The Underground: Street Chronicles @ USC
Rather than listen to politicians drone on about the plight of the underserved, check out how smart street kids cope with stress: street dancing. Witness the latest in street dance with L.A.-based Underground Street Company’s premiere production of The Underground: Street Chronicles. Accompanied by a rapper, krump founders Lil “C” and Miss Prissy take center stage with seven other dancers to “tell” their stories of personal struggles, mainly through krumping. Originating in South Central L.A., this thrilling, energetic dance style fuses breakdancing, hip-hop, Jamaican dancehall and traditional African dance. Moves such as chest pops, arm swings and foot stomps express emotional release. This is a provocative performance that speaks volumes about the state of our community. Following the performance, Annenberg professor Sasha Anawalt moderates a conversation with the dancers. Bovard Auditorium, USC, 3551 Trousdale Parkway, University Park; Tues., Sept. 3., 8 p.m.; free, resv. required. (213) 740-0483, usc.edu/dept/pubrel/visionsandvoices.
— By Heidi Dvorak
Price: free, resv. required