When I went to Jeonju for the film festival a few weekends ago, I watched the end of a Cyon B-Boy competition. By watched, I mean caught the results and didnt’ actually see any dancing. Regardless, it seemed like it was a good time and it would be cool to watch. The posters advertised a big Cyon B-Boy final competition in Seoul on what was last Saturday. Anyway, I put it in my phone calendar and last Saturday, I went to the final competition with my friend. Urban Dictionary gives a good definition for b-boy:
B-boys are dancers. They have crew, basically a bunch of dancers, and they have battles with other “crews” to figure out who dances best. Putting it that way really trivializes their lifestyle. It’s a bit cooler than what I said.
Here’s a little fun aside that is related to this. I love dance movies. They’re my guilty pleasure. I’ve seen You Got Served way too many times. I rented She Got Dance, or whatever that Canadian dance movie is called that came out a few years ago, with legitimate excitement. If there’s a group of inner-city kids who dance with their friends and there’s a big dance-off at the end, I’ve got interest to watch it. Anyway, if you’ve seen You Got Served (I hope you haven’t), the competition I went to was sort of like the final battle. In fact, that’s all I could think of. I was constantly wondering what hardships these kids had to go through to make it on that stage. Clearly, I watch too many bad movies.
The actual battles were pretty cool. There were two dance “crews” and they had 6 minutes to battle it out. At the end, the judges, would vote for their favorites and the winner advanced to the next round. At the start, it was super cool, the beats were solid and the moves were really cool, but two hours in, it got a bit boring. It was like, “Oh, they’re doing another triple summersault off that guy’s head? Yawn.”
The final battle was a bit anticlimactic. It was the exact same thing as the other battles and the dj was using some really boring beats. Oh well.
After the dancing, there was a “hip-hop concert”. I saw DJ Doc, the guy from Druken Tiger’s wife, Dynamic Duo and, wait for it, Big Bang (!), perform a few songs. The sets were 3 songs long. The first two artists were really big a few years back. It’s was all Korean hip-hop. Some of it was cool, while some was just ok. Personally, I was really excited to see Big Bang live. I think performing at this was part of their contractual obligation with Cyon (a cellphone company). They came on, sang 3 songs and left. I’m really happy I got to see them live. They’re pretty much the biggest thing in K-pop right now and I saw them. Good experience.
After the concert, I went to a friend’s going away party. That’s the problem with living here. We’re all just transients. You’ll eventually need to say goodbye to everyone you meet here. It’s a weird thing to know.