Warming up at Kathakbox

Each artist in Kathakbox has their own personal routine for warm up before a busy day of rehearsals: Marcina recites “box” related words while walking or jogging her way around around the room; Suzanne carries out a series of stretching exercises with a yoga influence; Nathan tends to dive straight into doing some simple breakdancing moves as well as some stretches; Sonia carefully stretches on the floor; Amayra does a few laps of the room and does some simple stretches; and Shan warms up his voice with a series of vocal exercises and by practicing his beatboxing.
Have a look at some of the footage of the warm up taken at Mac on Thursday. Are you a dancer? How do you warm up before practice? Do you have a specific routine or does it change from day to day?

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Rehearsal, 3rd of February

Some photos from Kathakbox rehearsal and warm-up on Thursday 3rd of February at Mac. Featuring Sonia Sabri, Nathan Geering, Suzanne Grubham, Amayra Fuller, Marcina Arnold and Shan Bansil.


Created with flickr slideshow from softsea.

Terminology #3: B-Boy

B-boy (or break-boy) is a male dancer who practices breakdancing, locking and body popping. B-girl refers to a female who practices breaking and the term breaker is gender neutral. Kathakbox’s B-Boy is Nathan.

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Nathan Geering

Body as the musical instrument

Kathakbox makes music with no instruments, only the power of the human body and voice. Drawing on urban trends and global traditions, each performer uses the instrument of their body: feet, hands, voice and whole physique create layered rhythms, melodies and narratives. Dancers and musicians meet in a shared space, where dancers create music and musicians create movement. They tell their individual stories through spoken and unspoken languages: rhythm, movement, poetry and rap in English, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu.
Harnessing the spontaneous nature of both Kathak and Hip Hop, the artists work in collaboration, in competition and in improvisation, challenging each other’s space as well as the audience’s expectation. The exciting, immediate interactions will never quite be the same twice…

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Suzanne Grubham

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Terminology #1: Hip-Hop

Everyday this week, starting from today, we will post terminologies about Kathakbox.
Today’s term is hip-hop.
Hip Hop is an artistic culture that originated in the 1970s in New York City and the four pillars of Hip hop are: MCing, DJing, B-boying and Graffiti. Beatboxing is another key element.
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Rehearsal

Some photos from Kathakbox rehearsal on Tuesday 25th January at Mac. Featuring Sonia Sabri, Nathan Geering, Suzanne Grubham and Amayra Fuller.


Created with flickr slideshow from softsea.

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