A free performance by Marc Bamuthi Joseph that combines hip-hop dance, poetry, live music and visual arts comes to Kalaniana’ole Hall tonight at 6 p.m.
Joseph, a National Poetry Slam champion, performed “Word Becomes Flesh” recently at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. It has been described as a fluid choreo-poem presented as a series of performed letters to an unborn son. Using these contemporary art forms, Joseph documents nine months of pregnancy from a young single father’s perspective.
“Word Becomes Flesh” is Joseph’s third play and has already been performed in Seattle, Washington, D.C., Houston and New York. It is now being presented internationally.
Joseph, a veteran of the Broadway stage originally from New York City, lives in Oakland, Calif. He has been the featured artist on the past two seasons of Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry on HBO and a recipient of 2002 and 2004 National Performance Network Creation commissions. In 2006 he was a U.S. Artist Rockefeller Fellow in theater art and was named one of the Top Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences by the Smithsonian.
When Joseph landed on Molokai yesterday, he was greeted with leis by students from the Hawaiian Language Immersion Program at Molokai High School.