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Introduction to Hip Hop (02:31)


Choreographers recall seeing the genre for the first time and discuss how it has evolved. (Credits)

Origins of Hip Hop (01:19)

Largely neglected in the dance scene, France is the only country which allows hip hop to be performed on national stages and helps inspire new choreographers.

Rehearsal (03:01)

In "Silence, We're Rolling!" the Pockemon Crew weaves 20's and 30's music and dance with break dancing.

Dance on a Shoe String Budget (02:58)

"Silence, We're Rolling!" needs more rehearsal time and financial investment for production, but the contageous energy is palpable. Assistant Choreographer Hafid Sour compares battling to a show performance

Proving Hip Hop's Worth (01:19)

Because B-boys have limited training and range, very few companies take notice of them. Riyad Fghani explains that these hurdles provide incentives for his dance crew to test boundaries and improve their performances.

Revolution Dance Academy (02:46)

Anthony Egéa describes why he created the academy and what its goals are. Viewers watch a typical audition to attend his school.

Mixing Ballet and Hip Hop (01:22)

Egéa explains what he looks for in a prospective dancer. Swann Sibii, one of the dancers auditioning for a slot, describes why learning ballet technique is important to him.

Solo Audition (02:55)

Sibbii describes how he wants to evolve as a dancer. Egéa critiques the audition.

Teaching a Master Class (03:33)

Egéa explains why he enjoys watching his students develop. Stressing the importance of a dance troupe to practice together every day, he elaborates on what type of dancers he would like.

Learning to Project Emotion (01:23)

Manuel Guillot explains what he learns at the academy and shares his aspirations.

Vagabond Crew (02:27)

Mohamed Belarbi uses the interplay of light and varying speeds of movements to create visual poetry— he demands perfection. While an audience is being seated for a performance, he re-choreographs a portion that is causing him concern.

Vagabond Performs and Battles (02:11)

Watch a performance of "Alien". Vincent Omar Latiff compares battling with performing in a show from a dancer's perspective.

Battle of the Year 2012: Preliminaries (02:36)

Vagabond attempts to win back to back championships. Belarbi explains what makes his group so unique. Watch performances from the competition.

Battle of the Year 2012: Semifinals (01:57)

Vagabond competes against Pockemon Crew head to head. Vagabond wins both the semifinal and final rounds. Dancer Sofiane Felouki describes why the troupe has so much success; he thinks of Belarbi like a father.

Pushing Dancers to Evolve (02:38)

Mourad Merzouki describes how hip hop has transformed and improved over the years as a dance genre. Trained in martial arts, Merzouki uses other cultures dance styles and circus acts to inspire his productions. Watch a performance.

Käfig Dance Company (03:02)

Watch rehearsals of a show Merzouki choreographed inspired by boxing. Dancers discuss hip hop and how dancers are molded.

Dancer Versatility (02:12)

Aurélien Desobry who dances with Käfig Dance Company and studied at Revolution, explains how he began dancing. Merzouki describes his style of choreography.

Käfig Dance Company Performs "Boxe Boxe" (03:15)

Merzouki describes what he hopes his choreography achieves. Watch a portion of the performance. Dancers describe the craft and what engages them.

Advent of the B-Girl (02:59)

"Amazon" was choreographed in 2003. Egéa describes what inspired him, how he feminized hip hop, and Emilie Sudre's role in transforming a male dominated genre.

Dance Can Speak (03:17)

Egéa created "Rage" after meeting b-boys in Africa who wanted to be recognized in the world of dance. Salim M'ze Hamadi compares battling to performing in a show.

Auditions for "Bliss" (02:12)

Merzouki describes how hip hop was originally considered a trend that would die out. He notes that it is still relevant today and discusses its evolution. He wants to return to its original inspiration for his next project.

Credits: When Hip Hop Becomes Art: Revitizing Contemporary Dance (01:18)

Credits: When Hip Hop Becomes Art: Revitizing Contemporary Dance

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When Hip Hop Becomes Art: Revitalizing Contemporary Dance

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This film explores the evolution of hip hop, from its inception where audiences were charmed by acrobatic moves to present day where choreography applies ballet, sports maneuvers, circus performances and other dance genres while still remaining authentic to its original philosophy. Yet, all over the world, hip hop crews are still largely ignored by the official art scene and denied opportunities to perform on national stages—except in France. With interviews from renowned choreographers Riyad Fghani, Anthony Egéa and Mourad Merzouk, viewers follow several of France's most prestigious dance crews.  

Length: 54 minutes

Item#: BVL114453

ISBN: 978-1-68272-808-6

Copyright date: ©2013

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