Nick is interested in exploring how the DJ can use the turntables as a musical instrument to create a new conversation with the dancers rather than just playing records for them to dance to, to see how the dancer and DJ respond to each other when the ‘conversation’ is taken to this new space. This research working with renowned turntablist Total Eclipse is about digging deeper into the classical forms within Hip Hop finding ways to rediscover the relationship between dancer and turntablist and through this forge new creative ground. How can we find a new level of intimacy within the relationship? Could rediscovering this relationship lead to another creative evolution in the form/s as it did 45 years ago?
Nick Power is a Sydney based b*boy and choreographer. He is one of the leading hip hop dance artists in Australia, working professionally for the past 18 years. His dance work has toured throughout Australia, Europe, Asia and Central America and he has choreographed numerous shows with companies such as Tracks Inc and Stalker Theatre. Nick was the recipient of the Australia Council dance residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris 2012 which inspired his first full length independent work Cypher. The work premiered at Darwin Festival in 2014 and has toured to Europe twice and throughout Australia. Nick started out in Brisbane running his own dance space and has nurtured young and emerging dancers through workshop projects with organisations including Contact Inc, Stylin Up Indigenous hip hop festival, Stamping Ground and Schools Spectacular. He has worked extensively in regional centres and in the remote Indigenous community of Lajamanu on the Milpirri project with Tracks Dance. Over the past 20 years he has curated grass roots, medium and large scale hip hop dance events working with some of Australia’s most significant venues and festivals including Carriageworks, Sydney Festival, Darwin Festival and Brisbane City Council. Nick is currently the dance curator at Campbelltown Arts Centre.
Main image and image 1: Nick Power. Photo by Prue Upton.
Image 2: Akorn in Cypher, by Nick Power. Photo by Johnny Chiang.