Tuesday, January 3, 2012

"Animatronik"...Storm, Robozee & Mio

One of the most important goals of a choreographer, is to use movement to make an artistic statement. Storm was one of the original innovators of hip hop, working with Rock Steady Crew from the beginning. He now uses the hip hop vocabulary as a skillful tool for self-expression:

MUSICALITY: The track is in the "glitch" genre of music, so consequently, its stands to reason that the choreo will be highly influenced by the sounds and textures. If they were not to match up, the effect would be lost and highly ineffective. So its a bit of a given that this type of piece will be greatly influenced by the auditory aspects.

DANCER SYNC: Since Storm and his crew are the creators and the performers, it makes sense that the moves fit their bodies so well. Its hard to imagine that a choreographer would ever ask a dancer to do something that they themselves would be unwilling to do...but unfortunately, it happens all to often.

AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT: This is like watching a high-brow work of Banksy graffiti step off the wall and come to life...how could you not be totally enthralled!

KUDOS to Storm for being to true to what Jean-Luc Godard said: "It's not where you take things from—it's where you take them to." Storm has elevated popping and hip hop to a higher art form...brilliant.

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