Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
801 K Street, NW at Mount Vernon Square
Washington, DC 20001
Originally known as “B-boying”, breakdancing was an urban dance form that originated from the streets of New York City during the seventies. Along with Emceeing, Graffiti and DJing, B-boying served as one of the crucial elements in the birth of hip-hop culture in America. Through the help of movies like Flashdance, Breakin’, and Beatstreet, breakdancing took the country by storm, and teenagers across America were spinning on their backs doing “windmills” and training their bodies to “pop and lock.” Like most dance fads, however, breakdancing eventually faded into the annals of pop culture history.
Three decades later, B-boying is back in full force and has evolved into an art form, reaching a level never seen before. The basic moves from the early eighties have developed into a highly sophisticated and unimaginably acrobatic dance form. PLANET B-BOY will take you inside the international, underground b-boy scene happening today in Japan, France, Germany, South Korea, and the United States. We will explore the most compelling stories and characters of five of the best b-boy crews from around the globe as they prepare to face off at the BATTLE OF THE YEAR – one of the most prestigious b-boy events in the world, held annually in Germany that serves as the World Cup of b-boying. Along the way, we will gain a poignant insight into their lives, their friends and families, and their unique cultural and social situations that drive them to devote their entire lives to the dance
After film you are invited to participate in an audience discussion around the film with some of the best voices in the DC’s Hip Hop Community!
with: Christian Oh, Kollaboration DC, APA Community Leader, Board of DC Film Alliance
Jon Liu aka “Gunjak”, Breaker
Peter Chang aka “Stray Cat”, Breaker
Moderator Dru Ryan
“The monthly Hip-Hop Cinema Café is a great way to enjoy hip-hop and film at the same time in D.C., but if you want to participate fully in these screenings, you should first familiarize yourself with a few canonical movies. Sure, you can show up, watch, and bounce, but often the best part of this event is the talk afterward, which typically includes a roundtable of D.C.-based arts luminaries.”