Stevio...LA LA Lovin' It?

I'm British-born Chinese from Bristol, UK. I’m LA-based. I’m a hip hop aficionado. After 15 years in London I moved to LA to pursue a new career and outlook on life.

Back in the 80s I was a DJ. In the 90s I contributed to the world's first street style exhibition at London's Victoria & Albert Museum. In 2011, I had my first interviews published. Today, I’m keeping busy with music, art, photos and writing.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

B-Boy 2.0

What has Darmouth College, one of the 46 Ivy League colleges in the US, got to do with hip hop? Well, I discovered that The Hopkins Center gave Bruno Beltrão's "Grupo de Rua" its U.S. premiere.

Before I read that the UK's "The Guardian" newspaper described the show as “Raw 21st-century expression... Extraordinarily brilliant," I went to see the show at Redcat (thanks Sam) and was taken by the Brazilian choreographer's interpretation and metamorphsis of b-boying.

The video below shows elements of breakdance, popping, locking and crunk, yet never conforms with the most established forms of these street dances. No, with Grupo de Rua, Bruno Beltrão and his nine-member troupe deconstruct the typical "one-on-one battles" and synchronized crew routines to create the latest in the H-Series, H3.

"Unlike other choreographers, Bruno Beltrão does not seek to transpose the street to the stage, but to enrich hip hop with the infinite possibilities of choreography." Isabelle Poulin

Learn more about Beltrão and Grupo de Rua here.

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