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Fall

By Emma Kerson

 

Dancing their way toward a unique choreographic language, James Gregg and RubberLegz have joined forces and styles to collaborate on an intricate duet, Fall.

Gregg is a Montréal-based choreographer whose accolades include the Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship Award. Drawing from his experiences as a dance artist working with companies such as BODYTRAFFIC, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Aszure Barton & Artists, RUBBERBANDance and River North Dance Chicago, Gregg’s own choreographic voices centres on finding movement from the inside out. Rauf “RubberLegz” Yasit is a Los Angeles-based bboy and choreographer. Born in Germany but with Kurdish roots, he now creates dance that investigates the darker, more emotional side of breakdancing. 

Using the Bearcubs’ Underwaterfall as inspiration, both dancers came to the process from a similar creative place. They found inspiration from the lyrics of the work: “Falling as darkness pulls me to the ground, / I struggle within to get free. / Fighting to reach for the light / Is this my reality, a memory or just a dream?”

For both artists, dancefilm provides the opportunity for viewers to see the performances in detail. “I feel,” says Gregg, “that dance on film really gets you closer to the performance portion of dance. You get to see the intricate movements and feel the energy of the dancers.” With Fall’s clean and clear look (director of photography by FROMTHEZOOFILM and editing by Rauf Yasit), “We found the light we were reaching for,” says Gregg.

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