Case Closed! will be performing a new piece entitled "The stage is yours." This performance combines the dance styles of urban street dance such as Krump, Breakdance, Urban Dance choreo and freestyle along with story telling. The performers will take you through their struggles and obstacles in their daily lives and stress how dance has become their form of expression to relieve some of their personal pains. Through dance, storytelling and music, Case Closed! turns their negativity into creativity in this timely piece, "The stage is yours."
Sokeo Ros, Director of Case Closed!, Director of Hip-Hop Dance Program at Everett: Company, Stage and School. Sokeo was born in a Cambodian refugee camp in Thailand, arriving in the United States at the age of three. As a sophomore in high school, he began performing with the Carriage House Performers, a Providence-based hip-hop group. In 1998, Sokeo joined Everett as a creator and performer and has taught many master classes in universities throughout his touring experience. He has been in three touring pieces and is currently working on the fourth piece with Everett called “Freedom Project”. It explores mass incarceration and its effects on all aspects of society. Sokeo also tours throughout New England in Everett’s educational shows. He is the director of the hip-hop dance program at Everett’s School and has taught at many Rhode Island institutions including Central Falls High School, the Lincoln School, and the Rhode Island School of Design. Sokeo also directs the hip-hop based troupe, Case Closed!, which he founded in 2004. Case Closed! has performed at venues across New England including the Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Brown University and the Providence Performing Arts Center. Sokeo received a Rhode Island State Council on the Arts grant to develop a hip-hop theater piece, Culture Shock. He is a performer and creator of Everett’s last work, Brainstorm and Case Closed!’s latest piece called “A Daydream in the Ghetto”. Sokeo received another RISCA grant to work on a project called “From Refugee Camp to Project” which tells of his experiences of being born in a Thailand refugee camp and coming to the United States to live in an impoverished neighborhood. He recently came back from Cambodia from volunteering in non-profit organizations that offered free classes in education and the performing arts. He was able to conduct interviews and research his family’s compelling history of surviving the Khmer Rouge Regime. This was the first time that Sokeo got a chance to meet his family.
Case Closed! was founded by Sokeo Ros in 2004 to empower youth through the performing arts. Case Closed! has performed at community centers, cultural festivals, schools, universities, Veterans Memorial Auditorium, and at the Providence Performing Arts Center. They have thrilled thousands of audience members with their dynamic combination of high powered hip-hop dance and heartfelt true stories. Through creativity the ensemble transforms negative experiences into positive life lessons.
Case Closed! offers youth an outlet for their artistry through creation and performance. Students develop deep skills and discipline through multiple hours of classes and rehearsal each week. Through these efforts Case Closed! members become professional artists, role models, teachers, and leaders in their communities.
“Through negativity comes great creativity!”
“The stage is yours, now own it!”
Sokeo Ros/Case Close funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.