The Breakin Convention

panta rei dans lullaby

Video - Panta Rei Danseteater 'Lullaby'

Norwegian dance company Panta Rei Danseteater, late last year, conducted a little experiment whereby three dance makers created two pieces with the same name based on the same idea, featuring three male dancers and two musicians, to see what the outcome was.

June 2nd, 2016

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As the weather heats up, the dance world also seems to be warming up for a cracking summer season in Edinburgh. (If the temperature and atmosphere inside the Festival theatre on Monday night was anything to go by!)

Once a year the Festival Theatre comes alive with a young energy and noise level that is not even seen at the sugar-fueled climax of panto season.

The show starts before we even reach the auditorium with local break dancers throwing shapes on the landings. The open B-Boy circle also offering anyone the chance to "throwdown" their moves.

However, it was up to the stage performers on the night to show us how its really done.
From the young beginners from Inverclyde to the original VII Gems Rock Dance Division (The traditional rock dance style of New York predates the break dance movement of the 80's), the show was a bit of an education, but most importantly an inspiration to young (and old!) boys to get involved in dance.

The real "wow" moments came from 'Salah' of France (see video) with a heart warming blend of comedy and beautifully fluid body popping and locking. The "hair standing on end" award would have to go to the dancers of 'Myosong', South Korea. Not just ,this time, for their sheer physicality and awe-inspiring moves but for using a challenging soundtrack and tackling a story line of dictatorship and propaganda.

'The Breakin Convention' is often a good indication of what will be on offer at this years Fringe and International Festival. It seems the current trend of loving all things 80's doesn't stop at the fashions I witnessed in the foyer! Body popping was more prevalent at this years show and I expect we will see some fresh takes on the nostalgia this summer.

[ Edinburgh International Festival Programme ]
[ Video Courtesy of Meefedia ]

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