Responsive Program Resident 2013 and 2018
Nick Power is one of Australia’s leading hip hop dance artists, working professionally for the past 14 years as a b*boy, choreographer, teacher and festival director. Nick has facilitated community cultural development workshops, nurtured young and emerging dancers, worked in regional centres and remote indigenous communities and produced large-scale hip hop events and festivals. He has choreographed shows for companies such as Tracks Dance and Stalker Theatre, and his work has toured throughout Europe and Australia, and to Hong Kong and Mexico. Nick is also the founding director of the Platform Hip Hop Festival, an annual celebration produced by Carriageworks in Sydney including shows, exhibitions, workshops and a national dance competition.
One of a small group of choreographers internationally fusing hip hop styles with contemporary choreographic techniques and dance theatre, the opportunity to connect with peers is important to Nick’s practice and is a core part of the exchange philosophy built into b*boy culture. Most recently he has been facilitating an exchange between the Tiny Toones crew from Cambodia and the D*City Rockers from Darwin in Australia’s north. In 2012, Nick was awarded the Australia Council’s dance residency at Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, where he began choreographic research that led to Cypher (2014). This performance examines the circular formation that occurs at jams and battles as hip hop’s most important ritual space and source of language, tension, rivalry and communication.
‘While my work pushes the boundaries of the hip hop artform, it remains strongly rooted in the culture of hip hop, using that culture as its core tool of communication.’