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We are a nyc based mutli ethnic collective of Hip-hop artists who provide educational programming as well as uplifting performances that fuse Hip-hop aesthetics with theater.
Full Circle Productions, established as a non profit in '96, is embarking on its ninth year of blazing cutting-edge Hip-Hop on local and international stages, streets, cyphas, and the industry. Dance veterans B Boy Kwikstep and Bgirl Rokafella have proved the fearless staying power of the 'hood by impacting the theater realm with street aesthetics, commercial mediums by urging a return to the elements and stepping to the sometimes resistant educational forums by just doing what comes natural. Full Circle proudly references its roots and style to street performing in NYC.
The company began as a duo which then invited retired Hip-Hop DJ & B boy royalty to relight their fire and reclaim their crowns. Before long, the phone wouldn't stop ringing and their cast grew to include Beatboxers and MC's of all ethnic backgrounds -not to mention enough love to spare for women to train and represent equally. Performances were requested for local memorials, festivals, and fundraising efforts. Members have the freedom to belong to other area crews and/or to create their own groups so there is a network of interactive empowerment (or as we say "Fam") of elders and youth.
In the span of its underground & independent existence, Full Circle has gone from hosting international contemporary companies for exchange to representing Hip-Hop at places once intangible to the street vibe such as The Library of Congress in Washington D.C., where they have the credit of being the first Hip-Hop group to grace the stage. This soulful resilience is what keeps this company in demand -bringing true NYC struggle to the surface as a way of survival.
Music videos, tours, commercials and films have featured members and students of Full Circle Prod as a testament to the idea that art can become your career if you are disciplined and ready to take risks. Recently, a short documentary "Visiones - Latino Culture in the U.S." aired on PBS highlighting the ups and downs of running a company, maintaining street credibility and holding on to your cultural background. Workshops, outreach, and residencies is the other way Full Circle gives back and replenishes the cycles of growth in the community.
It is possible to be everywhere at the same time and Full Circle has the formula..360 degrees of Hip-Hop flava!
- Kenneth Jones
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