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GUILD HALL: OFFSITE Guild Hall & LTV Present Works & Process OUT EAST: The Missing Element
Direct from their Guggenheim premiere – a Beatbox and Street Dance Collaboration!
BEATBOXING – BREAKING – FLEXN – KRUMPING
and an opening set by DJ FLY KAI!
Direct from the project’s premiere at Works & Process at the Guggenheim, The Missing Element, an immersive experience exploring the universal elements of earth, wind, fire, water, and space, arrives in the Hamptons fusing the virtuosic music-making of beatbox with awe-inspiring street dance.
World champion beatboxers of The Beatbox House and leading street dancers representing Krumping, FlexN, and Breakdancing will embark on an adventure of sound, music, and movement, where all sound featured is 100% human generated. The performance opens with a live DJ set by multi-media artist, musician, and East End native, FlyKai.
Leading up to the performance at LTV, The Missing Element will cause a stir at surprise pop-up performances throughout East Hampton, including the Main Beach Concert Series and Stephen Talkhouse. The company will also facilitate workshops with the Bridgehampton Childcare & Recreation Center.
Creative directors Chris Celiz, a world champion beatboxer, and b-boy Anthony Vito Rodriguez “Invertebrate” assemble a formidable cast that comprises Krumper Brian “Hallow Dreamz” Henry, flexers Joseph Carella “Klassic” and King Havoc, breakers Graham Reese “B-boy Kilo” and Rodriguez, and members of the Beatbox House, including Amit Bhowmick, Celiz, Neil Meadows “NaPoM,” Gene Shinozaki, and Kenny Urban. Dancer, host, filmmaker and co-founder of YAK Films, Kash Gaines, will join The Missing Element during their week in-residence.
The Beatbox House is a collective of world champion beatboxers. Beatboxing is growing into a global phenomenon branching out from its hip-hop roots. Through education, performance, and collaboration, the collective is rebranding the art as a new form of music, pushing the boundaries of the possibilities of the human voice.
The Missing Element was commissioned by Works & Process at the Guggenheim and created at the peak of the pandemic in two Works & Process bubble residencies. Highlights from The Missing Element were performed throughout the pandemic at Little Island, the Guggenheim Museum rotunda, Kaatsbaan Cultural Park, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and NY PopsUp performances opened by Amy Schumer.
COVID-19 Protocol: For indoor programs, all guests over the age of 12 must provide proof of full vaccination. WEARING FACE MASKS IS ENCOURAGED AND APPRECIATED.
My name is Chris Celiz. I’m an Artist, Music Educator, World Champion Beatboxer and all-around fun-haver. I’m about sharing the possibility of empowerment, joy and excellence through performance, education, artistry and collaboration. I’m a New York City native, graduate of State University of New York at Fredonia (undergraduate in Music Education woo woo.) Some of my more notable accomplishments are winning the American Beatbox Championships in 2015 and 2016, the Grand Beatbox Battle in 2018, the World Beatbox Championships in 2018 and the 2019 Varsity Vocals International Acapella Open (all of this accomplished with my homie Gene Shinozaki. ) I am also the recipient of the 2020 Gross Family Prize (for Bzzzz choreographed by Caleb Teicher,) and was commissioned by Works and Process at the Guggenheim to Premiere “The Missing Element” (a 40-minute dance and beatbox immersive experience) in the Guggenheim Rotunda. In partnership with Lincoln Center, Kaatsbaan Culture Park and Works and Process we documented the process of the creation of the piece during COVID 19 in a docuseries called Isolation to Creation. I am the founder of The Beatbox House, A collective of World Champion Beatboxers based out of New York City.
I’ve been blessed to perform at places like Carnegie Hall, The Apollo, New York City Center, Lincoln Center, Jacob’s Pillow, Le Poisson Rouge, The Kennedy Center, Astrakulturehaus, New Victory Theatre and The Blue Note to name a few. I’ve had the opportunity to speak and perform at universities such as Harvard, Colombia, Brown, The New School, Westminster Choir College, and I’ve also collaborated with luminaries as Dana Leong, Bryon Bainn and Caleb Teicher. I have gotten to speak at conferences such as NJMEA and NAFME Eastern Conference as a clinician alongside Amanda Newell as the beginning of the new beatbox education movement. I’ve also taught in New York City Public and Private Schools as a full-time music educator (general music and chorus), and have recently taken the leap to make music my full-time career and am currently performing and teaching virtually, nationally and internationally.
Anthony Vito Rodriguez
Anthony Vito Rodriguez, also known as Invertebrate, is a creative director, choreographer, and specialty performer. Anthony has over fifteen years of experience in hip-hop culture, primarily the dance style bboying. Combining his contorting flexibility and dynamic blow up moves, along with his charisma and musicality, bringing his unique style together. Outside live performance, he's more recently appeared on the television shows Gotham and Evil.
Kash is a dancer, host, filmmaker and co-founder of YAK Films. He has been traveling the world filming street dance, studying new dance styles and hosting the "Yak Like You Know" show (YLYK) which features new dancers, original styles, fresh music and epic events. YAK Films is a media crew that covers street dance events worldwide, founded in East Oakland, California in 2008. The original crew met at the Youth UpRising Community Center, where they began working with a local street dance crew called the Turf Feinz. It started when one of their videos commemorating the loss of a dancer's brother went viral online. They then went looking for other street dance styles and events where dancers would battle each other for money, respect and glory. YAK is dedicated to bringing together quality local visuals, up and coming music artists and the best street dance talent to serve a growing global audience.
Kai Parcher-Charles, aka FlyKai
Kai Parcher-Charles, A.K.A. FlyKai, is a multi-medium artist, born and raised in East Hampton, New York. He goes between filmmaking, photography, and producing and engineering music. He’s currently studying at Bard College, where he’s been collaborating and growing his creative vocabulary. https://kaiparchercharles.myportfolio.com/