COLLISION OF RHYTHM
Collision of Rhythm is a duo comprised of tap-dancing classical virtuoso Aaron Williams and beatbox-juggling keynote speaker Bronkar Lee. After each achieved separate internet fame with “rhythmic” viral videos — Aaron, through his impressive rendition of Mario on Marimba (over 80 million views), and Bronkar, as the Beatbox Dad, through a video of him beatboxing with his son (over 200 million views), they first performed together in a completely improvised moment during a TEDx event in 2013. They met backstage and knew they were musical soul brothers. Since then, they’ve wowed audiences from students to companies like Coca-Cola and Google with their message of what is possible through teamwork and collaboration.
Though there are only two of them, they fill the stage as a 12-person ensemble would, moving from instrument to instrument in an explosive experience of rhythm and movement. With drumming, tap dancing, rhythmic juggling, marimba, piano, saxophone, and so much more, the show has been described as “Stomp meets Blue Man meets Cirque du Soleil”! Join us as music, friendship, cooperation, and rhythm collidide.
Social Studies, Science, 21st Century Skills
Teachers will be granted access to supplemental materials to help students prepare for and to reflect on their experience at the theater. Materials are generally available four-six weeks before the performance.
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"My favorite part was everything!"
- Des Moines second-grader, after attending Applause Series performance