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INTERVIEW OF BGIRL CAMPANITA

INTERVIEW OF BGIRL CAMPANITA

Can you introduce yourself in a few words?

"Hi I'm Adriana Aka Campanita, I'm from Venezuela and I've been dancing for 10 years now. I have lived in Colombia and in various countries of Latin America, and now I have been living in Paris for 2 years. »

What's dance represent for you?

"For me, it's a lifestyle, it's a way of expressing yourself. Dance has allowed me to be who I am today, to build my personal confidence and to assert myself as a woman in the culture of Hip Hop & Breakdance. »

How did you discover Bboying/Bgirling?

"Today I have been dancing for 10 years but it all started when I was 15, I took my first steps as a dancer thanks to friends at school. They invited me to join a spot in Caracas where the bboy/bgirls were practicing. At the beginning I felt that this discipline was not for me but I persevered. I felt like a conviviality, and sharing [...] it allowed me to accept myself as I am and never give up my dreams. It all began during a trip to Latin America, Venezuela, Brazil, and Argentina. I participated in various events such as cyphers, battles. Besides I won several Bgirl competitions in these countries. That's when I really marked my identity as a dancer and found my place in breakdance. »

One of your best memories?

"It's hard to say there are so many {laughter}, but one of my best memories is of a cypher in Colombia in the city of Medellin. There was an introductory speech given by Afrika Bambaataa on the importance of respect, of sharing in our hip hop culture. It touched me a lot, I had tears in my eyes. It was one of the competitions where I was the best in terms of energy and musicality in my dance. »

What are your goals today?

"I am very grateful to be able to dance even today. My goal is to continue dancing as long as I am alive. I want to share my dance with my community. I don't want to chase a title at all, I'm not looking for fame, I want to remain humble. Of course I would be happy if one day I can reach a certain level of performance that will give me success, however I will not be frustrated if I don't succeed. I like to be an inspiration to others but I don't impose my dance. For me cultural expression should not be demanded, it should be free and spontaneous. Today I want to be accepted by an audience that encourages and supports me. »

What's your next step? 

"I've started a project called 'entre-bgirl' which brings together a group of dancers to talk about the place of women in hip-hop. Today we're doing different interviews with psychologists, gynecologists [...] The vision of the project is to encourage bgirls to understand that they are capable of doing the same performances as men and to encourage them to express themselves more through dance. This project aims to dispel this preconceived idea. I would like this project to develop and to grow this community throughout Europe and Latin America. Today I realize that there hasn't been any evolution in this regard in the last ten years. »

How did you come to make dance your profession?

"When I was in Latin America everything was very different. When I arrived in France, in Paris, I saw that there are a lot of opportunities here in Europe. There's really room for everyone. »

What inspires you, what is your creative process?

"Actually I don't do like all dancers, I don't choose my movements intentionally. I like to be guided by the inspiration of the moment, the music and the emotion. I don't like to put a barrier in my way, that's why I don't build a passage. Of course I have predefined 'codes' that I have acquired through my experience. »

What is your worst memory?

"Yes, I remember it like it was yesterday. Outbreak 2018. In this kind of competition, the pressure is very high and it's always with anxiety that I enter this kind of event. The judges, the public, while you dance, you feel like the sword of Damocles on your head. You feel like you're gambling your life on it. It's always a challenge for me to participate in this kind of event, but I like to push my limits. That's what allows me to progress. »

What is your vision of top rock?

“In fact, it's very simple, I see top rock as a break discipline that allows you to show who you really are, your true identity. For me it's very important because nobody is going to steal or copy your energy, your presence, your steps. When you dance top rock the only thing that people will see is your origin, the only thing that people will see is your origin.”