Friday, January 8, 2016

The beauty that is 5P1NOK10 (Spinokio)......!

Hello Luvs,

We find ourselves in a new year! What a time we will have.

As always I like to use this blog as a vehicle in which I share people and/or items which inspire me. I know that you have many things on your plate, and I always want to offer up something that will resonate and engage. 

So, on December 30th the kiddos and I experienced the beauty of the Hip Hopera 5PINOK10 (pronounced Spinokio) at the Nasher Museum located in Durham. It is a take on Carlo Collodi's 'Pinocchio'. Before I get into this work of art I need to share my moments up til then. First off, it was raining cats and dogs.....and I am NOT exaggerating! The rain was coming down like a blanket and several of the roads were beginning to flood. However, this was not going to stop me and the kiddos from attending. I was prepared for it to keep people away (which would have been unfortunate). Boy was I wrong. The parking lot was full and there were lines at the pay stations. Oh, and I did mention that it was raining baby know me, I am a wimp when it comes to extreme weather and I admit it wholeheartedly! ;-)

Once we entered the building there was a line to pay and another to enter the performance space! So, what inspired all of these families to come out in such weather? As it turned out he museum had to add a show (and live steam the second showings overflow) because of the turnout. They knew what I knew....we were there to experience performance art brought to us by the artists Tarish Pipkins (Jeghetto the Puppetmaestro) and Pierce Freelon (multitalented artist) along with his band The Beast.

Before I get into the actual performance I should elaborate more about these two Gentlemen. Each stands on their own as an artist. To see them on stage together was a treat to behold.

Tarish is an artist I featured previously on my blog. You can revisit it here: He began his performance career in Pittsburgh. He is a painter, rapper, educator, and muralist just to mention a few of just talents. However, it is his genius when creating (yes, he does create these gems out of recycled material) his puppets that has caught everyone's attention. I should add that I believe that it was MORE THAN PAST THE TIME  for this. So often artists are not appreciated for their gifts. Especially ones that warrant it. I digress.....! If you have seen Missy Elliott's WTF video or performance at The Voice finale then you have seen his work. He brought life to Pharrell for both. There are big things in line for him, and I would not be alone when saying that it could not happen to a nicer person.

Tarish with the other puppeteers. Brentton (hoodie)
is one of my Committee Members
Pierce and members of The Beast
Pierce is someone of whom I heard so many wonderful things about. He is an educator, poet, singer, artist, and beatmaker. He has received numerous accolades for the passion and love he puts into educating young minds. It was partially through this that I first heard mention of his name. Via the Commission I am a member of he submitted his beatmaking lab  project up for consideration to receive additional funding. The goal of the program along with it's far reaching capabilities made it a no brainer selecting him and his partner. You can find out more about the program/community here: To experience his skill along with the body swaying sound of his band The Beast (a Hip-Hop Jazz quartet) was an additional pleasure.

** Together they spit rhymes and Tarish beatboxed....LUVED!**

So now that you know a little more about them I can share the work 5PINOK10. For me, this Hip Hopera tackles the struggle our society faces with violence, oversite of our actions, and realizing our individual identities. I am sure there were others who experienced something different. After all, this was/is an art piece. What is art but a means in which we are challenged to interpet, experience, inspire, etc., etc., etc? We are more likely to come away with a different perspective simply because we are all free thinkers and souls shaped by our life experience. I believe that this piece (of which Pierce shared with me came from a freestyle session) with it's language and racial pride was meant to do all of the above things all while entertaining a diverse audience.
Oh My Nina!

There were images of constellations, warfare, and the artists Tupac and Nina Simone (ya know they had me there....!). All of these which for me added a sense of recognition that those who are no longer with us offered up a wisdom that still resonates.

Then there were the puppets! Because I am unable to load their pictures directly you can see them on the Museum's Blog here: The Hip Hopera had brought us Jeghetto, 5PIMOK10, a soldier, and the troubled soul that was Jeghetto's son. The latter's journey was one about making choices and whether you choose to embrace the negative influences that surround us in today's society. Because the truth of the matter is that even though the timeline was set in the future, there are many portions which spoke to what we are dealing with now in the present.

To top off all this goodness there was a point when Pierce (who was our narrator, singer, and poet) mentioned all the children dancing. This is when several kiddos took to the stage. It was a joy to see them dance their hearts out! Pretty impressive moves too......

The onle thing I have issue with is the fact that they stopped and said, "Look out for Part II". Of course there was a collective sigh heard thoughout the venue.

It was worth coming out in the rain, braving street corners where the water came up to the bottom of my car door, and waiting in line to experience this Art Piece. I highly recommend that you experience it yourself when it comes to your neck of the woods.

Til next time,


*update (1/10/16) The Nasher Museum has asked for a return engagement in March. I will make sure to pass on additional information as it becomes available).*

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