East London West Sydney
With one of the UK’s leading and most recognised hip hop theatre figures Jonzi D at the helm as Director, East London West Sydney, which began with an innovative online collaboration, is now gearing up for an intensive artist residency at ICE in Parramatta.
Over the next four weeks, seven of London’s and Sydney’s established hip hop stars, including BrothaBlack, MC Trey, SistaNative, Omar Musa, Farid Farid, Maxwell Golden and Sarah Sayeed, will embark on the project’s creative development phase, exchanging ideas and pushing the boundaries of hip hop theatre experience. This will culminate in an industry showcase on Tuesday 18 August.
Lena Nahlous, Director of ICE and SWITCH, said:
“We are very excited about the East London West Sydney project, particularly for the potential it has to challenge expectations and stereotypes about hip hop culture while presenting new forms of storytelling within the hip hop genre.”
Made possible by a partnership between ICE and the British Council, East London West Sydney will explore themes relating to the urban experience, every-day struggles, identity and the individual’s place in society. Focusing on word flow, storytelling and movement, the performance will also be inspired by the personal experiences of each of the artists who represent a range of different cultural backgrounds.
Potential local and international sponsors, presenting partners and community members will be invited to the showcase on 18 August at Thom Mann Theatre in Surry Hills.
Following, the artists will work towards the major production and performance season set to take place in early 2010.