It's the kind of dance most often seen on the streets or the subway.
But on a recent night, a brand of hip-hop dancing turned up in the Arms and Armor Court at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where dancers dressed in medieval warfare gear moved to the sounds of the 21st Century.
"You're putting on what feels like another persona," said Rhea 'Wiildkard' Nance, a dancer with It's Showtime NYC. "And you're adding that to your movements."
It is called "Battle Hip-Hop in Armor," a collaboration between the Met and "It's Showtime NYC," a dance troupe featuring former subway performers like Nance.
Met curator Pierre Terjanian told us the idea is to bring to life artifacts that now sit behind glass.
"I have feeling that a lot of the objects can be studied, can be enjoyed, almost like still lifes," Terjanian said. "But in reality, it's not about study, it's also about enjoyment. I think the dancers bring a completely different feel to the objects as they are in movement."
The dancers don't perform in the original armor, but replicas, like these gauntlets and chain-mail shirts, some of which weigh 20 pounds and affect how the body moves. […]Read More