Program 12: Focus on Form
Sunday, February 12, 2023
Top Nine: A Story of the B-Boy Crew (ДЕВЯТЬ ЛУЧШИХ. ИСТОРИЯ КОМАНДЫ TOP NINE)
Manas Sirakanyan, 2022, Russia, 89m
Russian with English subtitles
Top Nine Crew is one of the most famous crews in the world of breaking. Over the 20 years of its history, Top Nine has won many international competitions, including the biggest championship—Battle of the Year—created several theatrical productions, taught generations of students, become style icons, and set an example of what a b-boy crew should be. From the first dance steps to artistic excellence, from small jams to world victories, and from street shows to the big stage, the members of the legendary Top Nine crew tell us their stories with personal immediacy.
North American Premiere
Joan Bernat Pineda, Marta Lorenzi, Isabel De Piero, Yolanda Medina, Cristina Lozano, Carmen Zaragoza, Isabel Bilbao, and Rafel Arnal, 2022, Spain, 4m
With two interwoven expressions of worshipful praise, allahu akbar and te deum, the dance captured by the camera from the collective work of 10 directors gives shape to Sharqi. This maelstrom of dance sharply reflects Mediterranean tradition and contemporaneity through a revisiting of dabke dance: repetitive structure and speed as ornamentation.