TOP 9:A STORY OF A B-BOY GROUP/ DANCE ON CAMERA FESTIVAL
February 8, 2023
When hip-hop seeped through the Bronx and beyond, young men started teaching themselves this highly athletic, beat -driven dance form in Russia and elsewhere. MTV became a major carrier of hip hop culture making it possible for international youths to become expert B-Boys.
One of the premier European groups sprouted in St. Petersburg, Russia. A country renowned for it's rich dance history, Russia produced an award-winning troupe of devoted B-Boys.
Fans of early hip-hop will thrill at all the footage of battles and boom boxes. The film, by Manas Sirakanyan, draws viewers into the lives of young men intent on excelling technically and artistically in this very American urban art form.
In one very poignant scene, a Top 9 member stands in the middle of a bustling city square and pronounces Kharkiv (now under siege by Russia) the "hip hop capital of the Ukraine."
After injuries and the strain of passing years on their bodies, the young men marry, have families, and yet, they retain a soulful connection to hip-hop culture.
Screening February 13 as part of the Dance on Camera Festival
EYE ON THE ARTS, NY -- Celia Ipiotis