PAIGE IN FULL: A B-GIRL’S VISUAL MIXTAPE
CURRENTLY ON TOUR!
A visual mix tape (a blending of poetry, dance, media and music) that tells the tale of a multicultural girl’s journey through hip-hop to self-discovery.
Sister and brother share a tiny stage in the hour-long production, Hernandez‘s chronicle of growing up with a mixedrace identity. As she chats to the audience and executes urban-cool hoofin‘ routines, and he generates beats andsampling at a table behind her, their mutual respect reverberates in sync with their enthusiasm for hip-hop. Such pointed moments will prompt theatergoers to ruminate a little about identity politics and the molding of the self in a multicultural world. Chiefly, though, Paige in Full‖ will leave audiences hoping more work by Hernandez and Nick tha 1da, too — comes along soon.
– Celia Wren, The Washington Post
The multi-layered story sparkles with contemporary urban flair, tantalizing terms and expressions, and move yo body rhythms in this beat-filled portrait of an artist as a young girl. Totally at ease and in command of her material, Hernandez shows how hip-hop and dance shaped her earliest memories and became the bedrock of her existence. It‘s stunning… In another innovative segment, she depicts ―B‘More‘s‖ neighborhoods in ―haiku‖, reflecting diverse sights and sounds in just a few well placed words, inflections, even mimicry. She just nails it. Throughout, Hernandez is mesmerizing and leaves you wanting more.”
– Debbie Minter Jackson, DC Theatre Scene
The verdict: Paige Hernandez represents the truest voice of what hip-hop theatre can be for our generation: nonlinear, dynamic, personal, intense, community-oriented in content and tone, and fondly nostalgic. The distinct moments of Paige‘s life in this 60-minute act allowed us a window into all of our own lives, love, loss, triumphs and missteps, all with a hip-hop lens through which to examine them. There is no doubt in my mind now that #hiphoptheatreisreal and that #visualmixtapesdoexist.‖
– Simone Jacobson, Couch Sessions
Paige‘s is pure hip hop. She breathes it. It‘s a part of her DNA. She can connect the songs and the culture to her entire being. More importantly, she can explain it to the rest of us. She is beautifully articulate in her storytelling… she is enticing in her mastery of her body and movement. This performance is a delight.
– Genevieve Williams, Discovery Theatre
Growing up multi-cultural AND multi-talented! – Lancaster New-Era
Hernandez is a prominent face of hip-hop culture‘s innovation- Christie Matherne, DiG -Baton Rouge
Irresistible and Infectious! – Winston-Salem Chronicle