the rossini project | summer 2019

The Rossini Project is a text-, music- and movement-based adaptation of Rossini’s opera ‘The Barber of Seville’ featuring Hip-Hop MCs and street dance artists performing with a live DJ and beatboxer to remix a story of interracial love as a house party that puts the audience at the center of the action.

The project updates and reframes the opera’s interracial story (featuring African-American, Latinx and Caucasian characters) within the elements of Hip-Hop to create a unique live house party with the audience on its feet. Through the cathartic and unifying energies of Hip-Hop culture, this immersive experience builds a sense of community among performers and audience-participants.

Ultimately, the Rossini Project allows its audience to follow one of the opera’s most thrilling love stories in a joyful, immersive and kinesthetic way, taking the genre of Hip-Hopera to the next level and sharing it with audiences diverse in age, race, mobility and musical interests.

Following a successful partial workshop in June 2018, the Rossini Project returns to the Pivot Arts Festival in Summer 2019 in a full-length production.

This project was developed with support from the Pivot Arts Incubator Program.

Bounce into the workshop rehearsal room and meet the collaborators on The Rossini Project, a text-, music- and movement-based adaptation of Rossini’s opera ‘The Barber of Seville’ featuring Hip-Hop MCs and street dance artists performing with a live DJ and beatboxer to remix a story of interracial love as a house party that puts the audience at the center of the action.

Developed at Chicago Fringe Opera in association with BraveSoul Movement and with support from The Pivot Arts Incubator Program.

See the complete archival video of THE ROSSINI PROJECT at https://youtu.be/--VqjCqDgmY.

The Battle between Figaro’s crew and Bartolo’s crew begins. From L to R: Dancer (K-Soul), Almaviva (Mikey to the P), Figaro (Nosa), Beatboxer Yuri Basho Lane, Bartolo (Tommy Solace), Dancer (Keisha).

Beatboxer Yuri sets up the rules for the battle with just sounds…

… while DJ Oliver Fade uses beats.

Almaviva attacks Bartolo…

…and Bartolo retaliates.

K-Soul gets ready to dance.

Rosina (Pinqy Ring) asks for the mic…

…and attacks Bartolo.

Dancer Ayala breaking…

…and Dancer Bravemonk replying.

Bartolo attacks Figaro (Nosa).

…but Beatboxer Yuri declares Figaro the winner!

The crowd celebrates Figaro’s battle victory over Bartolo.

The tools of the MC.

The tools of the Beatboxer.

The tools of the Breaker.

The tools of the Scratch DJ.

In rehearsal. From L to R: Mikey to the P, Tommy Solace, Pinqy Ring, Nosa.

Description

[06/2018]
CREATIVE TEAM
composer & producer | K. F. JACQUES
choreographers |
‘K-SOUL’ & ‘BRAVEMONK’ @ BRAVESOUL MOVEMENT
dj | OLIVER FADE
beatboxer | YURI BASHO LANE
recitative composer & producer | ‘KECHI

CAST [alphabetical by artist name]
almaviva | MIKEY TO THE P
figaro | NOSA
rosina | PINQY RING
bartolo | TOMMY SOLACE

PRODUCTION TEAM
designer | PATRICK RIZZOTTI
associate director | NATALJA AICARDI
photographers | STEVE SCAPARDINE & JULIANA LISCIO
videographers | JIM POOLE & SCOTT PARKER

For

chicago fringe opera | pivot arts festival

Type

music theater experience | workshop