In My Body
The Good Fight
With their stunts and vigorous impulses, the b-boys and b-girls seem invincible. But are they as all-powerful when the knees start to give way and the physicality wanes? Choreographer Crazy Smooth sheds light on the taboo of the aging body by inviting nine formidable breakdancers aged 24 to 58 to take the stage—body and soul.
Crazy Smooth draws on the feverish fluidity associated with breakdancing competitions and pushes the boundaries of street dance to show the other side of the body, its maturity and its limits. Moving from smooth group formations to thrumming duets and solos, the performers grip and support each other—an embodiment of supportive community. Punctuated by documentary fragments, life stories and spoken word, In My Body sheds light on how transmission works, from the elders who keep memory alive to the churn of youth. B-boy for life!
Produced by Centre de Création O Vertigo – CCOV
Choreographed by Crazy Smooth
Assistant Choreographer and Rehearsal Director Saxon Fraser
Performed by Jayson Collantes + Mark Collantes + DKC Freeze + Miss Marie + Nubian Néné + Julie Rock + Crazy Smooth + Tash + Vibz
Outside Eye Melly Mel
Original Music DJ Shash’U
Text Alejandro Rodriguez
Costume Design Sonya Bayer + Melly Mel
Lighting Design Chantal Labonté
Creative Consultant Sophie Michaud
Performer and social media Coordinator Anyo
Multimedia and Set Design Xavier Mary + Thomas Payette (mirari)
Creative Programming Charles-Éric Gandubert (La boîte interactive)
Production Director André Houle – CCOV
Technical Director Jarrett Bartlett
Video Director Samuel Boucher
Tour Manager Claire Bourdin
Touring Gillian Reid
Co-produced by Bboyizm + CanDance Creation Fund + Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity + Brian Webb Dance Company (Edmonton) + Yukon Arts Centre (Whitehorse) + dance Immersion (Toronto) + Canadian Stage (Toronto)
Developed with the support of National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund (Ottawa)
Presented by Urbania in association with Monument-National
Written by Marie-Ève Trahan
Translated by Katia Grubisic
Premiered at Timms Centre for the Arts, Edmonton, on March 4, 2022
About the artist
Crazy Smooth (Gatineau) Bboyizm
Choreographer, dancer, and teacher Yvon “Crazy Smooth” Soglo has been a major figure in the Canadian street dance scene since his start in 1997. A committed leader in his community, he regularly sits on battle juries in North America and Europe.
In 2004, Crazy Smooth founded the company Bboyizm, of which he is also artistic director, in order to bring authentic urban dance to the professional stage. Bboyizm has been recognized for its important contributions to the preservation and development of urban dance, and has performed original works including Music Creates Opportunity, IZM and L’évolution du b boying across Canada as well as offering cultural mediation and audience development activities.
Crazy Smooth’s latest work, In My Body, has delighted audiences of every generation, and won four Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts Dora Mavor Moore Awards in 2022, for production, choreography, performance and sound composition, as well as the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s 2020 Clifford E. Lee Award in Choreography. The piece was supported through a three-year residency at the O Vertigo Creation Centre – OCCC, which also produced the piece.
“Exploring what the timeline means for street dancers through an impressive cast of intergenerational dancers, In My Body shows us that age is merely a number and that the bravest thing a dancer can do is grow old.”
Andrew Stuetz, Toronto Observer, 2022-03-05
« Avec sa création, le chorégraphe et danseur Yvon Soglo souhaite créer des ponts entre les générations. […] In My Body s’intéresse aussi à l’idée d’un cycle infini de danseurs, qui continueront à nourrir la discipline de la danse de rue. »
Marika Bellavance, Radio-Canada, 2022-03-24
“Even if you’ve never been a street dancer, you’ll relate to the theme of In My Body. […] The show is both a commentary on aging and, in a way, a product of aging.”
Amy Kenny, Yukon News, 2022-03-09
“Bboyizm is considered both a pioneer of bringing street dance into a theatre setting, as well as being one of Canada’s foremost street dance companies.”
Paula Citron, Ludwig Van, 2022-03-18