Haleem 'Stringz' Rasul
Haleem “Stringz” Rasul discovered his passion for the arts at an early age. Growing up in Detroit came with its own unique challenges that served as motivators manifesting into his creative and business ventures following graduating from Western Michigan University in 2001. He established Hardcore Detroit as a brand dance company and fashion label. His motto “hardcore,” represents success after struggle and overcoming hardships to achieve victory. By 2010, Hardcore Detroit was voted best dance company in the Real Detroit Reader’s Poll.
He learned discipline through the trials of everyday life and the intense ridicule of b-boying’s only teacher: the cypher. Unlike modern jazz or ballet institutions, b-boying had no formal methods of instruction. Therefore, originality and perseverance became paramount and laid the groundwork for his trademark.
Described by the Chicago Tribune as "ingenious" and "vulnerable" Marcus White's evocative dance works span across genre including commercial studio, musical theatre, concert dance, and street. His versatility in movement styles and inventions make him a sought after choreographer, teacher, and screen dance artist. His work resides at the intersections of cultural theory, movement practice, and digital media.
White has taught at University of Michigan, Wayne State University and has served as a guest artist at various prestigious pre-professional dance programs such as the Dance Theatre of Harlem School, Penn State Altoona, Oakland University, the American College Dance Association, Detroit Opera House, and Fayetteville State University. As Founder and Artistic Director of Detroit-based performance production ensemble, Marcus White/White Werx he creates work for the stage and screen. Under the auspices of White Werx, Marcus has also presented work and conducted projects with Ruth Page Center for the Performing Arts, Cranbrook Art Museum, the Ailey Studios, ARTLAB J, Detroit Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Detroit Contemporary, and The Epic Center. Marcus White and the ensemble was recently featured in the New York Times about their collaborative work with visual artist Nick Cave in Detroit Summer 2015