Are you ready to shake things up? Get ready for Street Beat, a kinetic, maximum-energy explosion of urban rhythm and dance, utilizing junk, household items and found objects for drums and percussion and featuring the pinnacle of modern “street” choreography. It will hip hop, break dance and vibrate the walls of The Ridgefield Playhouse on Saturday, September 19, at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. when this Los Angeles-based group of urban percussionists and dancers bangs out its high-energy show. Merging African, Cuban, Latin, West African and jazz concepts to create a theatrical show that is simultaneously multi-layered in its richness of experience and pure simple joy in its delivery, is as thrilling to watch as it is to hear. This show is about driving rhythms, hot moves, cool lights and experiencing something born on the streets of L.A. It’s an unforgettable blend of motion, music and rhythm – an exciting addition to the Ridgefield Academy Family Series, Palm Bay International World Beat Series and Ridgefield Magazine Broadway and Cabaret Series. This is cutting-edge stuff. As they say on So You Think You Can Dance, this is going to be “buck.” Visit Genoa Deli (113 Danbury Road, Ridgefield) for lunch or dinner before the show and get a free bag of chips with your purchase when tickets are presented. Media sponsors for the event are Fairfield Parent Magazine and 98.3FM 98Q.
There are eight members in this troupe of drummers and dancers, who mix street-style moves with urban rhythms. The show’s creator and director (as well as drummer and composer) is Ben Hansen, who started Street Beat in 2004 as “a creative outlet for himself to express the art of drumming, music and performance at the next level.” His other “levels” were expressed in his studies at the Drummers Collective in New York, the Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen, Denmark and performing with Grammy-winning artists. “Get ready for a night of high-energy entertainment,” Hansen said. “We are bringing a modern day urban show of music and dance all tied together with a great deal of comedy and audience participation. This will be an insight into the thrilling world of music and dance, where everyday items are transformed into the ultimate modern day show. We are super exited!”
For tickets ($37 adults, $25 children), call or visit the box office at The Ridgefield Playhouse, (203) 438-5795, or order online at ridgefieldplayhouse.org. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a not-for-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT.