Raphael Xavier’s “The XCOPE”

“…Xavier captivated his audience with the impassioned lyrical delivery of a hip-hop artist.” The Broad Street Review 

Raphael Xavier’s ADF-commissioned version of The Xcope is a performance combining live music and electronic technology with hip-hop aesthetics that include Breaking, poetry, spoken word, and rap cadences with an improvisational and intuitive approach.The Xcope embodies the experiences of the practitioners in their respective fields to create narratives–capturing a moment in time shared by performers and audience. Performance includes NC artists. 

Saturday, October 16, 6:00pm & 7:30pm
at Nasher Museum of Art

Performance lasts approximately 30 minutes. A limited number of folding seats with no back will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Masks will be required to attend this event.






Originally from Wilmington, DE, Raphael Xavier (pronounced ZAH-vee-ay) is a self-taught Hip-Hop dancer and Breaking practitioner since 1983, Raphael has forged an exceptional approach to improvisation. Brenda Dixon Gottschild deemed Xavier, ‘A fine rhythm technician who transforms a bravado dance style into an introspective meditation.’ 

A self-described Innovative Movement Conceptualist, Xavier creates new ways to expand the vocabulary of the dance form. He draws not only upon the culture but also his equally important visual background as a Hip Hop magazine photographer and musical artist. As the sound designer for his works, Xavier’s understanding of movement and musicality allows him to structure beats, noises, and sounds into captivating music that draws upon emotion and coincides with his choreography. 

His full-length dance work, Point of Interest premiered in 2016 was featured in The Boston Globe’s “Top 10 of the Year in Dance.” 

His extensive research in the Breaking form has led to the creation of Ground-Core, a Somatic dance technique that gives the practitioner a better understanding of the body within all dance forms. An active alumnus of the world-renowned Hip Hop Dance Company, Rennie Harris Puremovement, Xavier also served as Assistant Choreographer to Bill T. Jones in the Opera Philadelphia production We Shall Not Be Moved. Xavier’s works have been performed at REDCAT Los Angeles, Kennedy Center in Washington DC, ART (American Repertory Theatre in Boston), The Joyce Theater in NYC, Dance Theatre Workshop in NYC, the Dance Center at Colombia College Chicago, and the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and Painted Bride, both in Philadelphia, among others. He is also a recipient of a 2018 New York Live Arts Live Feed Creative residency. Xavier currently lives in Philadelphia and is a Lecturer in Dance at Princeton University and the University of Texas, Austin. 

The presentation of The Xcope by Raphael Xavier is made possible by 315 Fund.