On the Couch with Nick Power

Nick Power Arts Review On the CouchWho is Nick Power?
A b*boy who still throws down when the vibes right. A choreographer looking for the link to open up the new world.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
Find a way clear from the busy-ness that seems to consume me and everyone I know.

Who inspires you and why?
Artists who are hungry, clever and make choices for the right reasons.

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Connect communities through arts projects with long term vision, education that works both ways and outcomes that resound.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
My fantasy holiday destination is to have six months in Uruguay with my wife and daughter with time on our side.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
I live by the sea in Maroubra, during winter time the whales pass by. I like to think I’m pretty damn good at spotting them… I take people up to the cliffs and flex my skills.

What are you currently reading?
In Times of Fading Light (Eugen Ruge). Set in East Berlin before the wall fell. Beautifully written and totally absorbing – I picked it up while I was in Berlin last year with my show Cypher during Tanz Im August festival.

What are you currently listening to?
The soundtrack to my new show Between Tiny Cities created by Jack Prest. I know every nook and cranny.

Happiness is?
Time with my family. Having a breakthrough in the rehearsal room.

What does the future hold for you?
Finishing my new show and premiering at Dance Massive then off to Cambodia to share it with good people of Phnom Penh.

Nick Power is a Sydney based b*boy and choreographer, and one of the leading hip hop dance artists in Australia, working professionally for the past 17 years. Since starting out in Brisbane running his own dance space, Nick has nurtured young and emerging dancers through workshop projects with organisations including Contact Inc, Stylin Up Indigenous hip hop festival and Schools Spectacular.

He has worked extensively in regional centres and in the remote Indigenous community of Lajamanu on the Milpirri project. Over the past 20 years he has curated grass roots, medium and large scale hip hop dance events working with some of Australia’s most significant venues and festivals including Carriageworks, Sydney Festival, Darwin Festival and Brisbane City Council.

His dance work has toured throughout Australia, Europe, Asia and Central America and he has worked with companies such as Tracks Inc and Stalker Theatre. Nick was the recipient of the Australia Council dance residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris 2012, which inspired his first full length independent work Cypher – which premiered at Darwin Festival in 2014, and toured to Europe and throughout Australia in 2015.

Nick’s latest work, Between Tiny Cities will be presented at Arts House: 14 – 18 March as part of the 2017 Dance Massive Festival. For more information, visit: www.artshouse.com.au or www.dancemassive.com.au for details.

Image: Nick Power