By Shivani Patel, Staff Writer
The Jabbawockeez, an all-male dance group originating from San Diego, is practically a household name.
This iconic group began with three members — Kevin Brewer, Phil Tayag and Joe Larot — under the name “Three Muskee”. By 2004, the group had grown to seven members. Tony Tran was the most recent member to join just last year. There is no “captain” or “leader” of the group. Instead, they work collaboratively on each dance piece.
The Jabbawockeez are usually associated with incredibly controlled movement and with their signature white masks.
The group rose to fame by competing on talent shows “America’s Got Talent,” from which they were eliminated, and “America’s Best Dance Crew,” which they later won. Since then, they have performed on many shows such as “So You Think You Can Dance”, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “Dancing With The Stars”, to name a few. Despite having been eliminated from AGT, they managed to get their own show in Las Vegas.
Recently, they have been dabbling in the world of YouTube short films. They created one this year called “REGENERATE”.
The short is directed by Kevin Tancharoen, director of the movie Fame and Glee: The 3D Concert Movie.
“REGENERATE” is set in the future — 2036 to be exact. The background for the video is that art and culture have been outlawed by the government. Of course, there are the rebels who refuse to accept this.
In a city reminiscent of Star Wars, the audience is introduced to a girl who seems to be part of the resistance. She goes into an abandoned theater, where she discovers the Jabbawockeez.
Hopefully I’ve piqued your interest so that you’ll watch the beginning (If, however, you are solely interested in the dancing, you’ll want to start at 4:44).
While I’m sure special effects are used, the Jabbawockeez have this unnerving robotic quality to them. The white masks make them into a force, rather than a group of individual people.
In addition to the lighting and atmosphere of the scene, the music aids the dance quite a bit. The Jabbawockeez come off as intimidating and even animated by their lack of human qualities. At 5:52, I was blown away by the ladder they created with their arms and how well it coordinated with the music. And the cinematography only serves to enhance what the Jabbawockeez already have.
Check out the video below: