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Meet Dea Birkett, Circus250 Ringmistress

Meet Dea Birkett, Circus250 Ringmistress

We have invited our members to tell us a little more about themselves, their backgrounds, inspirations and thoughts on the exciting art forms of Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle in Ireland (and further afield)! Dea Birkett, a former circus artiste, founded and is Ringmaster of Circus250, the UK and Ireland-wide celebration of 250 years of circus in 2018. An established broadcaster, Dea recently made Who Killed the...

Introducing Inferno

Introducing Inferno

We have invited our members to tell us a little more about themselves, their backgrounds, inspirations and thoughts on the exciting art forms of Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle in Ireland (and further afield)! Introducing Inferno Fire Show, a Cork-based Fire Performance Company creating new sensations for audiences mixing circus skills, theatre, fire manipulation and pyrotechnics. The company was created by a trio of highly accomplished fire...

Introducing Circomara, the Sailing Circu…

Introducing Circomara, the Sailing Circus!

We have invited our members to tell us a little more about themselves, their backgrounds, inspirations and thoughts on the exciting art forms of Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle in Ireland (and further afield)!   Introducing Circomara, an Irish based circus company specialising in Acrobatics and Physical Comedy, who sailed all the way down from Sweden to Dublin in 2013. Since then, Circomara has become a renowned company in...

Meet Tumble Circus!

Meet Tumble Circus!

We have invited our members to tell us a little more about themselves, their backgrounds, inspirations and thoughts on the exciting art forms of Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle in Ireland (and further afield)!   Introducing Tumble Circus, a modern circus company, based in Belfast. Tumble Circus team has won international multiple awards for their work. They have toured throughout Ireland, the UK, Europe, Canada and Australia. Tumble...

Meet National Circus Festival of Ireland

Meet National Circus Festival of Ireland

We have invited our members to tell us a little more about themselves, their backgrounds, inspirations and thoughts on the exciting art forms of Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle in Ireland (and further afield)! Introducing National Circus Festival of Ireland, one of the most exciting circus festival in Ireland, organised every year in Tralee, Kerry by Fanzini Production. The festival is an opportunity to see eye-popping international shows...

Meet Spraoi, Waterford!

Meet Spraoi, Waterford!

Photo:  Spraoi St Patrick's Parade 2014 We have invited our members to tell us a little more about themselves, their backgrounds, inspirations and thoughts on the exciting art forms of Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle in Ireland (and further afield)! Introducing Spraoi, a well-established and renowned street theatre company from Waterford, perhaps best known for its annual Spraoi Festival and Parade held every August Bank Holiday weekend...

Meet Cork Circus Factory!

Meet Cork Circus Factory!

Picture: Pizzicu Piz | Interviewee: Cormac Mohally  We have invited our members to tell us a little more about themselves, their backgrounds, inspirations and thoughts on the exciting art forms of Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle in Ireland (and further afield)! Introducing Circus Factory, Cork’s only dedicated circus training, creation and performance space. Circus Factory a member-led organisation run by a collective of professional and aspiring circus artist volunteers who strive to advance circus...

Meet Aisling Ní Cheallaigh!

Meet Aisling Ní Cheallaigh!

We have invited our members to tell us a little more about themselves, their backgrounds, inspirations and thoughts on the exciting art forms of Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle in Ireland (and further afield)! First up is the very talented Aisling Ni Cheallaigh who has worked and trained with fellow ISACS Members Fidget Feet, Irish Aerial Creation Centre, Ether Productions , Aerial Cirque and Taking Flight...

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The Irish Street Arts, Circus & Spectacle Network We are a collaborative network of people and organisations interested in the development of the Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle art forms for, with and by Irish artists. We represent over 70 member organisations and individuals across Ireland and beyond. We have a voluntary Board of Directors which are elected by the members in rotation at our Annual General Meeting. We aim to raise the profile, increase recognition and support the development of the sector by:
  • Information and resource sharing
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  • National and International Networking

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On the 21st, 27th and 28th of May two ISACS artists Ria Murphy of Aerial Cirque and Severine De Maleingrau of Sevesfeathers were selected to discover shows and events of the Dublin Dance Festival as part of ISACS DELVE professional development programme supported by Arts Council Ireland.

Delve into the first day of #Delve17 Dublin Dance Festival programme with Top 8 Hip-Hop Dance Battle V3! Read all about ISACS team report on the event and Seve's experience from her discussion with Tobi Omoteso, Dublin-based BBoy and event curator.

 

Introduction to Top 8 Hip-Hop Dance Battles V3.

Hip hop Dance Battle Dublin dance festival DELVE17

Hip-Hop innovator Tobi Omoteso and the Top 8 Team invited dancers from across Ireland and the world to showcase their best moves, represent themselves and their crew in their hugely popular annual dance battle to select this year's Top 8 winners. 

The Battle followed a day of workshops and competitive heats led by the dance masters Top 8 Team, who are passionate about bringing communities together through Hip-Hop culture. 

Thanks to our partnership with Dublin Dance Festival, the event was included in #Delve17 Dublin Dance Festival.

View #Delve17 Dublin Dance Festival Full Programme.

 


Delve into the event

Under the colourful spotlights and on the beats of the DJ, the dancers fight for the title. The MC interacts with the audience, giving even more of a street dance vibe to the event and makes you feel like you're almost elsewhere, probably in America, not in Ireland anyway. Close to the stage, the audience scrutenises dancers' moves and expressions. The atmosphere is so energising that fellow dancers in the crowd are on the verge of jumping on stage and joining the battle.  

[Faustine Damman - ISACS Communications Assistant, describing the event.]

