Gravityless: A B-Boy Takes Flight

I have to admit that when I saw the title of the new dance film, Gravityless, I fully expected it to be something with high tech CGI visuals. Instead what I got from the piece by David Olkarny, was something far more subtle and uplifting at the same time. It’s a film which follows b-boy dancer Karimbo around the city and countryside as he throws himself into almost gravity defying moves. As he hits the apex the film slows, revealing the poetry of each instance: Karimbo floats above sky scrapers, wooded glens, and sandy beaches in his dress pants, white shirt and thin black tie.

Break Dancers: Illustrating Motion

These brilliant break dancer illustrations will make any designer/illustrator want to bust a move. Created by French artist Florian Nicolle (aka Neo), each sketch like drawing carries with it the spirit of fast movements accurately performed. Seemingly to emphasize this effect, Neo has included Cartesian-like coordinate systems with swooping arrows and jotted notes about jump heights. It’s as if these were meant to show us how to perform these challenging moves.

Bar Mitzvahs & Breakdancing: A Coming of Age Tale

B-BOY is a story of a boy who is coming of age in two cultures – the culture of his religion and the culture of his passion – and the lessons he learns from each.

Street Photography Meets Breakdancing

Saint Louis Bridge

Everyone has seen breakdancers on the streets, but not everyone has seen them like this. While breakdancing is often viewed as a street culture, its roots go much deeper than a group of young people doing acrobatics on the street.  Carlo Cruz, while not a dancer himself, became inspired when his cousin made a b-boy documentary and asked him to take some stills.  From then on he was hooked and his photography continues to transform the street culture into an art form.