The Krump, new dance based on hip-hop and African tribal dances
Presentation of a new dance, the krump, with its jerky moves and frantic pace, originating from the ghettos of Los Angeles. We meet the Diamontz group, composed of young girls who give us a demonstration. Two of their dancers mention the side of krump that is both energetic and liberating in this choreography. The sociologist Antoine Garnier places it in a social context.
Krump dancers in their powerful kingdom
They should definitely not be confused with hip hoppers, although some of the dance figures and behavioural styles are similar. They are krumpers. They build and strengthen their kingdom: Krump, which is an acronym for Kingdom Radically Uplifted Mighty Praise, which the contemporary choreographer Heddy Maalem fortunately shortened for one of his shows with the krumpers: In praise of the powerful kingdom. Krump, yet another movement born in 2000 in the United States, thanks to the clown Tommy. Tight Eyez and Big Mijo, (aged 25 and 27) were the initiators. They grew up in South Central, one of the most violent neighborhoods in Los Angeles. They belong to a community that operates by its own rules - including showing proper respect for others-, its hierarchical families, and its members who are co-opted after huge battles. Not only does the «master» or «father» choose his «children», but the whole family must be satisfied with the applicant's dancing Amy, aka Monsta NY Madness, from the Parisian collective Madrootz, is a member of the Tight Eyez family aka NY Madness, with whom he trained for four years. He himself choose his own offspring, including Sista Amy, aka Needlez. These family structures that go to make up the Krump community allow you to distinguish styles and write the history of the movement.
The young women filmed in this story by RFO from the group Diamontztalk about the foundations of this discipline with its violent and war-like appearance. It is their avatars, their imaginary characters who are dancing. "It is an expression, says Nella Nella one of the girls, a message, as if we were being delivered from evil». One might see something similar to trance, but the characters come from horror films. As young people who have worked with Heddy Maalem can tell us. Wladimir Jean says that he is «a gangster, a semi-monster and a nutter who is capable of putting a bullet in the TV.» Anthony Jean is "a tiger and a crow, an omen of misfortune». Emilie is «the continuity of the river of [her] ancestors». Anthony-Claude isn't very lucky, his character is a twin, which complicates the situation: «I am a complex character. He is both a vigilante, but a vigilante who can punish by doing evil. It's really trashy and gory». Rize, a documentary by David LaChapelle (2005) is a good reference on the subject (krumping and clowning).