StiltBreak is a fusion of break dancing and hip-hop with Stalker’s trademark stilt acrobatics.
Suitable for day or night, indoors or outside, StiltBreak is a wicked mix of hip-hop style with acrobatic flare and break-neck stilt walking. StiltBreak has four performers, minimal props and can be performed up to twice per day.
The initial inspiration for the project began in 2001 when David Clarkson observed breakdancers in performance at the Aerial Dance Festival in Boulder, Colorado USA. He noticed the similarities between the vocabularies of breakdancing and the form he had developed in Australia, Stalker’s hell-for-leather stilt acrobatics. Later that year Stalker taught a series of workshops in stilt technique at Canterbury Boys High School (Sydney, Australia) where students experimented with their own StiltBreak fusion. This then inspired ongoing community projects and the development of the fusion into a professional performance project.
Stalker began a training/research phase with professional breakdancers and stilt acrobats in 2004 and produced StiltBreak 1, a twenty-minute foray into the StiltBreak dance vocabulary, which was performed on several occasions in Western Sydney in November 2004. Parallel to this Stalker developed an outreach program, teaching students to break-dance and stilt walk in Parramatta and Campbelltown (Sydney, Australia).
In July 2005 Stalker continued this outreach program while in residence at the Campbelltown Arts Centre with David Clarkson, Nick Power and Emma Leak. In October 2006 Stalker realized its dream and under the expert choreographic eye of Nick Power, StiltBreak was performed as part of the Fisher’s Ghost Festival at Campbelltown Arts Centre.