I had the pleasure of producing Opening Night for the 16th Annual Time-Based Art (TBA) festival at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA). The Beautiful Street along with Find A Way and PDXBall hosted and kicked off this awesome 10-day art festival on September 6 by curating a group of live and lit dancers to perform and battle.
What else could ya girl want?
DJ Gaan started the party playing some tunes for the dancers to warm up and the audience members still cruising in. Then the night moved into dance performances showcasing the styles of Locking, Waacking, House, Popping, Vogue, Krump and Dancehall. MC Brandon Harrison introduced each dance style by giving the audience a little history of where it came from and what it is.
I loved this.
It was so wonderful to set the context of what the audience was about to see in the upcoming BATTLE. Yep, the main focus of the night was a 7-to-smoke dance battle.
Seven pre-selected dancers, one wildcard dancer and three judges were invited to participate in a Qing/Kween of the Hill style battle. This was a 45-minute competition where two dancers have 45 seconds each to battle 1v1 against each other, show their dance skills, impress the judges, wow the crowd and have fun. The judges choose a winner and the winner advances to the next round until one dancer has officially beat all 7 dancers, hence the name 7-to-smoke!
This evening was so fun for me. Thank you PICA for believing in me to organize this event and thank you to everyone who is a part of the street and club dance community and showed up.
AND thank you to everyone who WAS this event - Jesus Rodales, Brandon Harrison, Gaan, Tracey Wong, Icon, Shady, Bouton, Bradass, Donnamation, Sonja Corzano, Tomb, Chris Moua, Protoman, Alia Lux, Alfred Trinidad, Decimus, Daniel Girón, Juju Nikz, Yen Boogie, Lockstatic, Dae Dae and Mr. Wu!
Y’all inspire me on the daily.
Pictures by PICA volunteers