European Network Remembrance and Solidarity Die Motte Foundation

Gdansk 2015 - workshops

Creative writing&hip hop

Artist: Dan Wolf

“What is the story of the future when no one remembers the past?” The workshop will explore this question with the rhythms and rhymes of the written word. Using writing prompts we will compose poetry, prose, and rap to expose our emotions and express the complex natures of war, resistance, defence, freedom, revolution, and emigration. Armed with our words, we will fight to uncover and invent the symbols that create our historical narratives. We will look across cultures and histories to construct a language to express our thoughts and feelings, painting pictures with texts that can either be read on the page or performed. We will use words to empower us to dream a world that does not yet exist, remixing symbols to make them meaningful and constructing our collective future from the collected shards of the past.

 

Dan Wolf is an actor, rapper, playwright, director, producer and educator. His work crosses artistic and cultural borders to combine conventional theater styles with the themes, language, music, history and aesthetics of the Hip-Hop generation. Dan is a founding member of the critically acclaimed Hip Hop music and theater collective Felonious, Artistic Director of Sound in the Silence, and adjunct faculty at A.C.T. Dan is also the Managing Producer for 3200 Stories Media Team at the JCCSF, where he creates original content that instigates new ways to explore and express Jewish culture.

His play “Angry Black White Boy”, based on the novel by Adam Mansbach, premiered at Intersection for the Arts in October 2008, ran for 12 sold-out weeks and was named Top Ten Best Theater Plays by the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner. His play “Beatbox: A Raparetta” (co-authored with Tommy Shepherd) has been produced in San Francisco, Oakland, Petaluma, Germany, and at the New York Hip Hop Theater Festival. “Beatbox” is published by TCG in the Hip Hop Theater anthology “Plays from the Boom Box Galaxy”. His play “Stateless: A Hip Hop Vaudeville”, a hip-hop and beatbox infused theatrical collaboration with Tommy Shepherd, balancing German and Jewish history with the problems of racism and the African American experience, has been produced in San Francisco, Hamburg and New York. Dan co-created and performed in “Block By Block,” a multi-disciplinary performance that brought a San Francisco block party into the de Young Museum. Dan’s play “Anansi the Spider”, created in collaboration with Tommy Shepherd, toured to Bay Area schools for Marin Theater Company in 2012. Dan is currently part of a team of artists adapting “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop”, Jeff Chang’s seminal book on Hip Hop culture for the stage, premiering in January 2016 at Z Space in San Francisco.

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