A Human Race vividly demonstrates the power of dance, transcending the barriers that often exist between social realities and distinguish street and highbrow cultures. This choreographic endeavor boldly confronts Igor Stravinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps with a profound political issue. Five people meet in a circle of sand, unfolding a poignant battle of freedom, participation, and recognition.
Le Sacre du Printemps stands as one of the most iconic works of all time, not only due to the haunting music of Igor Stravinsky but also because of Vaslav Nijinsky's groundbreaking choreography, for which the composer wrote his overwhelming masterpiece in 1913. Throughout the past century, Stravinsky's Sacre has served as a muse for choreographers globally, inspiring countless interpretations that, in some instances, have achieved a status nearly as legendary as the original. It is, undoubtedly, a formidable piece—a complex challenge for those who dare to engage with it. French hip-hop dancer and choreographer Grichka Caruge fearlessly took on this challenge in his youth production, A Human Race - The Rite of Krump. Caruge reimagines The Rite of Spring, posing a provocative question: Whom do we "sacrifice" in society? Who do we cast aside? How does our sense of belonging, or the lack thereof, impact us individually and collectively?
A 'Sacre' with political overtones
In a symbolic circle of sand, five krump dancers engage in a bitter battle for freedom, participation, and recognition. This powerful narrative unites the group in a collective pursuit to resist and survive. Krumping, a dance style originating in the 1990s in Los Angeles' African American community, serves as the expressive vehicle for this political commentary. Emerging as a creative response to the wounds of social inequality, exclusion, and racism, krump is characterized by raw, energetic movements where authenticity and emotional expression take precedence. Beyond its artistic dimensions, krump has evolved into a socio-political movement, providing support and stability to young individuals globally, irrespective of their living conditions. Today, it stands as a testament to resilience against perceived injustices and a means to navigate the complexities of contemporary society.