THE ROAD TO MONTPELLIER: THE FINAL COUNTDOWN
In just over a month the curtains will raise on the biggest b-boy event on the planet – the Braun Battle of the Year finals. For over seven months, from Israel to Singapore, Japan to Kazakhstan, 3,000 b-boys have been battling in qualifiers around the globe to earn the right to compete in the grand finals. Now the countdown has begun and the top qualified crews are preparing to perform on the greatest b-boy stage of them all, the Braun BOTY finals in Montpellier on November 19.
The Braun BOTY is a celebration of the world’s best b-boys coming together to compete on one stage. The much-anticipated event has become a flagship for hip hop culture, and is the perfect showcase for professional b-boy crews who have undergone months of intensive training to perfect their break-dancing choreographies. Legions of fans will be keenly following the competition, cheering on their heroes as they defy gravity in spectacular style. The biggest names will be participating, but reputations will count for nothing in this explosive contest.
All eyes will be on Korea’s Jinjo crew, the defending champions who will attempt to secure a second consecutive title, a feat that hasn’t been repeated since the German crew Battle Squad managed it 20 years ago in ’91 and ’92. Breathing down the necks of the top crews will be Maximum Crew, another Korean outfit who will look to dethrone their compatriots. Vagabonds, the French crew, won the title in 2006, but victory has since eluded them, and they will be fired up to taste success again.
A panel of b-boying experts will carefully analyze the performances of the 20 crews. There are a number of different criteria that will be considered by the esteemed judges: synchronicity, stage presence, theme and music and choreography. B-boys will be training with these elements in mind and fine-tuning new eye-catching choreographies as they prepare to out-battle, out-dance and out-maneuver other crews in tense showdown confrontations. Crews, which generally consist of eight members, will need to work as one to achieve absolute cohesion and mobility on stage. Only absolute confidence and the most breath-taking stunts performed in perfect unison will be good enough to secure victory.
The competition was originally founded in Germany in 1990 and was a success with over 500 spectators visiting the first event. Initially the competition simply consisted of one show but over 20 years of transformation and restructuring has seen the introduction of the exciting battle format that Braun BOTY features today. The competition has grown to such an extent that it inspired “Planet B-Boy”, a documentary based on the competition and the history of b-boying. Click here for a small taste of what you can expect from the Braun BOTY.
The Braun BOTY finals will be taking place in Montpellier, France at the Parkes & Suites Arena on the November 19. Tickets will cost €31.30 and are available here . This extraordinary event sells out, so it’s best to pre-book tickets to avoid disappointment! Furthermore, there will be many other supporting events, such as workshops, the 1 vs. 1 battles and the WeB*girlz 2 vs. 2 battles.