An explosion of creative expression that bursts and splatters annually across the cold, grey Scottish city. Drenching its beautiful old walls and towers with fresh life and new creation. It’s a time of year where the streets come to life and humans flock to the city and open their hearts and minds to connect with art and through it, each other. As per always I was to the dancers like a moth to the flame and after planting a few seeds the days before traveling up- managed to connect with several companies and photograph/film some truly incredible work over the few days I was up there. For me…it was a dream. A world in which creativity flowed freely and human expression bounced and swirled around for all to see, and all to appreciate. What a Festival…and an especially big thank you to all the companies who allowed me in to capture their magic =) This ones for you… ♥ (http://www.murleydance.com/, http://rosiekay.co.uk/work/acts-of-possession/,http://lostdogdance.co.uk/, http://www.2faceddance.co.uk/http://www.aakashodedra.com/)
It’s all about the attitude- Innit ;)
Unsurprisingly this is a form of dance I jumped at the chance to experience and capture- when I managed to get myself into a brake dance battle with some of London’s best b- boys and b- girls as well as the up and coming youngsters. With its roots in African-American and Puerto Rican youths from New York city during the early 1970’s, through explosive popularity in the media this new dance form spread rapidly world wide quickly creating a whole new genre of dance and expression. DJ Kool Herc- a Jamacan- American Dj who was responsible for developing the foundations of Hip- Hop music commented that the term ‘breaking’ was slang at the time for ‘getting excited’. And thats exactly what happens in this explosive dance. Its not just the moves you can bust but that attitude you can pop that wins the battle. Although the dance stye is more commonly known as Brake dancing- those who remain true to the roots and involved in the scene will always know it as B- boying.
"In the 80’s when streetdancing [sic] blew up, the media often incorrectly used the term ‘breakdancing’ as an umbrella term for most the streetdancing [sic] styles that they saw. What many people didn’t know was [that] within these styles, other sub-cultures existed, each with their own identities. Breakdancing, or b-boying as it is more appropriately known as, is known to have its roots in the east coast and was heavily influenced by break beats and hip hop."
There are four main elements that form b- boying: Top rock, down rock, power moves and freezes. In brief- Top rock refers to any string of steps performed in a standing position (and often draws upon many other styles such as popping, tapdance and locking). Down rock refers to any movement on the floor where the dancers are supported as much my their hands as they are by their feet. Power moves are just as they sounds- explosive acrobatic feats that require momentum, speed, endurance, strength and control and Freezes are more stylish poses that involve the dancer holding- freezing themselves in the air using upper body strength and usually link in dramatically with the music to increase the impact of the performance.
Over all it’s a pretty epic form of dance which reflects not just a culture born from a country or place- but a culture born from the expression of youth across the globe. And in this world…the Youth of the globe are Full Power.
With in a week in London I was back on the hunt for dancers and I found them….in a park. =)
Contemporary dance company IJAD performed a total of 21’installation style’ performances in 7 different locations across London as a part of London’s In transit festival. Dancing through the street’s and parks this work was a reflection of real life stories taken from the street’s them selves and depicted and expressed through movements to nothing more but the sound track of the world. A very interesting- if somewhat abstract- intro back into the western contemporary dance world…