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the theatre entered a new gear with the Soweto Skeleton Movers, four tall skinny guys whose timing and agility - sometimes contortion - was enchanting, funny and sometimes gruesome

A night of hip-hop dance with performers from 'around the world and around the corner' brought together my children's former dance classmates with acts from Soweto, Montreal and South Korea.  One of the final events at this year's Brighton Festival, Breakin' Convention was put together by JP Omari whose dedication to street dance for Brighton's children produced some jaw-droppingly confident and slick performances in the first half from various groups of children of around 10 and upwards. 

Co-curated and MC'd by pioneer Jonzi D, the theatre entered a new gear with the Soweto Skeleton Movers, four tall skinny guys whose timing and agility - sometimes contortion - was enchanting, funny and sometimes gruesome. The Tentacle Tribe, a man/woman duo from Montreal, moved and entwined their long, slender limbs in a mesmerising dance quite unlike any other performance either that evening or, in fact, at all as far as I have seen. Finally, Just Dance, from South Korea, clad in loose-fitting black from top to toe and with masks denoting seven different emotions, were break-dancing maestros, flipping and spinning until the audience gasped. 

Value for money couldn't be questioned with JP leading a free-for-all space for individuals to get up and do their stuff in the interval. The music continued to boom and kids stepped, one by one and sometimes in pairs, into a circle in the bar area of the Dome to showcase their talents, the audience gathered round clapping and encouraging. Even one of the tall skinny Soweto guys gave us some more of his groove. 

 

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