A multinational dance group consisting of dancers with disabilities will faceoff with a Japanese dancer in a dance battle.
They will showcase their highly physical dance skills. Additionally, through an improvised dance-off battle with a Japanese dancer, each dancer’s technique will be highlighted. With the help of stage design, their collaboration that transcends disabilities and nationalities will be presented to the general public.
True Colors DANCE ~No Limits~
September 10, 2019
Part 1: 14:00-15:00
Part 2: 17:00-18:00
- Inaribashi Square in front of Shibuya Stream
Line-up: ILL-Abilities, The Floorriorz, Bboy Shigekix, Bgirl Ram, Bboy Taisuke, SOCIAL WORKEEERZ, LJ BREAKERS, UNO/NOPPO(s**t kingz) MC:KITE, Chigusa Comentater: Bboy Katsu1, DJ:DJ MAR SKI, Sign Language Translation: Ichiro Hashimoto, Tomomi Komatsu
Photos allowed with no flash (No video taking is allowed)
- Free admission
Designated Viewing Area
Sign language translation
Japanese and English MC
Wheelchair and baby stroller parking area
Multipurpose and Ostomate toilets
Pay Parking (Within SHIBUYA STREAM)
Time schedule of the day
LJ BREAKERS (from LOVE JUNX)
Breaking Team Battle
ILL-Abilities vs The Floorriorz
CONNECTED Instructor：UNO/NOPPO(s**t kingz)
LJ BREAKERS (from LOVE JUNX)
Breaking Solo Battle
ILL-Abilities vs Shigekix/Ram/Taisuke
*Program times and content maybe subject to change without notice.
*In case of rain the venue will change. Announcement will be made the day before at 16:00 on the website.
ILL-Abilities ™ was created in 2007 by Montreal-based dancer/motivational speaker Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli, ILL-ABILITIES ™ to show the world that anything is possible. It’s an International Breakdance Crew comprised of eight dancers (bboy/breakers) from around the world.The crew gets its name from the standard in hip-hop culture of using a negative term to refer to something positive. The “ill” in ILL-ABILITIES ™ refers to incredible, amazing, intricate, talent. Rather than seeing the negative limitations of “disability”, this focuses on their positive, or “ill”, abilities.
Photo by Jacob Jonas
Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli (Canada)
Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli (Canada) has been dancing and B-boying since he was 15 years old. He has developed a unique dance style incorporating his crutches and the strength in his arms, that has gotten him worldwide recognition. Lazylegz has been featured on Ellen, So You Think You Can Dance Canada, America’s got Talent, and many more. Luca is the creator and current manager of the ILL-Abilities™ Crew. Luca co-founded Projet RAD which was Canada’s first inclusive urban dance program offering people of all ages, all abilities the possibility to participate in accessible dance studios. Luca is now on planning on combining what he has learned with ILL-Abilities and Projet RAD to take his career to the next level while constantly sharing his message to the world: “It’s about taking the bad and making it good” and that there are “no excuses, no limits!”
Photo by Clare Li
Sergio “Checho” Carvajal (Chile)
Sergio “Checho” Carvajal (Chile) was born and raised in Valdivia, a city at the southern tip of Chile. He grew up with difficulty being accepted within the community and received a lot of discrimination. This time however, he used this negative energy to give him the strength to progress quickly in this dance style. He says “the more people talk bad about me, the more desire it gives me to prove you wrong!” Checho’s dance style is largely based on the strengths of his arms, making his movements like he is constantly floating across the dance floor.
Photo by Angela Kershaw
Jung Soo “Krops” Lee (South Korea)
Jung Soo “Krops” Lee (South Korea) was rushed to the hospital because he landed on his neck during a routine practice in 2013. The doctors said he would never be able to walk again, let alone stand as he was paralysed from the neck down. Little by little, Krops was able to move parts of his body, with his wrists taking the longest to recover. He had to relearn everything he knew before, from walking to riding a bike to dancing. Krops started to DJ but is still only able to do 10% of what he used to can do. He’s still working his hardest to get back to 100%. His optimism and perseverance are truly inspiring. He showed us that our bodies could do the impossible if we believe!
Photo by Jacob Jonas
Samuel “Samuka” Lima (Brazil)
Samuel “Samuka” Lima (Brazil) is a young up-and-coming dancer from Brasilia, Brazil. Diagnosed with cancer in his right leg, Samuka had a full leg amputation just below his hip. Just after the surgery, Samuka was quickly introduced to Breakin’ and hiphop. He has not stopped since. His dance style is energetic, dynamic, and strong.
Photo by Jacob Jonas
Jacob “Kujo” Lyons (U.S.A)
Jacob “Kujo” Lyons (U.S.A) was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He was born with 100% sensor neural deafness in his right ear, and suffered several instances of conductive hearing loss in his left ear. This mixed hearing loss left him largely unable to communicate verbally, and he endured major speech impediments, including an awful stutter, throughout most of his childhood. Kujo started dancing at the age of 15, but had tremendous difficulties hearing the music. This forced him to (over) compensate by focusing more on strength and power moves, as opposed to the musicality of toprock and footwork. Kujo instantly became recognizable due to his wild personality (and the hair) and his incredibly dangerous and difficult moves.
Photo by LITTLE SHAO
Lucas “Perninha” Machado (Brazil)
Lucas “Perninha” Machado (Brazil) was born with a poor congenital formation in his left leg. Basically, his left leg is shorter than the other. That did not stop him. He is among the best dancers in Brazil, and has been gaining international recognition in the Breaking scene.
