The Dance Center Columbia College Chicago

B-Real: A Look Inside Urban Movements

FEBRUARY 17th through March 1st

Expanding and elaborating on its presentation of hip-hop artists in February 2014, The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, partnering with the college’s School of Fine and Performing Arts and Radio Department, continues its 40th season with “B-Real: A Look Inside Urban Movements,” a convergence of local, national and international hip hop and house dance music workshops, performances and conversations February 17–March 1.

Prompting this series of events are the overlapping Dance Center residencies by France’s Compagnie Käfig/CCN Créteil et du Val-de-Marne performing February 20–22 and Philadelphia hip-hop performer Raphael Xavier performing February 17–March 1.

“‘B-Real" is a constellation of workshops, classes, performances and conversations orbiting around The Dance Center’s 2013–14 40th season presentations of Compagnie Käfig, a hip-hop ensemble from France with a cast of Brazilian dancers, and Philadelphia breaker Raphael Xavier,” said Dance Center Executive Director Phil Reynolds. “The two-week series of events will provide Chicago artists and audiences multifaceted opportunities to explore and engage in urban dance forms.”

Schedule of Events: 

Dancemakers Session

Monday, February 17, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Old Town School of Folk Music
4545 N Lincoln Ave, Szold Hall
featuring Mourad Merzouki, artistic director of Compagnie Käfig; The Dance Center's new DanceMakers series features leading contemporary dance artists offering insight into their choreographic process. Pre-registration is required. >REGISTER

B-Real Two-on-Two Breakin' Battle

Tuesday, February 18, 6–11 p.m.
Stage Two
618 S. Michigan Ave.
Phaze II School and The Dance Center at Columbia College Chicago presents: "B-Real 2-on-2 Breakin' Battle" - $300 Cash Prize!
Featuring Brazilian street dancers from Compagnie Käfig, and locking demo by iLL Kozby (10 yr member of Mop Top Crew and Rennie Harris Pure Movement). Co-organized by Kelsa Robinson and B-Boy Wicked. $300 cash prize. To preregister for the battle (20 duo slots only!) at 

Host: BraveMonk /Phaze II /ASK
Judges: J-Boogie /SelfX crew, Wicked /Phaze II & Shorty / Brickheadz
DJ's: Illanoiz / Armory Massive & Shon Roka /Brickheadz

Panel & Workshops

Friday, February 21
Stage Two
618 S. Michigan Ave.
•  12 noon –2 p.m.: “B-Boys B-Men: Moving With/In Our Masculinities,” a panel conversation featuring Compagnie Käfig Artistic Director Mourad Merzouki; Philadelphia hip-hop artist Raphael Xavier; 2013 MacArthur Genius Award winning choreographer Kyle Abraham; Phaze II crosstown crew member  Eric Delgado “B-Boy Wicked” and Moncell “ill Kozby” Durden of Rennie Harris Puremovement and Mop-Top Crew, moderated by Dance Center Chair Onye Ozuzu.  This panel is co-sponsored by The Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media and in partnership with Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago's performance series.

•  2–3 p.m.: Breakin’ Workshop with Raphael Xavier
•  3–4 p.m.: Funk & Ol’ School Hip Hop Workshop with Moncell “ill Kozby” Durden

Symposium: Dance Music Evolution: The History of House Music in Chicago

Saturday, February 22, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Stage Two
618 S. Michigan Ave.
Symposium: “DANCE MUSIC EVOLUTION: The History of House Music in Chicago,” sponsored by the Modern Dance Music Research and Archiving Foundation in collaboration with Columbia College Chicago’s Radio Department and Honey Pot Performance. DANCE MUSIC EVOLUTION will explore the origins of House Music in Chicago and also offer a critical review of modern House Dancing and the social effects of House Music via panel discussions, House Dance workshops, performances and live DJ demonstrations. Dance Music Evolution unpacks the braided histories of Chicago house music and dance culture to understand its aesthetics and ways of making cultural meaning through a diasporic/global lens. Born from the experiences of youth, people of color and alternative sexualities in urban locations such as Chicago, NYC and Detroit, house is an embodied response to disempowerment and marginalization.The panels will be populated by House Music pioneers including award winning songwriter/producers, music scholars and academics.  The symposium is curated by DJ Charles Matlock, archivist Lauren G. Lowery and scholar and dance performance artist Meida McNeal.

View full schedule of events. 

Find out more about the presenters and workshop leaders. 

B-Real MC Battle

Monday, February 24, 6–10 p.m.
1104 S. Wabash Ave.
MC Battle hosted by Raphael Xavier with judges Ang 13, Tomorrow Kings & Pugs Atomz. Special performances by Lamar Jordan, Adam "Defcee" Levin and DJ Seanile. $200 cash prize. To preregister for the battle (18 slots only!) please e-mail: dance or contact audience & community engagement consultant Baraka de Soleil at 312-369-8341.

All B-Real events are free and open to the public. Call 312-869-8330 for more information.  Performances for Compagnie Käfig and Raphael Xavier are ticketed - find out more information on performances on The Dance Center's 40th Anniversary Season.