Amirah Sackett is an internationally recognized hip-hop dancer, choreographer and teacher. She is widely known for her choreography and performance ensemble creation, “We’re Muslim, Don’t Panic,” which reached viral video fame after being featured on POPSUGAR Celebrity, The Huffington Post, AJ+ and Upworthy. Amirah was honored to be a TEDx speaker and has also performed and taught in both Bangladesh and Malaysia through the U.S. Embassy as a cultural diplomat. She continues to tour, teach, perform and break the misconceptions about Muslim women and Islam, using her artistic voice around the country and in her hometown of Chicago. Amirah will perform with Ahmed Zaghbouni, aka MR MiC—an international beatboxer, musician, voice impressionist and film director from Sousse, Tunisia. He has created a style called “megatron beatboxing,” which is featured on his YouTube channel. In 2019, MR MiC was honored to represent his country in the World Championship of Beatboxing, and, later that year, he collaborated with Amirah on a series of videos, Beatboxing Meets Popping.
Together, they will perform Separation. Inspired by the classic Arabic story of “Layla and Majnun,” Separation is a love story about the connection between music and dance in hip-hop culture, represented through popping and beatboxing, and how the elements grew apart. It also metaphorically represents humans’ connection to the divine and our longing and separation from Him in this temporal world, with the ultimate reunion being death.
Support for this HomeStage presentation comes from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts and The Lied Center of Kansas.
The show will be broadcast online from The Lied Center of Kansas. Following the performance, there will be a Q&A session for students at the University of Kansas. Our patrons are welcome to watch and listen, but will not be able to submit questions.