A Contortionist's Delight
By: Ryan Lindsay
Before going to jams and witnessing it in its present form, I, among others, superficially regarded breaking (i.e., b-boying, break-dancing) in the past tense. To me, breaking was a distant pillar of the culture we know as hip-hop, and like the crumbling Ionic columns of the Acropolis, one relegated to the historical. In truth, it's just more underground than rapping or Djing, and more disconnected from mainstream rap. In decades past, when hip-hop and breaking were growing up so close to each other, the biggest MCs and Djs would shout out the B-boys and B-girls who gave their tracks life through dance. Now, in my inexperienced view, it seems breaking has shifted to define itself as its' own unique performance art, with these artists contorting themselves into amazing positions like street acrobats. Last Thursday's Break Cup made me re-think of breaking as this fantastic mix between contortion, dance, and human sculpture as the B-boys froze in incredible positions. The skill and precision of these young break-dance killers were on full exhibition, as captured in the gallery below.
Winnipeg was fully represented that night, but it was also nice to see breakers turning up from Saskatchewan (with both Regina) and as far away as the Eastern U.S. There were a few juveniles competing too, with the duo Underage Rage (16 and 14 years old) showing out, as well as the 8-year old competitor Half-Flip. Congratulations to the Dead Seed Crew on their win, and shout-outs to all those who competed, and everyone who came out. A special shout-out is in order for Nim-Dawg for MCing the whole thing, and DJ WATG Steve for keeping everything flowing in his first break-dancing DJ set. December 3rd showed me that breaking is alive and well in Winnipeg.
full click-through gallery above