Cypher captures your attention from the moment the music starts
Question: Who wins in a fully choreographed, epic hip hop battle between four highly talented b*boys?
Answer: The audience does!
Featuring talents from around the world, including Korea, New Zealand, Sydney and Canberra Cypher captures your attention from the moment the music starts, and keeps you mesmerised until the performers leave the stage.
I honestly didn't know what to expect from the performance, the venue or the audience, but was surprised to see a mix of children and adults all enjoying the show.
Once the performance ended, the crowd lingered taking advantage of the funky beats and in some cases trying to replicate the moves of the dancers! Choreographer Nick Power said even he even he was surprised by how involved the audience was a true testament to how much they had enjoyed the show and the relaxed, warm environment of the Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC).
During the performance, the audience is required to stand around the ever shrinking 'arena' so make sure you wear comfy shoes and there is a moderate amount of audience participation, but don't worry, you won't be required to show your own skills unless you're up for it and get the nod! And yes, there were a couple of eager participants from the audience who showed off some of their own moves!
Feats of strength, coordination, endurance and grace as a child of the 80s and 90s, hip hop feels like break dancing's great grandchild and like everything in the new millennium it has evolved to the point where the physicality of the dancers defies both gravity and biology. How do they get their bodies to move like that?
So, I apologise to all involved for the terminology I no-doubt misused, and thank you for allowing me to spend some time enjoying the sub-culture of hip-hop. I hope to see you again on your return performance and recommend that anyone who has some spare time should head over to watch them before they disappear!