The Borderline Remix – Hip HOpera

The 99% REMIX: A Hip HOpera for Social Change

In 2012, the Borderline Remix: A Hip HOpera for Border-Jumpers and Stowaways debut performance was a smash hit in Mannheim, Germany.  As a follow-up program to its success, Heartbeat, The Willy Brandt Center in Jerusalem, and ActiveVision joined forces again in 2013 to create The 99% REMIX: A Hip HOpera for Social Change. The 99% REMIX unites young Israeli, Palestinian, and German musicians, dancers, film-makers, and graffiti artists to explore the loops of power and oppression in today’s global society. The creation and performance of this original Hip HOpera investigates each person’s power to create the world we seek.

The goal for our international exchange programs is to inspire change by building understanding, awareness, and trust between project participants and across society.

The entire group of Israeli, Palestinian, and German musicians, dancers, film-makers, and graffiti artists met first in Jerusalem the last week of June 2013 to perfect their original production. After a week of co-creating and rehearsals, The 99% REMIX debuted at Beit Hagefen Arab-Jewish Community Center in Haifa on June 29, 8:00pm. A second performance occurred in Jerusalem at the Jerusalem’s International YMCA, 8:00pm.

In August 2013, the ensemble regrouped in Berlin, Germany for more performances of the Hip HOpera.

This project is 100% free for participants to insure equal access for all.

 Project Partners
ActiveVision, a legally registered non-governmental association in Israel, was established in 2006 by a group of creators who believe in the power of the visual image to create awareness and social change. www.active-vision.org

The Willy Brandt Center in Abu Tor, Jerusalem serves as a unique meeting space for communication and cooperation between Israelis, Palestinians, Germans, and people from around the world. www.willybrandtcenter.org

Addictzwww.addictz.de

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2012 Borderline REMIX: A Hip HOPera for Border-Jumpers and Stowaways

The 2012 Borderline Remix united Israeli, Palestinian, German, and African youth musicians, filmmakers and dancers (ages 16-21) to explore and voice experiences of migration and the quest for home.

Please visit the project’s blog for a day by day run-through of our experience during the two production weeks this August.

Working together over the course of six months from their home countries (meeting in Jericho, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Mannheim) participants explored their diverse personal and communal narratives of forced migration, learning about the human right of asylum, and feeding their understanding, struggles, and hopes into their original music, film, and dance creations.

In August 2012, the full group united for the first time in Jerusalem, to weave their works together into the first ever Hip HOpera of its kind.  After one week of rehearsals and debut performances in Jerusalem and Jaffa/Tel Aviv, the group flew to Manheim, Germany where they officially launched their performance tour and filmed a promotional DVD.  The draft/rough cut “trailer” for the Hip HOpera performance can be viewed here: http://vimeo.com/48721090

The project is led by Heartbeat, ActiveVision, The Willy Brandt Center in Jerusalem, Addiktz e.V., and Teater Kapija.

In 2010, Heartbeat, the Willy Brandt Center in Jerusalem, and ActiveVision produced the precursor to the Borderline Remix, the Hip Hop Hudna, which won the Europeans for Peace 2010 award for project of the year.  The Hip Hop Hudna brought together sixteen Israeli, Palestinian and German rappers and musicians to explore the power of music to impact society, giving concerts in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Berlin, and producing True Love, a full length album of the participant’s original music.  The album can be heard here: http://heartbeatmusic.bandcamp.com

With the addition of Addiktz eV from Manheim and Teater Kapija from Sweden, the Borderline Remix takes cross-cultural, cross-conflict exchange beyond all borders, fusing artistic styles and addressing deep cross-cutting social issues facing every community in every country.

This project was 100% free for participants to insure equal access for all.

Take a moment to learn more about our project partners:

ActiveVision, a legally registered non-governmental association in Israel, was established in 2006 by a group of creators who believe in the power of the visual image to create awareness and social change. www.active-vision.org

The Willy Brandt Center in Abu Tor, Jerusalem serves as a unique meeting space for communication and cooperation between Israelis, Palestinians, Germans, and people from around the world. www.willybrandtcenter.org

Teater Kapija: www.kapija.com

Addictz: www.addictz.de

For more information, please contact: info@heartbeatjerusalem.org