Versa-Style Dance Company makes its Wallis debut with a three-night live engagement of its latest hip-hop dance-theater production, Box of Hope, on our outdoor pop-up stage. An evening-length work, Box of Hope fuses the vintage sounds of R&B and Motown using hip-hop dance to explore the root of the inequalities and hardships in today’s volatile social climate, specifically within underserved African American and Latino communities. It then goes deeper to uncover how those inequalities affect the family structure and dynamics.
The committed artists of Versa-Style bring hip-hop to the concert stage, pushing the boundaries of traditional hip-hop dance in order to share the realities of their lives, experiences and struggles within the varied and infinitely complex political and personal landscapes of Los Angeles. The dance company’s work gives voice to and a platform for an urban demographic that has experienced years of economic and racial oppression.
Above all, it brings a sense of understanding and hope for all people. KCET states, Versa-Style Dance Company “directly engages with civics…(and) as hip-hop artists, they’re uniquely equipped to perform in outdoor settings.”