Where:Audiovisual Technology Center, Wystawowa 1
International group of breakdance style dancers led by a Canadian, Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli, prove with their dance performances that no disability can stop inner determination and the true need for expression.
ILL-Abilities is the most unusual group of b-boys in the world, comprising dancers performing the semi-acrobatic breakdance – a dance that originated in 1970s in the Bronx in New York among local rappers, and later conquered the world. And from different parts of the world come the members of the international collective ILL-Abilities. It was launched in 2007 by a dancer and motivational speaker from Montreal, Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli, who was born with congenital joint stiffness, which is damaging his legs. Despite the disability, he has practised breakdance since he was 15 and devised his own style, in which he uses his orthopaedic crutches and moves based on the exceptional strength of his arms. He took part in the Canadian editions of You Can Dance and Canada`s Got Talent. .
He created his own group by inviting extraordinary enthusiasts just like him from different countries: the USA, Chile, Brazil, Netherlands and South Korea. All 8 members of this group suffer from various types of disease or disability, such as a limb prosthesis, 5 fingers in both hands instead of 10, or inborn deafness. Each dancer practises a spectacular type of breakdance adapted to their specific physical abilities.
They show their skills at breakdance tournaments and shows, and prove that everything is possible. Their artistic potential delights and inspires the viewers, who are impressed by their attitude and unique dancing technique. Their guiding motto is “No excuses. No limits” and their principle – “creating advantages from disadvantages”. Mission? Ambitious – “redefining disability through enabling individuals to live in society without limitations”. Ddetermination bore fruit: in 2013 ILL-Abilities won the Oliver Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Dance”.
Today ILL-Abilities encourage positive thinking and motivate by sharing their experiences in shows and dance performances all over the world. In Wrocław the group will be represented by Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli (Canada), Lucas “Perninha” Machado (Brazil), Samuel “Samuka” Lima (Brazil), Jung Soo “Krops” Lee (South Korea), Redouan “Redo” Ait Chitt (Holland).
During their performance they will fight a “breakdance battle” with Polish dancers. At Brave Festival they will also run workshops for children and teenagers with disabilities (intellectual and physical).