March 15, 2012 AT 12:31 am

Wrecking Crew Orchestra: EL Wire

Using precise sequencing of EL wire to actually advance the narrative in a b-boy routine — this video will make you smile!

Now, to be honest I’m not sure if this is sequenced externally or if each dancer can control their own suit, but either way it works.

EL stuff by dr-popeye — if you’re into wearable tech, you should definitely check out his site and videos. His research page is just non-stop awesome.

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  1. They’re likely using wireless + DMX to control the EL wire on the suits. The patterns are too complex for manual control. Wrecking Crew Orchestra is actually a Japanese crew out of Osaka that is an aggregation of alot of the really good crews in the area. Some of the ones that I always admired were Electric Trouble and Style of Old School. Nice to see that they’re integrating technology to mix up the dancing. This is where dance needs to head. I’m working on a similar EL project with a dance crew in the US. Not sure how it’ll turn out, but should be interesting.

  2. Just a quick note – that’s not bboying. That’s arguably not even hip hop.

  3. Hi Brian. Wrecking Crew Orchestra is a hip hop dance collaborative formed of multiple hip hop crews. They span the range from locking, b-boying (aka breakdancing), wacking/punking, and new school hip hop. It’s not arguably hip hop. It is hip hop. You can google some of the dance crews that make up WCO (Electric Trouble, Style of Old School) to see them in full view. Email me if you have any questions about what hip hop and dancing is: akiba(at)freaklabs.org

  4. Some roots in kabuki as well, or is that just my imagination?
    Wonderfully done, anyway. Tech and dance and choreography!

  5. @WestfW: You might be right! With the masks and the stylized fight sequences, it reminds me a bit of Noh theater as well.

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