Overview: Deejay x Dancer, Opera Home Studio, August 18
It began, because it did at a Bronx home occasion in 1973, with a person and a turntable.
Tonight it wasn’t hip-hop originator DJ Kool Herc elongating the percussive ‘breakdowns’ of James Brown’s Give It Up Or Turnit A Free and Aretha Franklin’s Suppose to begin our heads nodding, however one in all his fast-fingered heirs within the type of DJ Whole Eclipse.
The New Yorker-turned-Sydneysider and former world turntable battle champion opened the present with a boombastic masterclass in mixing, mixing, scratching and beat juggling. Not like Herc again within the ’70s Bronx, Eclipse didn’t use precise vinyl information, however the expertise didn’t dampen the party-starting and head-flipping spirit of his craft.
Then got here the dancers.
In Demi Sorono, Jackson Garcia and Anastasios Repousi we knew we have been getting three of Australia’s most energetic and thrilling avenue movers. But the choreography by Nick Energy nonetheless created virtually insufferable rigidity, as Eclipse slowed his output to single, sparing beats, and the trio stared and stalked him like they have been within the opening spherical of a boxing match.
Then joyous launch as a beat correct kicked in and these three displayed their spectacular arsenal of motion.
All of the breakdance classics have been there throughout tonight’s one-hour present – the pops, the locks, the headspins, the airflares – but in addition loads of innovation. A co-ordinated snake-like motion was notably spectacular, whereas Garcia’s impression of a shaken-up soda can exploding needs to be seen to be believed.