Nick Power

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Nick Power is an Australian B*boy and Choreographer whose work draws on the rituals and culture of hip hop to create contemporary performances.  His practice spans from remote Aboriginal communities in the desert to the stages of the most prestigious contemporary dance festivals in Europe.  Crossing complex divides of place, culture, language and form is Nick’s forté.

Since 2005 Nick has been invited to work with Tracks Dance as guest choreographer on four Darwin Festival shows, working with youth casts under the direction of David McMicken and Tim Newth. Working with Tracks also took Nick to the remote Indigenous community of Lajamanu as collaborating choreographer on the Milpirri project 2005-15, creating six performances, with community Elders through to uninitiated youth.

Stalker Physical Theatre commissioned Nick to create Stiltbreak (2006) and Elevate (2010), fusing Stalker’s trademark stilt acrobatics with breakdance. The shows toured Australia, Europe, Hong Kong and Mexico. Nick’s most recent work for Stalker (Compartmentalized) was a collaboration with Hong Kong based contemporary dance company Unlocked and premiered at Sydney’s 2014 Chinese New Year Festival.

Nick was founding Artistic Director of Platform Hip Hop Festival presented by Carriageworks from 2008–2012. A large scale event, the festival grew to run over 3 weeks becoming the largest hip hop festival in Australia. Each year the program featured dance battles, hip hop theatre shows, films and music, showcasing the local hip hop community alongside artists from around the world.

In 2012 Nick was recipient of the Australia Council dance residency at the Cite International Des Arts in Paris. This residency inspired his first full length independent work, Cypher. Based on a hip hop dance ritual, the work premiered at Darwin Festival in 2014 and has toured extensively including Sydney Festival, Sydney Opera House, Arts Centre Melbourne, Tanz im August (Berlin) and URB Festival (Helsinki), as well as extensive tours of remote NT communities, and through regional Queensland from Longreach to Barcaldine to Winton.

His most recent work Between Tiny Cities រវាងទីក្រុងតូច, a duet between Darwin’s Aaron Lim and Phnom Penh’s Erak Mith, was developed over 3 years through a cross-cultural exchange between Australia & Cambodia. It premiered at Dance Massive then presented in Phnom Penh and Darwin Festival (all 2017), and in 2018 at the Hong Kong Arts Festival, APAM showcase, George Town Festival (Penang), ImPulzTanz Festival (Vienna), Sziget Festival (Budapest), Tanz im August (Berlin) and Tanzmesse (Dusseldorf). In 2019 it tours to Sydney Opera House, Arts Centre Melbourne, Bleach Festival, and throughout NT, as well as likely European dates from Munich to Oslo.

Between Tiny Cities was nominated for Green Room and Australian Dance awards. Nick is a 2018 Sidney Myer Creative Fellow.