Q: What do you get when you mix random junk with broomsticks, body-slapping, bongo drums, urban rhythm, and explosive modern dance?
A: You get the fierce and fiery urban drum and dance troupe Street Beat!
Street Beat, a scrappy band of drummers and dancers, storms the stage at CAM-PLEX Heritage Center Theater this Friday for one night only! Join the fun from 7 - 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8 at the CAM-PLEX Heritage Center Theater, 1635 Reata Dr. Gillette, WY 82718.
From ordinary to extraordinary
According to founder and director Ben Hansen, the Los Angeles-based group takes inspiration from African, Cuban, Latin, West African, jazz, and funk concepts. And, as their name suggests, they use unorthodox instruments made from household and homemade items — think trash cans, tire rims, water buckets, and bottles — and fuze them together with modern hip hop and breakdance choreography to create high-energy rhythms reminiscent of Stomp.
Street Beat further incorporates acrobatic movement and mixed martial arts resulting in a dynamic and complex performance you won’t want to miss!
Critics have called their thrilling stage production of its all-origional gritty street-style performances, “… an urbanized journey through percussion.” But, Hansen views this one component of his life’s work in the industry as more of a transcendent mechanism from which to transport each member of every audience for which they perform.
“I often think of Street Beat as a time machine. We take the ancient past, bring it into the immediate moment and point toward the future, dancing all the way.” – Director Ben Hansen
Access the arts
And, CAM-PLEX has worked with Wyoming Arts Council to make the price of Friday night’s performance accessible for almost all Campbell County families: $4 for active military, students, seniors, and children under 12, and $6 for the general public.
Tickets are available online and at the CAM-PLEX Ticket Office. For more information on Street Beat or its upcoming Friday night performance at CAM-PLEX, click here or contact the venue by phone call to (307) 682-8802.
“I love seeing the young people getting motivated and inspired by what we do, and having them desire to possibly be a drummer or dancer someday.” – Choreographer Jacob ‘Kujo’ Lyons