Artists of SDK.EUROPE 2011: STORM (GER)

Artists of SDK.EUROPE 2011: STORM (GER)


Niels 'Storm' Robitzky was born 31.7.1969 in Berlin. He started dancing as a little child, but seriously cought on to the dances Bboying, Popping and Locking at the age of 14. His first tours he did for "Bravo Breakdancesensation 84". Soon after that, the big fashion 'Breakdance' died out. Nevertheless, he didn't stop studying styles, got connected with other Bboys and stayed creative and productive throughout the times when Breakin´was considered obsolete.

By 1991 his group "the Battle Squad" was one of the leading bboygroups worldwide and thanx to them and others, the art of Bboying is so alive and strong these days.

In 1991 and 1992 him and his crew Battle Squad won the "international Balle of the year". Because of the struggle in times when Bboying was out of fashion and the fact that he´s been dancing for so long, he decided to establish HipHopculture in the theatreworld.

From 1992 on he danced with a New Yorker dance Company called 'Ghettoriginal'. he performed shows in Washingtons 'Kennedy Center' and in NYCities 'Lincolncenter'. During the same period he was hosting the HipHop Magazine 'Freestyle' on the german TV channel Viva.

In 1996, he decided to form a dancecompany in his hometown Berlin, which was called the 'Storm and Jazzy Project'. With two choreographies they toured many different theatres around the world The first performance was seen in February 1997 in the "maison de la danse" in Lyon.

In times he wasn´t dancing, he wrote on the book 'From Swipe to Storm' which came out in january 2000 and is telling the story of "Breaking" in Germany. It was only published in german language.

Nowadays Storm also choreographs and directs for different theatres and institutions all over the world. He also choreographed for the openingceremonies of the "Expo 2000" in hannover and the "FIFA soccerworldcup 2006 in Germany"

In 2004 he conceptionalized "The art of urban dance" and choreographed with the other 8 performing dancers an informative didactic piece with 10 other dancers from europe. This show has also been touring around the world with great support of the "Goethe Institute" in the middle east and Asia.
In 2004 he starred in the german HipHop movie "Status yo" and played a gasstationworker. Storm is teaching all over the world on different dance festivals.

Also he has developed his own methods of teaching which are based on the original concepts of the styles Locking, Popping and Bboying. He is working on a book that is supposed to be finished by 2012.The book will contain his views on the dance and its structures including philosophy.

11-92 Ghettoriginal Productions: different dancepieces in cooperation/ NYC
06-97 Total Confusion/ CND Chateauvallon
02-97 Storm and Jazzy Project: Dynamite
02-98 Storm and Jazzy Project/ Funky town
04-98 Le Festin, Volcan/ Le Havre
01-99 Men @ work in cooperation with Kane wung/ Paris
04-99 Le Festin pendent la peste, Volcan/ Le Havre
04-00 Socraff aidjem, in cooperation / Abidjan
05-00 Exposeyoself,Opening show Expo 2000/ Hannover
12-01 Solo 4 two: Soloshow
09-01 Ta Limpo, for Discipulos do ritmo/ Sao Paolo
04-01 Drap dans le gbaka/ Abidjan
08-02 slippin and slidin: theatre piece in cooperation
11-03 The art of urban dance: theatre piece in cooperation / Netherlands
01-06 Virtuelevation: Soloshow
03-06 Geometronomics: Theatreshow with "Discipulos do ritmo" from Sao Paolo
06-06 Opening ceremony of "FIFA worldcup 2006" HipHopact"
01-07 "Traffic" cooperation with Sebastien Ramirez for "Big Toe" Hanoi
04-07 "Es war einmal" with Raph. Hillebrandt at HAU1 in Berlin and CND Pantin
06-07 "110" with Animatronik in Samowar / Bagnolet
07-09 "Storm in classical context" Improvisation to classical music

04-87 Guinnessbook of records/ most windmills
04-91 'Battle of the year' as 'Battle Squad' 1st place
02-92 IDO Worldchampion / Breakdance (to get the IDO title is a joke!)
05-92 'Battle of the year' as 'Swift and Storm' 1st place
11-98 Winner at "Freestylesession 3" San Diego as "flying tortillas"