Presented at Théâtre Le Diamant
In English, surtitled in french
Crazy Smooth (Canada | Montréal)
Growing old is certainly not easy for anyone, but for dance artists—especially those who practise urban or street dance—it is a feat that borders on the heroic. The body is stressed to the extreme, with injuries and limitations accumulating over the years. This practice is closely associated with youth, vigour and agility, and few are the brave who persist beyond middle age…
Dancer-choreographer Crazy Smooth—whose real name is Yvon Soglo—has gathered nine ‘’b-girls“ and ‘’b-boys”, ranging in age from 20 to 60, to create a show inspired by their personal stories of resilience and vulnerability, of triumphs and defeats. In My Body aims to celebrate the authenticity of breakdancing and pay tribute to the love and solidarity that unites this community.
The ensemble offers a breathtaking performance delivered by a brilliant, committed and virtuoso intergenerational cast, which unfolds in a space sculpted by admirably inventive lights and projections. Through ensemble numbers, duets and solos as well as confidences and interviews, bodies and hearts sometimes exult in the joy of dancing and sometimes express pain in a very moving way.
Assistant choreographer / Rehearsal director
Julie Rock, Anyo, Jayson Collantes, DKC Freeze, Vibz, Tash, Crazy Smooth, Nubian Néné, Tiffany Leung
Outside eye Melly Mel
Costume designer and stylists Sonya Bayer & Melly Mel
Original Music DJ Shash’U
Writer Alejandro Rodriguez
Lights Chantal Labonté
Creative consultant Sophie Michaud
Multimedia Designer Thomas Payette (mirari)
Creative Programmer Charles-Éric Gandubert (The interactive box)
Set Designer Xavier Mary (mirari)
Production Director & Technical Director André Houle – CCOV
Video Director Samuel Boucher
Lighting Director Chantal Labonté
Tour Manager Claire Bourdin
Agent Gillian Reid
Centre de Création O Vertigo – CCOV
Developed with support from the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund.
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.