“BeatBox MEETS Popping” celebrates Muslim heritage
PUTNEY - The Next Stage Bandwagon Summer series, Brattleboro School of Dance, and SideStream Studio will present Next Stage’s 2022 artist-in-residence Amirah Sackett on Saturday, July 2, 6 pm, at the New England Center for Circus Arts.
International artists Sackett and Ahmed Zaghbouni, aka MR MiC, will join forces to bring a fun and energetic performance entitled “BeatBox MEETS Popping.”
Sackett is a hip-hop dancer, choreographer, and educator based in Chicago, IL. Her signature style is the funk style dance known as “popping.”
As a proud Muslim American, she combines Islamic themes with her dance to share the universal beauty of her faith with audiences of different faith backgrounds to promote unity and understanding.
Zaghbouni is an international beatboxer and filmmaker from Sousse, Tunisia. His performance always entertains the audience with disbelief by the sounds he creates using only his mouth and voice as an instrument. He is proud of his Muslim heritage and the Sufi faith traditions native to his home of Tunisia.
These two Muslim artists, bonded by faith and their love of hip-hop, offer a counter-narrative to the media’s portrayal of Muslims.
Both Zaghbouni and Sackett are dedicated to preserving and sharing hip-hop culture with the next generation and audiences around the world as well as being examples of using art for social change.
Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the gate, and children under 12 are free. This show is included in the Bandwagon Series pass. For more information and updates go to nextstagearts.org.