October 17, 2012
Rap Troubadour Inspired By Darwin And Chaucer
In New York City, you'd have to pay $50 for a ticket to one of Baba Brinkman's critically acclaimed off-Broadway performances. Victoria residents experienced Brinkman's unique brand of totally original hip-hop theatre back on the West Coast Oct. 24, as part of the University of Victoria’s 50th anniversary celebrations.
UVic-produced video of Baba Brinkman on Oct. 24, 2012 at UVic:
Brinkman is an award-winning Canadian playwright and rap artist, and an alumnus of UVic with a master’s in English literature. Currently based in New York, he uses the medium of hip-hop storytelling to communicate the most profound and provocative elements of evolutionary theory and ancient literature, crossing boundaries and expanding minds to create a whole new species of entertainment—equal parts comedy routine, TED Talk and rap concert.
His off-Broadway performances have been runaway hits. He has toured the USA, Australia and the UK, including two appearances at regional TED conferences and a performance live on MSNBC's top-rated primetime The Rachel Maddow Show, and his rap adaptations are now used in hundreds of classrooms. He even opened for Stephen Hawking at the Seattle Science Festival in June of this year.
Brinkman began developing his interests in Darwin and Chaucer at UVic and says he is now "thrilled and honoured" to be presenting both of his off-Broadway shows—with music and turntablism by DJ Jamie Simmonds—at his alma mater, hosted by UVic's Faculty of Humanities and the Victoria Poetry Project.
When: Wed., Oct. 24
"Baba Brinkman: The Canterbury Tales Remixed" from 2 to 4 p.m.
Event info: http://bit.ly/R56U0f
"Baba Brinkman: The Rap Guide to Evolution" from 8 to 10 p.m.
Event info: http://bit.ly/RbO235
Tickets: Tickets need to be booked in advance.
Call 250-721-8480, online at http://auditorium.uvic.ca/ or in
person at the UVic Ticket Centre.
Media advisory: High-resolution photos available upon request.
Public advisory: Please book through the ticket centre, as seating is reserved.
Tara Sharpe (UVic Communications) at 250-721-6248 or email@example.com
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UVic is celebrating its 50th anniversary from Sept. 2012 to June 2013. Visit www.uvic.ca/anniversary for more info.