In a new and completely unique performance art experience, choreographer and artistic director Teo Castellanos brings a "hip-hop dance theater" work called "Fat Boy" to the Maui Arts & Cultural Center's (The MACC) Castle Theater on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m.
The work explores the themes of abundance and waste in America as opposed to scarcity and deprivation in the rest of the world, as told in a non-linear, surprising narrative through rhythm, dance and visual imagery. All this is to help make us globally aware of the dichotomies of greed and hunger, excess and deprivation, consumerism and inequality.
"Fat Boy" is a mash-up of cultural influences that takes us on an East-West journey involving Balinese rice cultivation rituals and mythology, surreal shadow-puppet characters and narration, Zen ritual movements and contemporary B-Boy (breakdance) choreography--all set to Jamaican dub music by Grammy-nominated DJ Le Spam.
“Fat Boy” propels the audience toward a questioning of consumerism and materialism, and an awareness of those who still struggle to eat on a daily basis.
The choreography has been described as "hip-hop moves that seem connected to ancient cultures and primal rituals in the new context... Castellanos has an amazing facility with tableaux."--AtlArts.com
"Fat Boy" represents a true mash-up--perhaps even collision--of cultures and contrasts, just as the socio-economic effects of globalization create division--and sometimes collision--between the "haves" and "have-nots" of the world. The work propels the audience toward a questioning of consumerism and materialism, and an awareness of those who still struggle to eat on a daily basis.
This is an amazing theater experience not to be missed by anyone with an interest in urban hip-hop contemporary theater, awareness of social responsibility or Asian-influenced performance. This show has it all!
Call 242-SHOW (7469) for tickets, or book online at MauiArts.org.