Niels „Storm“ Robitzky

'28 Jahre in 28 Minuten'  © Photo: Dirk Korell
"28 Jahre in 28 Minuten" Photo: Dirk Korell

Video: „28yrs, 28mns“
Video: „2storm 2012 week 05“

Storm is a dancer, choreographer, and self-taught specialist for b-boying, locking, and popping techniques of the 1980s. He toured worldwide with his first dance company, Battle Squad. Various stage performances followed in the U.S. formation of the Ghettoriginal Production Dance Company from 1992 to 1995.

Since 1993 Storm, who was born in North Germany, lives in Berlin. In 1996 he co-founded, with Jazzy Lee, the Berlin-based dance company The Storm & Jazzy Project, which performed in theatres and at festivals throughout Europe until the end of the 1990s. Since, Storm works independently.
He has completed numerous creations and commissioned works, such as the choreography for the opening gala of the Expo 2000 in Hanover and a large repertoire of group- and solo works.

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"Only someone who understands how movements work can dance. I observe people and their rhythms, the things and their movements - and try to make dance out of them. I also watch myself every day, my movements, my expressions, my gestures, my behaviour; and my fellow humans. That helps my to analyse moods better and to project them on the stage. But that obviously also requires great curiosity. It is typical of me that I read a book and after 20 lines only continue to read in my subconscious because I drift off into my imaginary world as though I would take the story or what I have read in a different direction."
Niels "Storm" Robitzky

It was his latest solo, a self-ironic look back on an exciting future. In “28 Years, 28 Minutes”, Storm tells of his parents’ house in Eutin, where loud music annoyed his mother and he was only known as Niels Robitzky, but also of his many trips to New York, Paris, and elsewhere. Between these details were numerous changes of address in Berlin a number of injuries common to dancers.

The passionate worldchampion in b–boying turned into an accomplished artist who's vision of himself is full of irony. In 2009, he coquetted with Bizet, Grieg, and with other popular symphonic works, and lost his breath with Bach. In the past, the bboys danced in sweaters with oversized arms. Today they question their bodies and the potential of their movements and Storm is a celebrated intermediary between the worlds of battles and the kind of Hip Hoppers who, such as in France, don't see so much borders with ballet, contemporary dance, and deal with art history. Meanwhile, here too, the audience has reached a level of maturity allowing it to appreciate a total work of art as well as athletic showpieces.

Storm is an idol in France from Paris to Montpellier, as worldwide, like in Sao Paulo, where he enjoys an intensive partnership with the company Discípulos do Rítmo. He choreographed for companies in Abidjan and Hanoi. But yet in Germany, he is often courting recognition from the publicly financed cultural institutions. We can expect a Storm, who fully concentrates on choreographic creativity and will probably redefine himself from anew.

Thomas Hahn

Works available for touring

28 Jahre in 28 Minuten (2011)
solo – stage 10 x 12 x 8 m – 28 min

Storm…in klassischem Kontext (2008)
solo – stage 8 x 8 x 6 m – 20 min

Virtuelevation –
Aufzug mit Tiefsinn zum Hochmut zum Fall
solo – stage 10 x 11 x 8 m – 30 min

Solo for Two (2001)
solo – stage 8 x 12 x 8 m – 30 min