The Rossini Project is a text-, music- and movement-based adaptation of Rossini’s opera ‘The Barber of Seville’ featuring Hip-Hop MCs and street dance artists performing with a live DJ and beatboxer to remix a story of interracial love as a house party that puts the audience at the center of the action.
The project updates and reframes the opera’s interracial story (featuring African-American, Latinx and Caucasian characters) within the elements of Hip-Hop to create a unique live house party with the audience on its feet. Through the cathartic and unifying energies of Hip-Hop culture, this immersive experience builds a sense of community among performers and audience-participants.
Ultimately, the Rossini Project allows its audience to follow one of the opera’s most thrilling love stories in a joyful, immersive and kinesthetic way, taking the genre of Hip-Hopera to the next level and sharing it with audiences diverse in age, race, mobility and musical interests.
The June workshop presentation, running around thirty minutes, showcased three numbers from the intended full-length production. For more information on how you can be a part of the next developmental step of ‘The Rossini Project’, contact George at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project was developed with support from the Pivot Arts Incubator Program.
Bounce into the workshop rehearsal room and meet the collaborators on The Rossini Project, a text-, music- and movement-based adaptation of Rossini’s opera ‘The Barber of Seville’ featuring Hip-Hop MCs and street dance artists performing with a live DJ and beatboxer to remix a story of interracial love as a house party that puts the audience at the center of the action.
Developed at Chicago Fringe Opera in association with BraveSoul Movement and with support from The Pivot Arts Incubator Program.
The Battle between Figaro’s crew and Bartolo’s crew begins. From L to R: Dancer (K-Soul), Almaviva (Mikey to the P), Figaro (Nosa), Beatboxer Yuri Basho Lane, Bartolo (Tommy Solace), Dancer (Keisha).
Beatboxer Yuri sets up the rules for the battle with just sounds…
… while DJ Oliver Fade uses beats.
Almaviva attacks Bartolo…
…and Bartolo retaliates.
K-Soul gets ready to dance.
Rosina (Pinqy Ring) asks for the mic…
…and attacks Bartolo.
Dancer Ayala breaking…
…and Dancer Bravemonk replying.
Bartolo attacks Figaro (Nosa).
…but Beatboxer Yuri declares Figaro the winner!
The crowd celebrates Figaro’s battle victory over Bartolo.
The tools of the MC.
The tools of the Beatboxer.
The tools of the Breaker.
The tools of the Scratch DJ.
In rehearsal. From L to R: Mikey to the P, Tommy Solace, Pinqy Ring, Nosa.