Performing in the Green Show's Culturefest Sunday, October 7th.
Full Circle Souljahs (matinee)
Hip-hop Dance Theatre
Syrian-American hip-hop artist/poet/peace activist performing in English and Arabic
FULL CIRCLE SOULJAHS
Powerfully inspired by various forms of street performance, Full Circle Productions has brought a complete spectrum of approachable and straight-from-the-heart Hip-hop culture into theaters: The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival, Dance Theater Workshop/NY Live Arts, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, OSF, and The New Victory Theater, among others.
This NYC based company was founded in 1992, under the direction of dancers/choreographers Gabriel "Kwikstep" Dionisio and Ana "Rokafella" Garcia and attained not-for-profit status for Full Circle Prod. Inc. in 1996. Their mission has been to educate and share the idea that Hip-hop is not merely what contemporary media portrays. Hip-hop culture is at its core about real people striving to change and grow; it's about survival and moving past limitations using the power of creativity through the body, beat and the song. Full Circle has recently added the documentary film All the Ladies Say, a 45-minute journey into a cross section of women who participate in the male dominated Break Dance community, to its productions. The film has been screened at NJPAC for Alternate Routes, Lincoln Center's Dance on Camera film festival and the UK's Southbank Centre for the B Supreme Women in Hip-hop festival, as well as universities and dance academies. In addition, Full Circle has also added live music (the RPM band; the 'Behind The Groove' Club Party) to their interactive platform.
Full Circle Soul on Community: We serve the urban community of Latino, Asian, and African American youth but since Hip-hop is multi-generational and multi-ethnic, our dance and urban storytelling resonates with anyone who loves art.
Omar Offendum is a Syrian-American Hip-Hop artist - born in Saudi Arabia, raised in Washington DC, and living in Los Angeles. Known for taking audiences on a lyrical journey from the jasmine-tree-lined courtyards of Nizar Qabbani's Damascene homes, to the flooded riverbanks of Langston Hughes' Harlem Renaissance poems - Offendum has been featured on several major news outlets, toured the world to promote his ground-breaking music, helped raise thousands of dollars for various humanitarian relief organizations, lectured at a number of prestigious academic institutions, and most recently been involved in creating several critically-acclaimed songs about the popular democratic uprisings throughout the Middle East & North Africa. He is currently hard at work promoting his solo release - affectionately dubbed SyrianamericanA.
Omar Offendum on Community: My community are people of conscience with discerning taste & an open mind.
(photo: Full Circle Souljahs)