The Breaks

Painted Bride Art Center



Marc Bamuthi Joseph, the break/s. Photo by Umi Vaughan.

The Painted Bride Art Center engaged poet, dancer, and playwright Marc Bamuthi Joseph in a series of workshops with Philadelphia-area dance companies, including Montazh Performing Arts Company, Olive Prince Dance, and TaniaIsaacDance. Bamuthi Joseph’s residency in Philadelphia led to the creation of the break/s, a hip-hop dance work featuring live music by beatboxer Tommy Shepherd and percussionist DJ Excess that incorporates storytelling through personal narratives and diary entries. the break/s received its world premiered in 2008 at the Walker Art Center, and went on to tour nationally to venues including The Kennedy Center, Spoleto Festival, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, REDCAT, and others.