Over a period of three weeks the Cypher crew consisting of Nick Power and some of Australia’s best b*boys including: Stevie G, Akorn, Taz and Blue will travel from Alice Springs to Darwin stopping in Tennant Creek, Katherine and Lajamanu presenting their show Cypher and a program of hip hop workshops.
The Cypher crew will spend a week in Alice Springs hosted by Red Hot Arts as part of the Alice Desert Festival. The crew will be based at Centralian Middle School where they will present two programs of workshops. One will be entry level classes for beginners introducing young people to breaking and hip hop styles, secondly a key group of 15 young dancers will work closely with the Cypher crew to create a 10min showcase which will be presented during the festival prior to the Cypher performance.
In Tennant Creek, Barkly Arts have been running a long-term hip hop dance workshop program which leads into Desert Harmony Festival each year. The Cypher performance will take place just two weeks after the festival. We will work with Barkly Arts to tap into this energy and existing connection with the young dancers of the community to present a program of workshops. The Cypher crews residency will culminate with a Block Party, giving the young people an opportunity to show off their skills as well as offering a positive activity for the community on a Friday night.
In Lajamanu Indigenous Community we will be working closely with the Lajamanu School and Mt Theo program coordinators who are on the ground and in direct contact with the youth of the community. Nick Power, the lead artist and choreographer of the Cypher project has been visiting Lajamanu for the last ten years with Tracks Dance Company as youth choreographer and dance teacher for the Milpirri performance project. This program will continue to build skills and connection with the community through a program of dance workshops and discussion with the Cypher crew.
We will be working closely with GYRACC in Katherine who will be delivering a hip hop workshop program in June with young dancers, Tracks and Nick Power, funded separately. Building on the June program we will extend the learning through workshops and jam sessions to create an ongoing opportunity to build skills and strong community connection.
The tour will finish with a final performance season of Cypher at Browns Mart Theatre in Darwin.