T H E C O M P A N Y
Illstyle & Peace Productions is a multicultural dance company based in Philadelphia and founded in 2002 by Brandon “Peace” Albright and Forrest “Getemgump” Webb. They create work rooted in contemporary and old school hip-hop. Working from an eclectic mix of dance and performance disciplines including tap, ballet, house dancing, DJing and Beatboxing; Illstyle & Peace Productions create a unique new style of hip-hop. I&PP has toured to critical acclaim both nationally and internationally and is committed to delivering a positive message to audiences young and old. The company’s work celebrates the art of hip-hop by adding an urban style to traditional moves in order to create a new step.
The New York Times has described Illstyle & Peace Productions’ work as “a hip-hop revue with killer dancing”. Most recently, critic Roslyn Sulcas of the Times has stated that “the ensemble displayed some of the most dazzling breaking techniques I’ve ever seen, while Mr. Albright’s choreography possessed a sly humor and an adept sense of spatial composition. Watching these dancers was like watching the greatest ballet virtuosos, each fighting gravity and the appearance of effort, and demanding and getting the impossible from the human body. They were fabulous.”
Illstyle & Peace Productions has performed at BAM/Dance Africa; Brooklyn, NY; Open Look Festival, St Petersburg, Russia; The XIII Annual Contemporary Dance Conference and Performance Festival, Bytom, Poland; Dancing in the Streets/Hip-hop Generations Next, New York, NY; Philly Live Arts Festival, Philadelphia, PA; Brock University, St Catharines, Ontario; Dance Place, Washington, D.C.; Calgary International Children’s Festival, Calgary, Alberta; Rialto Center for the Arts, Atlanta, GA; The Ordway Performing Arts Center, St Paul, MN; The Egg Center for the Performing Arts, Albany, NY; Summer Stages Dance, Concord, MA; Jacob’s Pillow, Becket, MA; Celebrate Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY; Aaron Davis Hall, New York, NY; San Francisco Hip-hop Dance Festival, San Francisco, CA; Dance Adventure Stage, Chicago, IL; among others.
Illstyle & Peace Productions are on the PennPAT Roster (www.pennpat.org) which offers support (up to 50%) for touring engagements beginning June 1, 2011 to presenters in Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, U.S. Virgin Islands, and West Virginia. The next deadline for presenters to apply for funding is February 15, 2011 for an engagement taking place between June 1, 2011 and May 31, 2012.
D I R E C T O R
Brandon “Peace” Albright, Artistic Director of Illstyle & Peace Productions, is well versed in the various styles of hip-hop dance. He brings energy to the stage and presents a cogent voice in theater. Intrigued by the universality of hip-hop, Brandon seeks inspiration from other dance and art forms to make his blend of dance. He was an original member of the Philadelphia-based crew Scanner Boyz and has danced for major recording artists such as Schooly D, Will Smith, Tuff Crew, Boyz II Men, LL Cool J, Run DMC and the Beach Boys. Brandon has also performed with the NAACP Image Awards, Cool Heat Urban Beat (Boston Dance Umbrella), Ballet Memphis and BAM’s Dance Africa to name a few. With Illstyle & Peace Productions, Brandon continues to share his dance ministry with diverse audiences.