Making the most of its New York City roots, Opening Ceremony releases a video called “The Hat Trick Turn up.” The Deirdre Schoo-directed short highlights some of the boutique’s current offerings via two subway dancers, Jonathan “Showoff” Cespedes and Andre “King Dre Don” Redman, in a freestyle dance off on a Jamaica bound J/Z train. According to the video description:
“On this day, aside from the whirring train, there was no music. Showoff, a gifted bone breaker, and Dre, who specializes in tutting and hat tricks, were their own choreographers, rhythms drummed up inside their heads and executed with the instinctual boop, bap, bing, bong, foop, fop— sound effects that would escape their lips; heads and shoulders moving in choreographed ticks, like a hyped-up pocket watch.”
New York’s subway dance crews came under a lot of heat last year, with the police essentially shutting down their performances through arrests so it’s nice to see two of them receive their propers in a video that honors their artform. Details on the featured fashion here.