New form of hip-hop dance theatre brings Southern California street rhythms to ASU Tempe campus

The ASU Herberger Institute School of Theatre and Film Performance in the Borderlands initiative 

The Performance in the Borderlands initiative is designed to bridge cultural boundaries by offering events featuring artists, critics and scholars who creatively are exploring the U.S./Mexico Border region. On April 3, the Performance in the Borderlands series brings Buck World One and rhythms of the southern California streets to the ASU Tempe campus. Buck World One Features six dancers and four poets, and was developed under the guidance of playwright Rickerby Hinds, a professor at the University of California (UC), Riverside. Hinds also presents a lecture and workshop on April 2.

According to UC Riverside publicity materials,, Hinds was inspired to work with inner-city youths of the Inland Empire in Southern California when he saw them performing a new hip-hop dance style after a church service.

“’Buck’ or ‘krump’ uses athleticism, rhythm and acrobatics to create a style that is simultaneously beautiful and intense,” he says.

April 2 lecture & workshop: Nelson Fine Arts Center (FAC), 51 E. 10th St., ASU Tempe campus. The Rickerby Hinds' lecture is held at the (FAC), studio 233, and the workshop is in FAC studio 133.

April 3 performance: Lyceum Theatre, 901 S. Forest Mall, ASU Tempe campus.

April 2, 1 p.m., Rickerby Hinds lecture; workshop, 3 p.m.
April 3, 7:30 p.m., Buck World One, hip-hop, dance-theatre group performance

The Buck World One performance is $7–$20. The April 2 lecture and workshop are free and open to the public, but workshop reservations are required. To make a reservation, e-mail Carla Melo, assistant theatre professor, at:

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ASU Herberger Institute box office, 480.965.6447
School of Theatre and Film, 480.965.5337

The School of Theatre and Film in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University provides a comprehensive range of courses in performance and directing; design and production; new work development; theatre and performance studies; film; and theatre for youth. Its Theatre for Youth program is nationally ranked in the top three and the dramatic writing/playwriting program is ranked 15th among public institutions by U.S.News & World Report. To learn more about the School of Theatre and Film, visit

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Laurie A. Trotta Valenti
ASU Herberger Institute 
School of Theatre and Film