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date: 16 October 2019

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This chapter is an inquiry into contemporary hip-hop theater and dance as one of the latest genres of concert theater that is steeped in an Africanist aesthetic with multiracial proponents. This Africanist theatricality engages embodiment of the word and music. Growing out of the expressive street forms of rapping, deejaying, and breaking, it provides a needed rejuvenation of Western theater and dance. The chapter examines the “mashup” as a complex interdisciplinary, intercultural high-stakes negotiation. Locating hip-hop dance within both hip-hop theater and postmodern performance (dance and theater) the chapter analyzes the work of an important genre that uses movement as the primary medium of storytelling. The result of the mashup is a conjuring magic that pushes the limits of what it means to be human and offers fuel for social change.

Keywords: hip-hop dance, Africanist aesthetic, nommo, embodiment, conjuring, mashup, social change

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