Gather around a dizzying circle of New York’s most talented street dancers for a radical re-take on the traditional cypher with Champion B-girl Anne Nguyen and a specially assembled dream team of young NYC street dancers.
Featuring DJ Boogie Blind.
Commissioned by Dancing in the Streets and Crossing the Line Festival. Co-presented by The Bronx Museum of the Arts in partnership with Gibney Dance Center. Supported by King's Fountain.
Free admission and cash bar
Location: Lower Gallery
“I seek to reconcile the freedom, pleasure, technical prowess and self-transcendence peculiar to hip hop… questioning the place of the human being in the modern-day world.”
Breakdance world champion Anne Nguyen has spent the past decade bringing hip-hop—and some of the genre’s most accomplished dancers—to French stages and beyond. Her highly stylized work celebrates the technical excellence and idiosyncratic moves of each dancer as she works to create a new theatrical language from hip-hop forms. Her choreography throws abstracted urban dance into collision with geometry, architecture, and human experience.
Currently in residence at the Theatre de Chaillot Paris, Nguyen is one of France’s most up-and-coming choreographers. This fall, Nguyen will make her US debut in a spectacular series of events that brings a new energy to the streets, and a new movement language to the stage.
Anne Nguyen joins forces with 20 NYC street dancers in a radical take on the hip-hop cypher. Playfully referencing the circle of dancers that surrounds an ever-changing soloist—the audience moves in and out of constellations of dancers who explore dizzying sequences of movement in ever-shifting levels and locations. For the audience, perspective, perception, and participation are in constant flux, with an intimate proximity to the action.
DJ Boogie Blind's advanced skill at blending house, drum & bass, hip-hop, funk and dub step into party-perfect mixes is familiar to many international clubs and festivals where crowds rock out to his sets. The New York native, dubbed “International Boogie Blind” by the DJs of Beatminerz Radio, produces original music, tours the world year-round and lends his signature scratches to records for recording artists during the mixing process. Blind, who was inspired by an uncle that deejayed during his childhood, eventually met and was taken under the wing of turntabalist legend Roc Raida of the X-Ecutioners. As part of the X-Men, Blind learned to execute the tricks and scratches that now leave lesser deejays scratching only their heads.
This world-premiere will morph in three different locations, from the Bronx Museum of the Arts to Roberto Clemente Plaza in the South Bronx culminating in a final performance in Times Square.