 

The dance styles

Hip Hop

Hip-hop dance refers to street dance styles primarily performed to hip-hop music or that have evolved as part of hip-hop culture. It includes a wide range of styles primarily breaking, locking, and popping which were created in the 1970s and made popular by dance crews in the United States.

Breaking

Dancing in which solo dancers perform acrobatics that involve touching various parts of the body (such as the back or head) to the ground characterised by intricate footwork, pantomime, spinning headstands, tumbling, and elaborate improvised virtuosic movements. It’s more physical and acrobatic.

Krump

Dance to popular music, especially hip-hop, in a style characterised by rapid, exaggerated movements of the arms and legs.

All Styles

 

The curator 

delve17 Tobi omotesoTobi Omoteso is a big deal in the Hip-Hop community. He is an award-winning dancer, recognised for his talent nationally and internationally.

He has won Hip-Hop King of Ireland six years in a row, has won Hip-Hop All Ireland Crew Championship two years in a row and he was the face of B-Boying and Street Dance at many conferences. He has also scored top place at international competitions and made several festival and TV appearances.

He has been dancing and training for over 15 years, and has mentored many emerging dance artists and has taught in various schools throughout the country, spreading the art of Hip-Hop and its culture. 

 

 

The judges: 

  • Anton LB Phung (UK) for Breaking, part of the SMAC 19 crew, one of UK's first generation breaking crews and multi-award winners.
  • Soul Brother Chi (UK) for Hip Hop representing Sui Generis Crew,
  • Jordan Likiyo (Belgium) aka Badd Machine for Krump representing European Krump community and the renowned LikiyoFam

 

Top 8 Core Team: Deborah O'Connor and Sachith Permarathna

DJs: KhanFu (UK) and Dimitri (Lativa)

 

Intermission

Choreography by Crew Showcase // Paradox X Kombat Fam merging different dance styles from classic dance to hip-hop, break dance, krump, contemporary dance, jazz dance and gymnastic rhythmic.

Watch the performance here.

 

 And the event winners are: 

  • Under 16 years old age in Allstyle: Jamie Smith aka Kombat. Watch the finals here.
  • Krump style: Karl Smith aka K9 (Jamie’s big brother). Watch the finals here.
  • Hip-Hop style: Gavin VS Nathan (from the P-Enemy Crew). Watch the finals here.
  • Battle Bboy: Smac19 (UK) VS Hotmilk (France). Watch the finals here.

 

Delver Sevesfeather in conversation with Tobi Omoteso, Dublin-based BBoy.

- Report on “Hip Hop Battles” (by Top 8 Hip-Hop Dance Battles) & “Meet the Makers” 

delve17 Sevesfeathers

Sevesfeathers is Dublin-based artist specialised in hand-balancing and creator of 'Unguarded'. She is also teaching workshops and classes in hand-balancing at the Dublin Circus Project. She was part of #Delve17 Dublin Dance Festival.

 

View Sevesfeathers ISACS profile | Facebook | Instagram

View Sevestfeathers #delve17 report

As a DELVer at the Dublin Dance Festival, I gleaned artist’s insights with the help of my “Fast Track to Dance” partners.

 

My take-away points: the world is your gym-oyster. Don’t care. Don’t prevent movements or the flow will stop. “If you feel something is for you, go for it. Be open.” Less thinking, more feeling. More community nurturing.

 

For Tobi, dancing comes from a place of authenticity. It is a lifestyle. I suspect it also generates incredible charisma. Tobi hones his moves while cooking, when reaching for random things around him. He’ll break into a dance move on the street if he feels like it. He never holds back. It’s totally integrated into his everyday life.

“It’s an attitude. Don’t stop that impulse. If you prevent it, it’ll never flow. Let it flow. Feel it; no lies, no friction.”

 

Tobi sometimes removes the music, the audience and the community to focus solely on skills, to “please the eyes, and the mind’s eyes”.

I was instantly infected by his raw and generous energy. He could hardly sit still while talking to us, Fast-Trackers, about dancing. A few of us regretted not asking him to demonstrate breaking. The frustrating irony of talking about movement.

 

Together, we also questioned the impact of the training space on the art form. Like other underground art forms, breaking indeed started in the streets as a community-oriented practice. What do you lose or gain when you bring it to a studio? “It’s a different feeling, for sure” says Tobi. Tobi never seems concerned.

I thought again about movement as an obvious stress-reducing anti-overthinking practice. Stress feeds off of the lack of connection. I thought next time I am on stage, I will visualise “my family” right behind me, just like I witnessed in those galvanising Hip-Hop Battles. All your friends, family, fellow artists and performers who regularly show you they enjoy your art and support you? They got your back. They channel power into your performance and creations, whatever your art form.

 

We exchanged details. I was left with a long-lasting sense of inspiration.

delve17 dublin dance festival hip hop battle top8 organiser participants

Read Severine's feedback on the DELVE programme.

Life is a rope

Membership Benefits

Becoming a member of ISACS will help the sector to collectively advocate, develop policy and support the development of the future of the Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle art forms in Ireland.

Our members are individuals and organisations who actively support, create, participate and encourage the development of Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle arts across Ireland.
  • Mentoring & professional support
  • Members profile & event listings on ISACS website
  • Invitations to national and international showcases and events
  • Members only professional development programs
  • Increased visibility through online media
  • Discounts for members on many schemes including insurance, accounting, graphic design, video
  • Access to listing of current national & international opportunities
  • Regular members-only newsletter
  • Members Only online and offline discussion groups
  • Members voting, AGM and Board of Directors candidacy rights

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