Infecting the City 2012
The Jewels - B-Boying

Breakdance moves that originated in New York City, and have found a home on the Cape Flats, with Emile Jansen


Fiona du Plooy


Jewel Route 2: Tues 22 at 11h00 and 13h10
Jewel Route 1: Thurs 24 at 11h00 and 1310


Jewel Route 2 begins in the Golden Acre Foyer
Jewel Route 1 begins at the Grand Parade market

B-Boying is a popular style of acrobatic street dance that was created and developed as part of hip-hop culture in New York City. It’s very popular on the Cape Flats, where Emile Jansen is the godfather of the hip-hop scene.

Emile is the frontman of Blk Noise, one of the pioneering ‘conscious’ hip-hop bands of the Cape. Joining him on this bouncing Jewel Stage are Benny Burgess, who has competed internationally in Red Bull’s One on One B-Boy competitions, and Daniel van Wyk. These guys have been breaking together since 2001.

Some of the popular power moves the B-Boys will demonstrate are the turtle (spinning with one hand supporting the entire body) and the hot turtle (with added jumping!). You’ll also be treated to popping, in which isolated body parts take on a life of their own in rapid fire.

Fiona du Plooy

Fiona du Plooy

Fiona is a choreographer whose evocative visual style, comprehensive movement vocabulary and knowledge of ballet and contemporary dance have been seen in work created for theatre and television. As well as conceptualising her own work, she has an intuitive ability to respond to the artistic vision of others in a range of disciplines and media. Fiona has an ability to express comic timing and irony in movement, delighting audiences with her choreo read more...