Artist Projects


Marc Bamuthi Joseph

Scourge is a hip-hop theater work about the history of Haiti that blends Afro-Caribbean jazz music, folkloric and contemporary movement, and spoken word. The piece is developed with choreographer Rennie Harris, composer John Santos, director Kamilah Forbes and dramaturge Roberta Uno, as well as young poets from the group Youth Speaks. Scourge is divided into four parts and ties together significant events in Haiti’s past with the myths that surround them, while illuminating cultural and political connections among that country, the United States, Africa and the other nations of the Caribbean.

Project Updates

  • 2007: Scourge premieres at the Kumble Theater in Brooklyn, NY (co-presented by 651 Arts, Dance Theater Workshop, and the Hip Hop Theater Festival

  • 2007: Scourge has its European premiere at the SpringDance Festival in the Netherlands