Two Crews @ Space Theatre, Adelaide 11/3/2020

Two Crews is a fun-filled dance experience full of light and interactive entertainment that will have you uncontrollably bopping in your seat. If you have ever been curious to know what music actually looks like, then this is it. The soundtrack, composed by Jack Prest, is catchy with mixes of cultural sounds and classic contemporary beats, and the dancers are engaging and exude genuine happiness throughout the entire performance. In its world premiere season, director and choreographer Nick Power, has successfully explored the history of block party ‘battles’. Along with assistant choreographer and dancer who stars in the show, Lea Cazauran, the two create vibes of what it is to be part of a dance crew.

This show highlights the unity and creative dance styles seen in dance crews and inspired by ‘battles’ (originating from the Bronx in the 1970’s). The block party atmosphere was evident in the whole performance when quick interjections from crew members included cheering on and reacting to other dancers during their dance solos or ‘duels’.

Crews are about fellowship, fun, competition and community and these elements are present in this show. We were enthralled and entertained by the eight charismatic performers from the unique Parisian all-female hip hop crew Lady Rocks, and Riddim Nation, a Sydney based collective. Both crews celebrated each other’s vibrant and individualistic dance style. Each performer was different in their styles, bringing an energetic and interesting dynamic to the show.

The show immediately began as an interactive and gripping experience from the opening routine, as both crews stood opposite each other in two corners of the stage, level with the front row of the audience. Slowly, lights lit up each crew and the first few members began their short solo dance. Then in a simultaneously combative and fluid movement, all members took the stage and the crews radiated such joy as they began their lively battle.

Lady Rocks is a revolutionary dance group that displayed their awe-inspiring talents in top rock and combat dance. Their combination of breath-taking locking and breaking with flowing salsa were also shown as the women danced alongside one another in their colourful and warm costumes. Riddim Nation bought their A game as they battled next to Lady Rocks with their stand-out and individual clothing and dance styles. Riddim Nation are revolutionary in their own respect as they bring positive energy and an openness to integrating traditional and cultural dances to their routines. They strikingly incorporated Afro fusion, club dance and hip hop freestyle moves into their battle. All from different backgrounds (Samoan, Tongan, Sudanese and Cambodian), Riddim Nation popped, locked and cheekily waacked their way to Lady Rocks.

Although on opposing crews, these groups showed an underlying sense of togetherness, connection and celebrated each other’s individualism. Two Crews possess more depth than just a dance performance; it teaches us how to embrace our different cultures and communities. I hope this show returns next year, because more people need to experience these talented dancers with the coolest kicks, brightest energies and uniquely inclusive dance styles.

Adelaide Festival Review By Zara Zampaglione

For tickets and show information head to the Adelaide Festival.

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