What is dance? 2.3

Lil’ Buck: Real Swan

2020, October 10.

Trafó House of Contemporary Arts

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1094 Budapest, Liliom u. 41.

Jookin’ took the classic steps of Gangsta Walking and combined a much smoother look caused by the music change in Memphis Music during the early 1990s. Jookin is most noted for not only its smooth steps, but its heavy introduction of pantomiming into the dance styles. Jookin’ emphasized footwork in a way that focused the crowds attention on the feet. Jookin is especially characterized by the dancers’ abilities in sliding and stepping movements.

On the streets, parking lots, and slippery floors of the Crystal Palace Roller Rink in Memphis, Tennessee, Charles “Lil Buck” Riley learned the smooth art of Memphis jookin, igniting a lifelong passion for dance. From the time he was 12 years old, Lil Buck worked to perfect the intricate footwork of jookin, a fluid street dance style that evolved from the Gangsta Walk, as well as the eye-popping isolated jolts of bucking. Quickly, he became one of the most admired street dancers of his generation. Lil Buck won a scholarship to study ballet and took his dancing to a whole new level, merging street-style jookin with classical technique. After a breathtaking video taken of him dancing to Camille Saint-Saëns’ “The Swan” accompanied by famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma went viral, Lil Buck’s career exploded.

Now, bringing his experience in the ballet world with him, Lil’ Buck is heading back to South Memphis to teach dance to the youth, offering them the chance of a better future. Returning home to the town where he first learned to dance, Lil’ Buck will lead us through the streets as he recounts his personal story and the history of Jookin, the Memphis dance that gathers the people of South Memphis together.

Director: Louis WALLECAN
Editor: Basile BELKHIRI
Cinematographer: Mathieu de MONTGRAND
Composer: Arthur Bartlett GILLETT
Screenwriter: Louis WALLECAN
Producer: Victor LECH, Craten Jai ARMMER, Lil’ BUCK, Nadim CHEIKHOUHA, Machine MOLLE

Curator: Gábor PINTÉR

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Parallel Art Foundation
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