Breaking down barriersPosted by Paul Caskey on May 6, 2011
Live Art Dance kicked off its last show of the season last night and it rocked. I first got turned on to Vancouver”s 605 Collective almost two years ago at the annual Dance in Vancouver festival. DIV has two primary objectives: Shine the spotlight on dance to celebrate the province”s artistic richness, invite “buyers” to the party to share the wealth. I remember being impressed by the number of artists and the quality of work being made (especially when you consider that BC ranks dead last (by a long shot!) in terms of per capita cultural investment) but what really impressed was the number of younger artists who were pushing barriers and fully/successfully embracing DIY production. I”ve been looking forward to seeing 605 Collective”s show Audible live since first meeting these people back in October 2009.
Our evening started with a great history lesson provide by Drew Moore/Concrete Roots. While I”ve been privileged to catch snapshots into the history of hip hop culture by the likes of B-boy Buddha (Canadian Floormasters), Moore gave us a very precise idea of how hip hop was born (I had an aha! moment when I realised that”s how the term Break dance emerged!) Anyhow, long story short, the 605 Collective has respectable street cred while managing to pull off a smokin” hot contemporary dance performance.
The level of energy they sustain from start to finish is amazing… As one of The Woods grrls mentioned afterwards, usually a hip hop dancer has to go all out for three minutes max, then they get at least a small break… Once Audible starts the 605 crew rocks til the end. Run, jump, flip, hit the floor, slide, a little lockin” and poppin”… Don”t miss this show!
Oh, and before I sign off, while this is definitely a feel good show that you can just watch without thinking about anything, they also challenge you to think (something I always welcome in dance). The inspiration behind Audible was born largely from how we now communicate – texting, tweeting… face-time with out actually having any face to face time! Interesting to see how this very tight ensemble shifts in and out of harmony with each other depending on who”s leading, who”s biting, and who”s actually looking in another person”s eyes. Virtual vs flesh and blood.
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