march, 2020

12mar(mar 12)12:00 am23apr(apr 23)11:59 pmWondertwins present BobStrAct, Billy and Bobby McClainViewable through the gallery windows at the Assemblage Art SpaceAssemblage Art Space

Time

March 12 (Thursday) 12:00 am - April 23 (Thursday) 11:59 pm

Location

Assemblage Art Space

70A Sleeper Street

Event Details

Contemporary abstract art that emphasizes the African diaspora movement and shapes through a Hip Hop lens dipped in sparkles.

Join the Fort Point Arts Community as we celebrate the visual and performance art of the Wondertwins, Billy and Bobby McClain! The McClains are identical twins who grew up in Boston, Massachusetts in the 70s. Their dance career started on a very small stage at the age of 6, performing for family members at cookouts.  But has ended up much larger as they have performed on stages all over the world.

Two years later they had their first real show at the Cyclorama in the South End. Wearing matching silk, brown sweat suits they finished their first contest with a win, judged by none other than the legend Kurtis Blow.

By age 10 they were asked to join Boston’s first professional street dance crew, The Funk Affects. During this time they opened up for some of the biggest names in hip-hop history; Run DMC, LL Cool J, KRS One, and Afrika Bambaataa, to name a few.

After 7 years with the crew, Billy and Bobby branched off to become “The Wondertwins.” The Wondertwins have had many notable accomplishments including Bobby Brown’s “Don’t Be Cruel” US/UK tour, Apollonia’s  (Purple Rain) UK tour. They were the opening act for EPMD, Public Enemy, and Queen Latifah. They have also appeared on television shows Good Day New York, Evening Magazine, and The Jenny Jones Show.

The Apollo Theater holds many fond memories for Billy and Bobby. In 1989, Mc Lyte invited them to dance on stage during her show at the Apollo. Shortly after this they won “Amateur Night/Showtime at the Apollo” six times. Last year the twins were able to go back to where it all started at the Apollo Theater, this time with their names on the marquee, sharing the stage with the legendary Maurice Hines Jr. and his show “Club Harlem.”

Some more recent accomplishments include: winning The Pioneers of Dance Award, being selected for The Boston Globe Magazine’s “25 Most Stylish Bostonians of 2011,” and in 2015 touring their wildly successful full lenth show, “To Hip-Hop, with Love.”

Over the years The Wondertwins have created a distinctive style all their own, with the technical facility of hip hop, the sophistication of the glory days of the Cotton Club, the flash of Rat Pack era Las Vegas, and elements of vaudeville, robot, tap, and mime.

Billy and Bobby are entering their 19th year of working as advisors and teaching dance in the Boston Public School system.

Former Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre executive director Judith Jamison has praised The Wondertwins as “absolutely beautiful, strong, powerful, and electric…made for Broadway” and Maurice Hines noted that the identical twins “dance in the same spirit as the great brothers of dance before them.”

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FPACE: info@fortpointarts.org | T: 617-423-4299 70 Sleeper Street, Boston, MA 02210

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