Photo by Jacob Jonas
Redouan “Redo” Ait Chitt (The Netherlands)
Redouan “Redo” Ait Chitt (The Netherlands) was born and raised in The Netherlands. Without any medical explanation, Redo was born with several physical malformations. He has a shorter right arm, which lacks an elbow joint and has a total of five fingers – two on the right hand and three on the left. He is also missing his right hip, has a shorter right leg, and walks with the aid of a prosthetic.Redo’s dance style is described as smooth, dynamic, and energetic, all of which are performed with an original twist.
The Floorriorz is legendary dance crew from Japan that won Battle Of The Year, the most prestigious breakdance tournament in the world, for three consecutive years between 2015-2017.
Influenced by his sister Bgirl Ayane, Shigekix started B-boying at the age of seven. He quickly improved his techniques and started to focus on how to engage the audience. Gradually he made his name in the Bboy youth scene and started to compete in world tournaments in 2013 when he was eleven. Since then he went undefeated in numerous international tournaments and established himself as one of the most unique dancers of his generation. In 2017, he graduated from middle school and joined Team G-Shock. During the same year, he competed at the Red Bull BC One World Final at the age of 15. In 2018, he won Bronze Medal at the Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games. Bboy Shigekix will soon become one of the most recognized figures in the breakdancing scene.
Bgirl Ram was born April 11, 2001 and graduated from Yurigaoka High School in Kanagawa, Japan. After joining the first cohort of The Floorriorz Academy she became a member of The Floorriorz in 2017. That same year she won the Battle Of The Year World Final. In 2018, she surprised the world by winning two Gold Medals in both the Solo and 2on2 categories at the Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games.
From a young age, Taisuke brought attention to the youth dance scene through his extraordinary talent and numerous winning titles. After coming to Tokyo in 2017, his talent took him to the next level. He immediately became one of the most recognized Bboys from Japan by winning an international solo battle title for the first time as a Japanese, leading The Floorriorz to win three consecutive years at the most prestigious dance tournament, and winning more than 50 titles domestically and internationally. He is also a pioneering figure in the Japanese dance scene for becoming the first Bboy to receive sponsorship. He regularly appears on various media platforms including Yamato Miura’s music video “REPLAY.” He is the Honorary Tourism Ambassador for his local town of Sasebo City in Nagasaki, and The Floorriorz are the Industry Ambassador for Kawasaki City in Kanagawa.
SOCIAL WORKEEERZ was founded in 2011 by members who work in the field of welfare for children and people with disabilities. Their slogan is “DANCE for SOCIAL INCLUSION” and aspire to create a space of “Play / Make / Express” for people of all ages and abilities through programs of dance, music, and entertainment.
LJ BREAKERS（from LOVE JUNX）
LJ BREAKERS are comprised of members from the world’s largest entertainment group of people with Down syndrome, LOVE JUNX. They are active as a team that specializes in breakdancing.
UNO is soulful dancer who can engage the audience with her impressive skills and imaginative movements. She is active as a choreographer for artists, fashion model, and illustrator. She is also the founder of CONNECTED – a dance project that brings together people beyond their nationalities, age, and gender through music and caring.
Not only his tall height, but NOPPO also stood out with his sound dance skills that led to numerous collaborations with cutting edge dancers and artists. His dance style that fluctuates between fast and slow movements has gained him many fans within the dancer community. He is the face of s**t kingz with his skilled miming techniques and his cute smile.
KITE is a member of Former Action – one of Japan’s most celebrated Popping team, which has won numerou titles at domestic and international dance tournaments. He is also active as a choreographer for artists, commercials, theater and musicals. Recently he was featured on popular Japanese TV show “Mechakucha Iketeru” and also giving lectures to a broad range of audiences, including IT companies, seniors, and families.
Chigusa was born in Los Angeles, The United States. She is active as a TV and radio personality, and also hosts a wide range of live events including events that feature overseas celebrities such as Tom Cruise and Lady Gaga and formal corporate announcements.
Bboy Katsu1’s career as a leading dance winning numerous titles has made him an influential Bboy in both Japan and around the world. He has been invited as a guest judge to Red Bull BC One and Battle of the Year. In 2017, he became the director of the breakdance department within the Japan Dance Sport Federation. In 2018, he became the first head coach for the Youth Olympic Games national team.
DJ MAR SKI
DJ MARSKI is active as a DJ for dance battles, and on numerous occasions he has been invited to control sound at breakdance world tournaments. With international recognition, he is a member of one of the originators of hip hop culture and its largest organization, the Universal Zulu Nation, and regularly conducts workshops on the culture and history of hip hop. He is also a part-time faculty at Vantan Design High School’s Breakin’ major.
Ichiro Hashimoto is a Visiting Associate Professor at the Department of Hospitality Management and Coordinator at Office for Supporting Students with Disabilities at Asia University. He is a Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare-certified sign language translator. He is active as a sign language performer at various events, connecting the hearing impaired to entertainment.
|General Direction||ODORIBA INC.|
|Production||Tokyu Media Communications|
|Public relations||Sunny Side Up Inc.|
|Closed caption||NHK Global Media Services, Inc.|
|Production assistant||Kennosuke Sagawa|
|Presenter||The Nippon Foundation DIVERSITY IN THE ARTS|
|Supported by||Shibuya City, Shibuya City Tourism Association, Embassy of Canada to Japan|
|In cooperation with||100BANCH, The Ministry of Justice; Correction Bureau|
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