Local Hip-Hop Artist Baba Brinkman Makes Long Anticipated Return to Vancouver with The Rap Guide to Evolution – October 29 – November 10, 2013
Cultch patrons at last have the opportunity to see Vancouver actor and rapper Baba Brinkman perform his unabridged production of The Rap Guide to Evolution, October 29 to November 10, 2013 at the Historic Theatre at The Cultch. Combining the wit, poetry and charisma of a great rapper with the accuracy and rigor of a scientist, Brinkman takes audiences on a hip-hop tour of modern biology, with Darwin as his inspiration.
“After taking the Edinburgh Festival by storm, and a wildly successful run off-Broadway, it was time to give Vancouver’s own Baba Brinkman a proper homecoming,” says Cultch Executive Director Heather Redfern. “The Rap Guide to Evolution offers something for everyone; from the science buffs who will appreciate its precision, to the hip-hop aficionados who recognize its tight rhymes, this piece simultaneously stimulates the heart and the mind.”
The genesis of The Rap Guide stems from a comment by Dr. Mark Pallen, author of The Rough Guide to Evolution. After seeing a sizzling performance of Brinkman’s internationally lauded Rap Canterbury Tales, Dr. Pallen dared the discipline-mashing rapper to “do for Darwin what he had done for Chaucer.” Brinkman took up the challenge and strove for scientific and historical accuracy by consulting Pallen throughout the creative process, thus crafting the first peer-reviewed hip-hop show.
“In addition to exploring Darwinian evolution, I also speak to the evolution of hip-hop in The Rap Guide, combining two passions of mine,” says Baba Brinkman. “My hope for the piece is that it will stimulate another evolution; that audiences will see it and find a different way of looking at both nature and culture. Maybe they’ll find another way of relating to the world, and pass that on in their lives.”
By turns hilarious, provocative and sophisticated, The Rap Guide to Evolution is elevated by DJ and Music Producer Mr Simmonds, projection design by Wendall K. Harrinton, scenic design by Derek Stenborg, sound design by Ken Travis, lighting design by Jason Boyd, and direction by Dodd Loomis. Produced by Dovetail Productions and developed with the support of the British Council.
The Cultch presents Baba Brinkman’s The Rap Guide to Evolution
Date: October 29 to November 10, 2013
Oct 29, 8pm: Opening night
Oct 30–31, Nov 1-3, 5-10: 8PM
Nov 2, 3, 9 & 10: 2PM
Ticket prices: Tickets available from $18
Address: Historic Theatre at The Cultch
1895 Venables Street
Box Office: Online: tickets.thecultch.com
In person: 1895 Venables St.
By phone: 604-251-1363