Break Free (3 stars)

This article is from 2018

Break Free

Rousing feats of breakdancing from the Wasabeats crew

Six champion breakdancers, all with world titles, headspin, bodypop, windmill and do the worm in this afternoon dance show. The Tokyo-based Wasabeats crew have been thrown in jail for breaking the 'no dancing' rule in this cop-and-robber tale, showcasing their impressive skills despite their confines.

They pack a lot into an hour; crunchy robotics in time with a power drill, turning their bodies into a human Chesterfield chair, hopping on one hand like an upside-down Air Jordan logo and pulling tightly choreographed shapes like the Asian Backstreet Boys on fast forward. Their backflips and acrobatics are staggering, although their cartoon acting sometimes seems a bit pantomime and over the top. The storyline has no doubt been added to make it more family-friendly, but it feels like gilding the lily when you have talents like these. It's advertised as suitable for five year plus, but there is the odd four-letter word in the soundtrack if that's an issue.

A dance battle in the middle gives each of the dancers their moment to shine, accompanied by beatboxing through a megaphone, and a live video feed of two dancing fingers in a tiny pair of hi-tops is a highlight.

Underbelly Bristo Square, until 27 Aug (not 13), 4.35pm, £11–£12 (£10–£11).

Break Free

  • 3 stars

Wasabeats Wasabeats Crew present the European premiere of Break Free featuring champion break dancers, each with world titles, who are ready to carve up the floor to reach dizzying new heights. Direct from Tokyo, this crew are world-class urban dancers, fusing the very best in skill and technique, state of the art…