16 Apr 2023, Sun, 4.15pm
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Everyone’s welcomed to check out this special No Limits Battle, where ILL-Abilities, an international all-star breaking crew comprising differently-abled dancers, battle with some of the best homegrown breakers in Singapore.
Conceptualised by ILL-Abilities, the rule of this exhibition battle is simple—dancers spin a wheel labelled with constraints and aids, think out of the box, and faceoff! The message is simple yet powerful: injuries may happen to anyone and any dancer, but you are stronger than you imagine; believe in yourself and create opportunities from challenges.
Drawing inspiration from hip hop culture, the “ill” in ILL-Abilities does not mean “sick” or “unwell”. Rather, it refers to something positive, in this instance the incredible talent and dance abilities of the crew. The dancers of ILL-Abilities strive to inspire others and spread positive thinking through their optimistic attitudes, personal stories and unique dance moves.
This programme is presented as part of da:ns focus – EveryBody, a weekend of dance with inclusivity, diversity and participation, where we encourage everybody and every body to experience dance.
ILL-A•bil•i•ty [‘il-ə-ˈbi-lə-tē] –
noun, plural ILL-A•bil•i•ties~
» An adaptation of power, strength, and creativity.
» Believing in yourself—to accomplish anything you set your mind to.
» Creating opportunities from challenges.
» Exploiting your capabilities—to live life to the fullest potential.
» NO EXCUSES, NO LIMITS.
ILL-Abilities is an international breakdance crew comprised of seven active members from around the world.
Redouan “Redo” Ait Chitt (The Netherlands)
Sergio “Checho” Carvajal (Chile)
Jung Soo “Krops” Lee (South Korea)
Jacob “Kujo” Lyons (U.S.A)
Lucas “Perninha” Machado (Brazil)
Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli (Canada)
Samuel Henrique “Samuka” da Silveira Lima (Brazil)
This crew originated from an idea by Montreal-based dancer/motivational speaker Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli to create an all-star team of some of the world’s best differently-abled dancers. ILL-Abilities was officially formed in 2007 with four founding members Lazyegz, Tommy Guns, Kujo and Checho, whose goal was to compete and perform internationally, showing the world that anything is possible.
The crew gets its name from the standard in hip-hop culture of using a negative term to refer to something positive. Examples of this can be heard in studios or at competitions where dancers complement each other by saying they were bad, nasty or mean. The “ill” in ILL-Abilities does not refer to “sick” or “unwell” but rather to incredible, amazing, intricate, talent. Rather than seeing the negative limitations of “disability”, this crew focuses on their positive, or “ill” abilities.
Once they started performing together, the dancers of ILL-Abilities quickly realised their potential to inspire audience members with their positive attitudes and unique dance moves. The crew thus expanded their goal, presenting their motivational entertainment programmes and theatrical dance performances worldwide.
Baoman from Artistate
Baoman is an aspiring b-girl that has been striving to improve and break boundaries within the b-girl community. She intends to bring her craft to an international level with her creative approach to the art form.
An up and rising breaker, Baoman has represented her style locally in jams, clinching wins in Ladies Exchange and 5 Of A Kind: Street Dance Festival as well as 2nd place for KnockOutSG.
Cravis from Artistate
Cravis has participated in bouts and displays all around the globe for the last 16 years while also giving back to the community. Cravis is renowned for his "simple" approach to breaking; he makes the tough appear simple and the simple look complex. His understanding of music when employed in breaking is improved by his work as a professional music producer. For over ten years, Cravis has been instructing, competing, and performing, notably winning a 3v3 local breaking tournament by himself.
Jeremaya from Artistate
Jeremaya has been breaking for 13 years and has represented internationally in both the States and Europe. Also, clinching the bronze medal in the 2019 SEA Games Breaking category.
With a mixture of both technical and creative aspects he pushes himself to represent his craft on an international level.
Kester from Artistate
Kester is an aspiring dancer who has been refining his craft for the past six years. With a passion for movement and rhythm, Kester has trained in various dance styles including Popping and Hip-Hop from a young age, and is currently focusing on breaking.
Alongside his passion for dance, Kester firmly believes in imparting knowledge to younger generations. He enjoys teaching and sharing his knowledge of dance with others, and believes that it is important to inspire and guide the next generation of dancers.
Shawn Lim from Artistate
Slim has been a dedicated bboy for over a decade and has had the honor of representing Singapore internationally on several occasions.
He is driven by the artistry of the dance style and enjoys exploring his creativity in different ways.
Despite his achievements, Slim remains humble and always seeks to improve his skills and techniques. He is admired by his peers for his talent, dedication, and humility.
Sherman from Artistate
Honing his dance craft for over 15 years, Sherman has been a part of nurturing numerous local Breakers from various age groups through dance classes and programmes in schools, studios and other avenues, whilst sharing his past experiences from competing locally and internationally over the years.
In current times, Sherman prides himself in the continuous development of dance programmes and consistently organises events for the community at large.
16 Apr 2023, Sun
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