The Just and The Blind

The Just and the Blind

Daniel Bernard Roumain, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Drew Dollaz
January 16, 2020

This event occurred as part of the 19/20 Hop Presents season. This is an archived view.

A multimedia journey into the world of young urban men.

19/20 Hop Presents

Through a series of vignettes, The Just and The Blind takes us into under-heard experiences of incarcerated youth and their families. As "fathers of brown sons," composer-violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain and spoken-word artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph have created this multi-media work in reaction to the tragedies of racial profiling and the prison-industrial complex. The longtime collaborators are joined by flexing street dance pioneer Drew Dollaz, bringing mind-blowing movement to the mix of music, words and evocative projections.

In a special collaboration for the Dartmouth residency, the performance will also include vocalist Stephanie Goldsmith, a regular guest soloist with the Dartmouth College Gospel Choir.

A 2017 TEDGlobal Fellow and Bessie nominee, Joseph graced the cover of Smithsonian Magazine as one of America's Top Young lnnovators in the Arts and Sciences and was an inaugural recipient of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship, which annually recognizes 50 of the country's greatest living artists. Dance Magazine named him a Top Influencer in 2017. Roumain's acclaimed work as a composer and genre-bending violinist spans more than two decades and collaborators as diverse as Philip Glass, Bill T. Jones, Savion Glover and Lady Gaga. Dollaz is a pioneer of flexing, a Brooklyn-based genre of street dance also referred to as bone breaking, which is characterized by rhythmic contortionist movements. His collaborators include Madonna, Rihanna and the New York City flexing collective Next Level Squad.

Stay after the show for a discussion with the artists, including a short film screening.

The Top of the Hop Bar will be open Thu, Jan 16 from 6–11 pm. Bring your ticket for $1 off a drink; Hop Members at the Investor+ level receive a complimentary drink.

“[A] raw, cry from the soul ... driven by Mr. Joseph’s stinging, brilliant words.”

New York Times

“Infusing artistic expression with social activism and their shared experience as Haitian-American men. ... a multidisciplinary work that examines racial injustice and juvenile incarceration.”

The New Yorker

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About the Performers

Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Daniel Bernard Roumain
Drew Dollaz

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Hanover, NH

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