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.
Amirah Sackett LIEDership ConversationAnthea Scouffas, engagement and education director at the Lied Center, talks with Amirah Sackett, internationally recognized hip-hop dancer, choreographer and teacher. Amirah’s 2020 residency at the Lied Center includes a live-streamed performance on October 7, and engagement activities for students and the community.
Amirah talks about her collaboration with co-performer, MR MiC, a Tunisian beatboxer and film director. The two have been creating digital jam sessions on social media while Ahmed has been forced to remain in Chicago during the COVID-19 pandemic.
While Anthea and Amirah agree there’s nothing like live performance, they also acknowledge it's good to master a new technology like Zoom, and reach new audiences online.
Amirah Sackett's website: https://www.amirahsackett.com
MR MiC’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MRMICOFFICIAL
Watch Amirah’s October 7, 2020 free virtual performance at the Lied Center: https://vimeo.com/458178142
Learn more about the Lied Center’s outreach program: https://lied.ku.edu/engagement