It's said that the bravest thing a dancer can do is grow old – for a b-boy/b-girl, the experience is approaching heroic. In keeping with hip-hop culture, b-boys/b-girls present a façade of confidence and invincibility as they engage in battles to prove their value and establish their dominance. The resulting vocabulary is one of the most physically demanding and visually impressive of the dance genres and leaves no room for the expression of vulnerability.
For In My Body, dancer / choreographer Crazy Smooth brings together an intergenerational group of dancers and an international creative team for an intensely athletic investigation of the evolution of self and the effects of aging on street dancers.
In My Body is the second production to be developed through the Centre de Création O Vertigo - CCOV’s long-term residency program. Crazy Smooth is also the recipient of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s 2020 Clifford E. Lee Choreography Award.
As Executive Producer, the Centre de Création O Vertigo – CCOV brings a unique combination of experimentation and innovation to dance creation and production. Via its long-term artist-in-residence program, the CCOV collaborates with distinctive choreographers to produce ambitious, large-scale works that contribute to the healthy evolution of contemporary performing art practices. A focal point for artistic reflection, an incubator for talent, and a catalyst for ideas, the CCOV’s production model empowers the creative brilliance of a new generation of artists. Crazy Smooth is the CCOV’s 2019-2021 Artist-in-Residence.
Dancing since 1997, Crazy Smooth is one of Canada’s top street dancers, performers, choreographers, instructors, judges, and community leaders. The 2020 recipient of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity's 2020 Clifford E. Lee Choreography Award, he is the founder and creative director of Bboyizm, an award-winning street-dance company that has been instrumental in the preservation and growth of street dance in Canada and internationally. Founded in 2004, Bboyizm is Canada’s premier street-dance company. The company is committed to promote and preserve the foundation, authenticity, and essence of all street dances. Bboyizm believes that authentic self-expression enables an individual – and by extension, a community – to realize its full potential.
The National Creation Fund’s investment of $175,000 supported a significantly longer research and creation process with the dancers and creative team, and the development of a ground-breaking marriage between Street Dance and multimedia design.
Executive Producer: Centre de Création O Vertigo – CCOV.
Co-production partners: Bboyizm, The CanDance Network Creation Fund, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Brian Webb Dance Company, Yukon Arts Centre, dance Immersion and Canadian Stage, and is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.
Developed with support from the National Arts Centre's National Creation Fund.
March 4 & 5, 2022: Timms Centre for the Arts (Edmonton), presented by the Brian Webb Dance Company
March 10 & 11, 2022: Yukon Arts Centre (Whitehorse)
March 24 & 25, 2022: Babs Asper Theatre (Ottawa), presented by NAC Dance
Yvon Soglo is a Gatineau-based dancer/choreographer who has been awarded a $175,000 grant. He's one of 13 Canadian artists to receive money