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Through Oct. 16th, New York City hosts the Hip-Hop Theater Festival, now celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Through Oct. 16th, New York City hosts the Hip-Hop Theater Festival, now celebrating its 10th anniversary. Clyde Valentin, producer and executive director of the H.H.T.F., believes the fest is about “celebrating a decade of culture in action.”

Ken Swift, the seminal urban dance innovator, will be opening the festivities with “Swift Solos,” which he produced with Olive Dance Theater, a Philadelphia-based touring company, who will perform alongside Swift.

“One of the biggest moments in my life was really about getting accepted,” says the b-boy master about the piece, which retraces Swift’s influences and inspiration. He confesses, “It took a lot of nerve to jump into that circle.” And although “Swift Solos” — which runs through Saturday — pivots around Swift’s life, he tells us that he hopes it also shares “the positive image of hip-hop.”

 
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