Press Release

For Immediate Release 

 

Event Date: February 24 to 25, 2017

 

American Roots Festival at the University of Saint Joseph Presents Point of Interest, Hip-Hop Dance Retrospective of 2016 Guggenheim Fellow, Raphael Xavier, West Hartford, CT

 

Raphael Xavier was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a USA Artist Fellowship for choreography in 2016, along with his Pew Fellowship from 2013, Xavier has been a breaking practitioner since 1983. An active alumnus of the world-renowned hip-hop dance company, Rennie Harris Puremovement, Xavier has gone on to forge an exceptional approach to improvisation, creating new ways to expand the vocabulary of the dance form. In his newest work, Point of Interest, Xavier tackles the natural, humorous and at times painful change of the maturing Breaker dancer.

 

 

Raphael Xavier. Photo Credit: Bicking Photography  

 

 

Raphael Xavier. Photo Credit: Brian Mengini

 

West Hartford, Connecticut, February 9, 2017 – As part of The American Roots Festival at the University of Saint Joseph, the Autorino Center for the Arts presents award-winning Point of Interest by Guggenheim, PEW Fellow and USA Artist Fellow Raphael Xavier, with support from the New England Foundation for the Arts.

 

The performance will be in the Hoffman Auditorium, located on the University’s main campus at 1678 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, CT, at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, February 24th and 25th, with doors to open at 7pm. Ticket prices are $25 for general, $20 for seniors.


Raphael Xavier was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a USA Artist Fellowship for choreography in 2016, along with his Pew Fellowship from 2013, Xavier has been a breaking practitioner since 1983. An active alumnus of the world-renowned hip-hop dance company, Rennie Harris Puremovement, Xavier has gone on to forge an exceptional approach to improvisation, creating new ways to expand the vocabulary of the dance form. In his newest work, Point of Interest, Xavier tackles the natural, humorous and at times painful change of the maturing Breaker dancer.
 
Director of the Autorino Center for the Arts, Steven Raider-Ginsburg said, “I love watching Raph impress and relate to the older and the younger generations. He’s an elder in the breaking community and is teaching hip-hop to seniors and youth alike. His work is masterful and there couldn’t be a better fit for dance in our American Roots Festival.”
 
Lauded by The Boston Globe as one of the “top 10 in the year of dance,” Point of Interest crackles with Xavier’s signature “bravado dance style” (Dance Magazine) and high-energy physicality as it follows a standard of traditional Breaking aesthetics and pushes the boundaries of this young culture and form.  Sharing the stage with a multigenerational cast, performing a series of solos, duets and quintets, the leading hip-hop artist shines a light on the natural, humorous and at times painful change of the maturing breakdancer.  Xavier’s goal is to open doors of possibility for hip hop dance and dancers, and to ambitiously continue to sustain his movement practice in the form.
 
The American Roots Festival at the University of Saint Joseph runs now through April 21st and features 7 acts of music, dance and theater, which cover a vast breadth and depth of uniquely American performative arts.
 
 
Tickets: $25 for Adults | $20 for Seniors, Let’s Go Arts and USJ Alumni| $15 Students with valid ID and can be purchased at the Frances Driscoll Box Office: 860.231.5555 or online at www.usj.edu/arts.

 

Web: www.usj.edu/index.php/arts/performing-arts/our-current-season

Phone: (860) 231-5555

 

Official trailer:
https://vimeo.com/186055246
 
FULL BIO:
 
Raphael Xavier, Artistic Director and Choreographer
An Award-winning artist originally from Wilmington, Delaware; Raphael Xavier is a self taught Hip-Hop dancer and Breaking practitioner since 1983, Raphael has forged an exceptional approach to improvisation. Brenda Dixon Gottschild deemed Xavier, ‘A fine rhythm technician who transforms a bravado dance style into an introspective meditation.’ A self-described Innovative Movement Conceptualist, Xavier creates new ways to expand the vocabulary of the dance form.
 
 
ABOUT:
 
The University of Saint Joseph (USJ) offers a wide range of graduate, undergraduate, and certificate programs that combine a professional and liberal arts education with a focus on service. Coeducational graduate master’s and doctoral degree programs are taught on the University’s two campuses in West Hartford and Hartford, Connecticut; at off-campus locations throughout the state; and online. Undergraduate programs for women and for coeducational adult students take place on our beautiful suburban campus and include more than 25 majors and seven pre-professional programs, each of which provides personal attention in a caring environment. Founded in 1932 by the Sisters of Mercy, the University of Saint Joseph welcomes students from diverse backgrounds and religious traditions.

 

To learn more: www.usj.edu.

 

 

Raphael Xavier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Media Contact    

 

Media Contact: Steven Raider-Ginsburg

Email: sginsburg@usj.edu

Phone: (860) 231-5529

 

University of Saint Joseph - Autorino Center For The Arts

West Hartford, Connecticut

Web: www.usj.edu/index.php/arts/performing-arts/our-current-season

 

 Calendar Listing

 

CALENDAR LISTING:

Event Name: Raphael Xavier's Point of Interest

Event Date: February 24 to 25, 2017

Event Time: 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, February 24th and 25th, with doors to open at 7pm.

Event Location: 1678 Asylum Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117

Admission: Ticket prices are $25 for general, $20 for seniors.

Web: www.usj.edu/index.php/arts/performing-arts/our-current-season

Contact: Steven Raider-Ginsburg, sginsburg@usj.edu, (860) 231-5529

Description: As part of The American Roots Festival at the University of Saint Joseph, the Autorino Center for the Arts presents award-winning Point of Interest by Guggenheim, PEW Fellow and USA Artist Fellow Raphael Xavier, with support from the New England Foundation for the Arts. The performance will be in the Hoffman Auditorium, located on the University’s main campus at 1678 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, CT, at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, February 24th and 25th, with doors to open at 7pm. Ticket prices are $25 for general, $20 for seniors. Raphael Xavier was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and a USA Artist Fellowship for choreography in 2016, along with his Pew Fellowship from 2013, Xavier has been a breaking practitioner since 1983. An active alumnus of the world-renowned hip-hop dance company, Rennie Harris Puremovement, Xavier has gone on to forge an exceptional approach to improvisation, creating new ways to expand the vocabulary of the dance form. In his newest work, Point of Interest, Xavier tackles the natural, humorous and at times painful change of the maturing Breaker dancer.

 


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