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Dutch breakdance troupe 155 to perform in Jakarta

Josa Lukman

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, April 2, 2019  /  05:54 pm
Dutch breakdance troupe 155 to perform in Jakarta

Spin and dip: LIJF by Dutch breakdancing collective 155 will feature elements of voguing, a dance popularized by African-American drag queens. (Courtesy of Erasmus Huis/155)

A breakdancing collective from the Netherlands 155 (onefivefive) is set to arrive in town to perform their latest performance LIJF (body).

Composed of friends who grew up together, 155 describes themselves as those who share a passion for music, film, bizarre humor and art.

Their repertoire of performances include theater, short films, and acts created by combining dance, comedy and music.

Supported by Dutch cultural center Erasmus Huis, 155 will hold their performance along with workshops in three cities across Indonesia.

The group will hold their first performance on April 3 at Erasmus Huis in Jakarta, before moving on to Bandar Lampung, Lampung, on April 6 and then to Surakarta, Central Java, on April 10.

Acrobatic: 155's performances frequently combine dance, music, theater and humor. Acrobatic: 155's performances frequently combine dance, music, theater and humor. (Courtesy of Erasmus Huis/155)

The collective has performed at numerous dance festivals around the world, including the Freetown Music Festival in Sierra Leone, Sziget in Budapest, the Lunga Festival in Iceland, and De Nederlandse DansDagen as well as the Lowlands Festival in the Netherlands. 

In 2014, the group won the André Gingras Award at the Holland Dance Festival and received the Nederlands Dansdagen Jong Publiek prize in 2018.

LIJF, a breakdance concert done in collaboration with theater group DOX and pop singer Anne-Fay, is inspired by the bodily movements of people who dance the night away in clubs.

During the performance, the dancers will be accompanied by electronic music act Cookachoo, providing a club-esque vibe reminiscent of the 1990s.

LIJF will also feature voguing, a stylized dance technique popularized in 1980s New York by African-American drag queens. The dance, named after fashion magazine Vogue, would later become the inspiration of a Madonna song of the same name.

“When someone in a crowd is dancing like nobody's watching, it might look a little funny. But when five people are acting like that in unison, it is suddenly about the beauty of movement,” the group said in a statement.

“Falling in the exact same way many times is something totally different than just falling.” (ste)

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