"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 Per formance 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 per former’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.
|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.|