KAIROS Dance Theater and Medicine Wheel Productions teamed up to create BATTLE. Inspired by Medicine Wheel’s Shane Hampton: “You have beef with me…then let’s dance it out,” BATTLE blends contemporary dance, krump, hip hop, live music and visual art; and features youth from Dorchester, South Boston and Roxbury and professional dancers from KAIROS Dance Theater. Moving together to the live music of Emily Stewart and Akili Jamal Haynes, they carry woo den panels etched with the hand-prints of residents from around the city and face each other on the crossroads of clan, identity, unity and the human condition. Who has power? Who controls the threshold? Who gets access? Who is exiled?…in light of recent events in Ferguson the politics of turf are personal and the BATTLE for inclusion is real.
BATTLE premiered at The Strand Theater and the Boston Convention Center in the summer of 2014.