5-Day Open Workshop/Lecture-Demo/Seminar for B-Boys from Bangalore and beyond, culminating in a Dance Battle.
Storm, a famous dancer and dance teacher from Germany, will be conducting a five-day workshop at the Urban Mela. Having developed his own style of dance, as well as a unique method for teaching, he will draw upon a variety of styles and practices of dance. There will be a particular focus on Popping, Locking and B-Boying (breakdance). Given Storm's commitment to scientific foundations and aesthetic nuances in dancing, participants will be exposed to not only the anatomical aspects of dance, but also to aesthetic, rhythmic and musical elements. The workshop will also give importance to dancing in a way that is true to the b-boying (breakdance) form, but one that does not cross the safety limits of the body. Following the five-day workshop there will be an intensedance battle where dancers will pull out all the moves they've got to compete for victory on the dance floor.
More about Storm:
Storm (Niels Robitzky) started dancing as a little child, but seriously caught on to the dances b-boying (breakdance), popping and locking at the age of 14. His first tours he did for "Bravo Breakdance sensation 84". Soon after that, the big fashion 'Breakdance' died out. Nevertheless, he didn't stop studying styles, got connected with other b-boys and stayed creative and productive throughout the times when Breaking was considered obsolete.
By 1991 his group "the Battle Squad" was one of the leading b-boy (breakdance) groups in the world and thanks to them and others, the art of b-boying (breakdance) is so alive and strong today. In 1991 and 1992 he and his crew Battle Squad won the "international Balle of the year".Because of the struggle in times when b-boying (breakdance) was out of fashion and the fact that he´s been dancing for so long, he decided to establish hip hop culture in the theatre world.
From 1992 onwards he danced with a New York Dance Company called 'Ghettoriginal'. He has performed in shows at Washington's Kennedy Center and at New York's Lincoln Center. During the same period he hosted the hip hop magazine 'Freestyle' on the German TV channel Viva.
Briefly, after quitting his job in early 1996, he decided to form a dance company in his hometown Berlin, which was called the 'Storm and Jazzy Project'. With two choreographies they toured many different theatres around the world. The first performance was seen in February 1997 in the "maison de la danse" in Lyon. When he wasn't dancing, he wrote 'From Swipe to Storm' which came out in January 2000 and tells the story of "breaking" in Germany. It was only published in German language.
Storm performed "Solo for Two" at the Opening of the Year of Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities on September 24, 2011 at Good Shepherd Auditorium, Bangalore, to a packed and highly appreciative audience and also presented the results of a workshop: Storm breaks in Bangalore. Welcome back to Bangalore Storm!
12-01 Solo 4 Two: Solo show
06-06 Choreography of the inauguration of FIFA Worldcup 2006
03-06 Geometronomics: Theatre show with "Discipulos do ritmo" from Sao Paolo
07-09 "Storm in classical context" Improvisation to classical music
04-87 Guinness Book of Records / Most windmills
04-91 'Battle of the Year' as 'Battle Squad' 1st place
02-92 IDO World champion / Breakdance (to get the IDO title is a joke!)
05-92 'Battle of the Year' as 'Swift and Storm' 1st place
11-98 Winner at "Freestyle session 3" San Diego as "Flying tortillas"
Patrick Grigo aka B-Boy Parrish
From the age of eighteen, Patrick has devoted his life to his greatest passion—dance. After much hard work and training, today he is an internationally acclaimed artist and has performed and choreographed at trade fairs, fashion shows, dance congresses and festivals. Patrick’s style emphasizes creativity, individuality, improvisation and an understanding of movement.