Friday, March 30, 2007

Hip-Hop Reverberates in a Silent World

By COREY KILGANNON for NY Times, March 29, 2007

Things are done differently at the Lexington School for the Deaf in Queens...

...The school, in Jackson Heights, also brought in Alina Bloomgarden, a longtime producer at Lincoln Center, to help create and direct a hip-hop production called “Breakin’ Thru 2,” a semi-fictional drama told through break dancing and hip-hop music and interspersed with film and video clips. Written by Ms. Bloomgarden, the story parallels the school’s effort to stage a break-dancing musical. Since the entire cast and crew was deaf — down to the technical director and costume designer — Ms. Bloomgarden’s instructions were relayed in sign language...
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