Choreographer Crazy Smooth and composer Marc Hyland present the fruits of their joint creation. Danced by Crazy Smooth and music performed by Simon Aldrich.
Choreographer : Crazy Smooth
Dancing since 1997, Crazy Smooth is one of Canada’s top street dancers, performers, choreographers, instructors, judges, and community leaders. He is the founder and artistic director of Bboyizm, an award-winning street-dance company that has been instrumental in the preservation and proliferation of street dance in Canada and internationally.
He was the first b-boy to obtain a Canada Council grant to hone his art and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Diamond Jubilee Award (2012). He has performed, taught, coached and judged competitions in cities and events throughout North America and Europe.
In 2004, Smooth founded Bboyizm and the company has successfully brought authentic street dance into the professional theatre setting. Three of his full-length creations—The Evolution of B-boying, IZM, and Music Creates Opportunity—have toured across Canada. The company has been nominated for a Dora award (2012) and won both the Ontario Presenters Network Emerging Touring Artist of the Year (2012) and the Atlantic Presenters Association Touring Performers of the Year Award (2013).
Crazy Smooth collaborated with NYCs Shook Ones collective to create SORRY which showcased at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Centre in January of 2016. In the April of that year, Bboyizm performed an excerpt of Music Creates Opportunity during the UK Breakin’ Convention at Sadler’s Wells. Bboyizm has toured their educational show The Evolution of B-boying through MASC (Multicultural Arts for Schools and Communities) and Prologue to the Performing Arts every year since 2014, performing for tens of thousands of students over the last six years. Crazy Smooth was recently selected as the 2019-2022 Long Term Artist in Residence at the Centre de Création O’Vertigo in Montreal. With the support of the CCOV, he is currently working on In My Body, a large-scale full-length production exploring the relationship street dancers have with aging.
Composer : Marc Hyland
After learning classical guitar and discovering contemporary music in his adolescence, notably through Stravinsky and Gilles Tremblay, Marc Hyland pursued extensive musical studies in composition and analysis at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, where his principal teachers were Gilles Tremblay, Clermont Pépin and Yves Daoust.
Since the 1980s, his works, deeply influenced by poetry and written mostly for voice and chamber ensembles, have been heard in concert and on the radio in Canada, Europe and the United States, commissioned and performed by ensembles such as the Quatuor Molinari, the SMCQ Ensemble, the Fibonacci Trio, the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal, the Orchestre symphonique du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, and numerous soloists, including pianists Louise Bessette, Bruce Mather and Daniel Anez, baritone Vincent Ranallo, Ondes Martenot virtuoso Estelle Lemire and mezzo-soprano Ghislaine Archambault.
Since 2007, Hyland is active again in electroacoustic and mixed music composition, integrating fixed media in his instrumental and vocal writing. After a 35-year hiatus, he is playing the guitar again, writing and recording works for his instrument. His literary pursuits include published essays in Liberté and Circuit. In June 2017, he had a solo exhibit of his visual works created since the 1990s. He is also an apprentice poet, a translator, and lives in Montréal. Many of his works can be heard on his website marchyland.com
Dancer : Crazy Smooth
Musician : Simon Aldrich, clarinet