The Gorilla Crew Presents “Return” (NEH Magazine)

The following was featured in the November “The Alternative Issue” of NEH Magazine.

You can also see photos and videos of the performance here.

According to the Urban Dictionary, the word ‘B-Boy’, short for ‘Break Boy’, originated in the Bronx, New York in the early 70’s. DJ’s began spinning only the ‘breaks’ of songs, parts of songs containing no lyrics, only beats. Those that began dancing over these breaks, you may also know them as ‘break dancers’, began what would become a worldwide phenomenon and cultural movement.

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you should know that Korea is now recognized as ground zero for modern B-Boy culture. Fueled at the onset by the street lifestyle knowledge readily available through high-speed internet connections, as well as the influence from the large International military presence, some of the most talented crews in the world now hale from the southern portion of the peninsula. Modern Seoul and Incheon have played host to massive, government supported B-Boy festivals and competitions. Some of the most successful local crews, widely acknowledged for their tremendous hip hop dancing skills, now tour the world spreading the gospel of Korean B-Boyism.

Sift through a pile of the most notable and you will certainly uncover the Gorilla Crew. Home grown in Korea, they have also performed in the United States, Singapore, China, Japan and Europe. Among the list of accolades and awards they have accumulated, the honorable distinction as the first B-Boy crew to be featured on Broadway no doubt solidifies their spot among worldwide B-Boy elite.

So in the crowded space of spinning power moves, hip twists and suicides, what sets the best apart from the rest? In the case of the Gorilla Crew, it’s having the creativity and execution to successfully adapt their form of dance art to theater.

Their first theatrical performance was heralded across the planet. Fascinated by her street dancing man, “B-Boyz and Ballerina” is a love story about a ballerina turned hip hop dancer. As their relationship grows, so does the jealousy of a rival crew. The result is a show stopping competition between opposing forces.

Homecoming is the strong theme as the Gorilla Crew performs their highly anticipated follow up to “B-Boyz and Ballerina”. In their new production “Return”, a B-Boy turned white collar worker is faced with a tough decision. Take a risk and re-join his former crew in a competition to raise the necessary money needed to hold on to their rehearsal space, or continue along the stable career path as a corporate minion? Making matters worse is a landlord determined to sabotage the competition in hopes of kicking the crew out on the street.

You can catch the Gorilla Crew in their entertaining, 90 minute, street dance theatrical performance “Return”, through December at Kaya Art Hall, Exit #7 of Chungjeongno station.


~ by ripcitytoseoul on November 15, 2010.

2 Responses to “The Gorilla Crew Presents “Return” (NEH Magazine)”

  1. […] I wrote about Gorilla Crew and “Return” in an article featured in the upcoming November “Alternative Issue” of NEH Magazine, I am not going to say a lot right here, right now. Be sure to pick up a copy or […]

  2. […] about a year ago. According to the brochure, they’ve also performed on Broadway! Here’s a review of the show, Return. Return bboy […]

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