Line Breaks Festival showcases artists and performers of First Wave’s past and present
The 15th annual Line Breaks Hip Hop Theater Festival brought together First Wave scholars and alumni for an extraordinary series of free performances on April 1 and 2 at the Overture Center.
The showcase included performances by the First Wave 14th Cohort Ensemble, 12th cohort member Jackson Neal’s “Glitch,” the First Wave Touring Ensemble, and concluded with a debut staging of the choreo-poem “summer, somewhere” by First Wave alum Danez Smith (’12) and directed by Division of Arts director Chris Walker.
Since it was first conceived in 2007, the Line Breaks Festival has become one of the largest hip-hop-centered performance festivals in the Midwest. It continues to be a space for the cultivation and presentation of independent and collaborative work by First Wave artist-scholars. Learn about the First Wave program.