance party that puts the audience at the center of the action.

The workshop presentation, running 20-30 minutes, will showcase the opening four numbers of the intended, full-length production.

Original music by Gioachino Rossini
Original libretto by Cesare Sterbini
Based on the play by Pierre Beaumarchais

New Music by K. F. Jacques and ‘Kechi
Beatboxing by Yuri Basho Lane

New text by (in alphabetical order)
‘Kechi, Mikey to the P, Nosa, Pinqy Ring, Tommy Solace

This project is partially supported by a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.

Cast

Artistic Team

Concept & Stage Direction
Composer & Producer
Choreographers
Kelsa 'K-Soul' Robinson and Daniel 'BRAVEMONK' Haywood
Rosina
Pinqy Ring
Almaviva
Mikey to the P
Figaro
Nosa
Bartolo
Tommy Solace
DJ
Beatboxer
Recitative Composer & Producer
‘Kechi
Dancer
Dedrick "D. Banks" Gray
Dancer
Keisha Bennett
Dancer
Christopher "Ayala"

Media

Supported by The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation