SAUGA STREET-DANCE SUMMIT 2018 | "7 SAMURAI" All Style Street Dance Battle - Living Arts Centre & Ground illusionz
In the past 20 years, the Living Arts Centre has served as a local gathering ground for many esteemed dancers from across the world. These dancers have contributed to our local community in the form of demonstration, education, performance presentation and various ways the public may or may not be aware of. Cultivation is one of those ways and is often seen and fostered in the foyer and hallways of the LAC almost every night.
The creation of "7 Samurai" street-dance battle, is more than just a fine quality event for entertainment purposes… its intention is to celebrate, honour and nurture our Mississauga Street-dance community. The manner is genuine and authentic to our home community while developing a respectful dialogue, relationship and informed lens between vision, artist and community support.
The creation of "SAUGA STREET-DANCE SUMMIT" is aimed at facilitating a thematic experience! holding tribute to the finest quality practitioners of Street-Dance culture, manifested in all its varied forms. At the same time "S3" is meant to inspire and unify the collective Mississauga community of all ages, creating an intergenerational support network that grants continual inspiration and encouragement of our hidden gems and world class talent.
This years event will begin with a unique workshop / discussion panel hosted by Yvon Soglo CRAZYSMOOTH (BBOYIZM), Jerome Villa FRESH FX (Ground illusionz) & Kozi Eze (R.D.L.S) at 4PM until 5PM. This workshop will be designed to incorporate various street dances and their historical contexts through the experience of three dancers with some of the highest reputable status in Canada. These dancers will also act as the judges for the battle.
OPEN CYPHER QUALIFIERS
The second phase of our event will include formal introductions and opening to our battle event and entertainment for the evening. Then proceed to our "OPEN CYPHER" battle PLEASE SIGN sign up online prior, or registered at the event itself. The 7 "All style" contestants of the qualifier will be chosen to be part of the main event.
MC TESTAMENT (P.E.A.C.E.)
20 year veteran Matthew Jones aka MC TESTMENT will deliver a RAP performance, true to the foundations and essence of Hip-Hop culture.
7 SAMURAI FINAL BATTLE
Our Battle will be in "7 to Smoke" a unique format, which pit the contestants against each other for 25 minutes dancing to live music provided by "RE.VERSE" one of Toronto's most prominent Funk and breaks bands. The winner of the battle will be the one with the most point collected over the battle period rounds. Winner will be awarded & 7 Samurai receive 20 hours of LAC Studio time to co-create a piece for next year 2019.
Our event will conclude with an OPEN MIC and open floor to build, vibe and network.
GADFLY PERFORMANCE: KLOROFYL
Award-winning urban dance company GADFLY Presents Klorofyl, influenced by the 1964 Japanese Classic film “Seven Samurai”. In this powerful and athletic piece, warriors need to regain their spark when they’re forced to work together for survival. Their turbulent encounters with a tribe break them from their emptiness. Now they have a choice: Return to their primal state of survival or achieve together what many find risky and impossible: THRIVE.