Somewhere between the classics and rap, is Baba Brinkman’s raw performance art, “The Canterbury Tales Remixed”. Not your school days’ version of Chaucer’s verse and other epic tales, these new hip-hop rhymes changed the way I think about English literature.
The show premiered in New York City at the Soho Playhouse. Now, Baba Brinkman is bringing The Canterbury Tales Remixed back to New York as a 3 show cycle of rap theater, off-Broadway.
I can’t wait to see it, and asked Baba Brinkman a few questions about how he arrived at this fascinating place remixing classics.
- Did your passion for literature or rap come first?
I was an avid reader before I was a rap fan, so I guess my passion for storytelling came first, and once I recognized rap as a potent medium for telling stories, the two passions merged.
- Where does rap fit in storytelling today?
- Do you think of yourself as a poet or a performer?
- What are the gems you treasure in English literature, that are relevant to our world today?
- How does your live performance compare with print versions of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales?
Where to find Baba Brinkman’s Rap Performances
- Where can we find your work and see you perform The Canterbury Tales Remixed live?
- Readers can download the full album pay-what-you-like from here: http://bababrinkman.bandcamp.com/album/the-canterbury-tales-remixed
- The Canterbury Tales Remixed will also be part of a three show cycle I’m producing, starting off-Broadway at the Player’s Theatre March 28th 2013. Readers interested in pre-ordering tickets and supporting this project can help crowdfund it here: http://www.indiegogo.com/DarwinChaucer