The Dance Center Columbia College Chicago

'The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance,' Raphael Xavier, photo provided by artist.

Raphael Xavier

The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance

FEBRUARY 27, 28 AND MARCH 1, 2014 | 8:00PM  

"Artful and mesmerizing, Xavier transforms a bravado dance style into an introspective meditation." — Dance Magazine

"Xavier abstracts the hip-hop vocabulary loosening it from its usual musical moorings." – Dance Magazine


The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance is an evening-length autobiographical dance that is the culmination of Philadelphia-based breakdancer Raphael Xavier’s 30 years of experience in hip-hop genres. Xavier plays with the rhythms of rap, break dancing and narrative to draw parallels between the performer’s body and the stage itself. The new work, directed by Ralph Lemon and featuring poet Leigh Nelson, deconstructs Xavier’s lyrics and breaking technique and, through rap cadences delivered as conversations, gives audiences insight into the maturing practitioner’s life journey as well as a context for viewing the artist’s work.

PLEASE NOTE: Saturday performance attendees - due to an event at Soldier Field on Saturday at 5 pm we anticipate limited parking. Please consider public transportation options as there will be very limited on-street parking and increased parking rates.


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Post-Performance Conversation 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

B-Real: A Look Inside Urban Movements - Workshops, Performances and Conversations

February 17-March 1, 2013

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.


Photo Images

Press downloads of images can be found on Flickr. Simply click Dance Center link to Flickr set and click on desired image.  Right click and select size of download.


The Dance Center’s presentation of Raphael Xavier is funded, in part, by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew Mellon Foundation. Additional funding provided by the National Performance Network (NPN) Performance Residency Program.