Nick Power

Melbourne, Victoria

Nick is an Australian B*boy and Choreographer whose work draws on the rituals and culture of hip hop to create contemporary performances.  His practice spans from remote Aboriginal communities in the desert to the stages of the most prestigious contemporary dance festivals in Europe.  Crossing complex divides of place, culture, language and form is Nick’s forté. 

Nick’s most recent work, Deejay X Dancer premiered at Sydney Opera House in 2022 featuring world champion turntablist DJ Total Eclipse alongside 3 of Australia’s most respected breakers.  The work honours the original spark that created hip hop, the block party tradition while using this as a catalyst to push both forms into a contemporary realm.  

Two Crews, was commissioned by Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane Festivals, featuring two hip hop dance crews: Sydney’s Riddim Nation, and all-women Paris crew Lady Rocks, and was made through 2019 on each crew’s turf, in Sydney and Paris. It premiered in Sydney Festival 2020 at Carriageworks followed by a sold out season at Adelaide Festival. 

Between Tiny Cities, a duet between Darwin’s Aaron Lim and Phnom Penh’s Erak Mith, was developed over 3 years through a cross-cultural exchange between Australia & Cambodia. It premiered at Dance Massive 2017 and toured to more than 20 venues nationally from Sydney Opera House and Arts Centre Melbourne, to remote NT communities from Yirrkala and Groote Eyelandt to Tennant Creek, and through Asia & Europe including Tanz im August Berlin, imPulsTanz Vienna, Noorderzon Festival in Holland, George Town Festival in Malaysia, and Hong Kong Festival. 

Between Tiny Cities was nominated for Green Room & Australian Dance awards. Nick was the recipient of the prestigious 2018 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship. 

In 2012 Nick was recipient of the Australia Council dance residency at the Cité International Des Arts in Paris, which inspired his first full length independent work, Cypher, which premiered at Darwin Festival in 2014 and toured Sydney Festival, Sydney Opera House, Arts Centre Melbourne, Tanz im August (Berlin) and URB Festival (Helsinki), as well as remote NT communities and far western Queensland. 

Nick has also worked with Tracks Dance as guest choreographer on four Darwin Festival shows, and a long term relationship with the remote Indigenous community of Lajamanu as collaborating choreographer on the Milpirri project 2005-15, creating six performances, with community Elders through to uninitiated youth. Stalker Physical Theatre commissioned Nick to create Stiltbreak (2006) and Elevate (2010), which toured Australia, Europe, Hong Kong and Mexico. Nick was founding Artistic Director of Platform Hip Hop Festival presented by Carriageworks from 2008–2012, a 3 weeks event becoming the largest hip hop festival in Australia. 

In everything we do, we acknowledge that we live on Aboriginal land and constantly learn from the wisdom of First Peoples.

Where we are and the history that precedes us informs how we work and how we move forward.