Herb Johnson III and J-Sun

Thursday, May 17, 2018Friday, May 18, 2018
10:30 am – 11:30 am

Goodale Theater

Description: Unpacking issues of gender inequality, privilege, appropriation, and homophobia, up-and-coming and established Twin Cities’ Hip Hop choreographers challenge notions of what Hip Hop dance is and will be.

From the artists: “We are a comm(unity) of artists investigating issues of power, tradition, and identity through dance forms in the continuum of Hip Hop culture. A reflective and intersectional lens is used in our explorations of these forms from their origins to current incarnations. Practitioners in many of these forms like Krump, House, and Rocking do not identify as Hip Hop dancers so we employ the term “urban and street expressions” to be respectful of each style’s history and culture.”

About Herbert Johnson III: Herbert Johnson III graduated from Perpich Center for the Performing Arts in 2010 and studied three years at Lundstrum Center for Arts. Herb is now at the University of Minnesota as a Hip Hop dance instructor. He currently choreographs and performs solo and in groups 612 Crew, DeadPool, and Kudeta. Professional work includes iLuminate from “America’s Got Talent”, ROOTED, and Ordway's "A Chorus Line" commercial and performance. Herb also travels the nation as his alias “Jus Herb” to compete in battles in places like Los Angeles, Chicago, and Las Vegas. In the future, Herb plans to continue traveling and challenging himself creatively in performance, choreography, and battles to further optimize his talents.

About J-Sun: J-Sun is a veteran practitioner, choreographer, and teacher of breaking, rocking, and New Jack Swing. He designed his Bachelors of Arts degree - The B-Boy Movement within Hip Hop Culture - and his Masters of Liberal Arts degree - A Practitioner’s Guide to Applying Hip Hop Pedagogy in K-12 Education. His current PhD work in Theater Arts at the University of Minnesota explores different issues affecting the Twin Cities urban expressions community like gender inequality, leadership, and the impact of immigrant populations. J-Sun’s choreography investigates these issues alongside other dance-makers from the Twin Cities’ urban and street expressions community.

The Cowles Center’s Student Matinee program introduces students to professional dance performance through interactive daytime performances in the historic Goodale Theater (formerly The Shubert). With highly subsidized tickets at just $5 per student, The Cowles Center’s Student Matinees are affordable and accessible opportunities for metro area students to engage with the performing arts.

All matinees last one hour, including approximately 50 minutes of dance performance, and 10 minutes of interactive dance activities and Q&A with the artists. Prior to each matinee, all attending educators receive an Interactive Study Guide from The Cowles Center, which includes artist and performance information, dance vocabulary lists, multimedia resources, classroom activities, and theater policies.

During Student Matinees, students are encouraged to be active participants rather than passive observers; students are invited to question dance, engage their curiosity, envision themselves as dancers and art-makers, and move their bodies either from their seats or on the stage.

Target grade level: K-12th grade students

Cost per child/student: $5
Cost per adult/educator: $5

Individual homeschool families and groups are invited to attend student matinees at The Cowles Center at the same discounted rate as school groups. For more information, visit thecowlescenter.org

Reservations: Request tickets online. The Goodale Theater is a 500-seat house and can sell out quickly. You will receive a confirmation email shortly after placing your reservation. An invoice with payment instructions will be sent in September. Payment is due no later than 3 weeks prior to the matinee date.

Seating policy: No physical tickets are issued. Seats are assigned by seating chart based on size of group, accommodation needs, and grade level. Check in with the Cowles Education Department staff upon arrival at the theater.

Cancellation policy: If you must make changes to your reservation, you may do so by emailing Hannah Elias, Administrative/Finance Assistant, at helias(at)thecowlescenter.org up until 3 weeks before the matinee date, at which point payment is due and all reservations are final. Refunds cannot be issued after that date.

Sibling policy: Parents are asked to use their best judgment as to whether or not their younger children will be disruptive to other audience members. Everyone attending the matinee will need a ticket, even babes in arms.
Parent/guardian/educator policy: All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

For more information, contact Elyse Chambers, Education Manager, at 612-206-3643 or echambers(at)thecowlescenter.org or visit thecowlescenter.org


Information subject to change. Please check with The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts for the most current information.