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Thursday, 23 June 2016

Journal Entry #8

This entry will focus on the adaption of breaking in theatre. An article titled "From street to stage" by Luke Jessop promotes a production involving breaking called "Breakin' Convention". It states that only bboying maintained its integrity out of the other elements of hip-hop. The following are two quotes from the article that addressed an interesting statement about hip-hop and breaking in theatre.

"Bboying's significant theatre presence is down to strong-minded individuals who understand that the dance form does not have to remain a competitive street art."

"The present-day hip hop theatre scene is rich with creative and innovative work..."

In regards to the first quote, it states that bboying doesn't always have to be competitive. However, breaking started through its competitive nature. I think that by putting breaking into another context, it strips some of its originating qualities. It is important to understand this because as breaking is introduced to a different scene, I think it loses its authenticity in relation to hip hop culture. Also, the article says that the hip hop theatre scene is creative and innovative. This is probably because it is still a new dance that requires acceptance to be showcased in a production like "Breakin' Convention". Breaking is creative and innovative on its own, but I just think that productions that require choreography and rehearsals takes away from freestyling the art form.

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