The drumming will be done with various items that some might consider junk, as well as other household items not typically used to create powerful rhythms to be used as fuel for high-energy dance numbers.
“Street Beat is a polished, high-energy explosion of drumming and dance,” said Street Beat director Ben Hansen. “We take these two elements, drumming and dance, and turn them into the funnest party you’ve ever been to.”
In Saturday’s performance, three dancers will be joined by two drummers to bring the party that is Street Beat to life.
Strong tribal influences can be expected in the drumming, and the dancing will be mostly made up of the three main elements of modern street dancing: popping, locking and breakdancing. This combination of old and new is a defining feature of Street Beat and part of what makes it special.
Old and new aren’t the only opposing forces that Street Beat brings together, though. It also juxtaposes simplicity with complexity. According to Hansen, the elements of Street Beat are some of the most ancient art forms and are rooted in a primal simplicity.
“It’s really just a celebration of life, which is reflected in all of the different show numbers,” Hansen said.
But the show has a more complex side as well. It weaves together African, Cuban, Latin, West African and jazz influences to create a unique multi-layered experience.
“It was different from anything else I’ve ever seen,” said Tim Hendrickson, who attended a recent Street Beat show in New Mexico. “Their energy was infectious, by the end of the show I was weirdly pumped up.”
Pumping up the audience and providing a blast of energy through a theatrical combination of live music and dance is exactly what Street Beat aims to do.
“If you’re looking for a good fix of high energy and inspiration to just go for it, then this show is for you,” Hansen said.
There will be two shows on Saturday, one at 2 p.m. and one at 6 p.m. Tickets for both shows can be bought online or at the door, prices range from $9 to $12.
Music and Performing Arts Beat Reporter Katie Salka can be reached at email@example.com.