Ken Vaega, internationally known as Lightsaber aka Jr Street Beast, 2018 Krump World Champion and Co-director of Lighthouse Famz, begins a solo performance project in collaboration with Lemi Ponifasio.
A Paul Klee painting named Angelus Novus shows an angel looking as though he is about to move away from something he is fixedly contemplating. His eyes are staring, his mouth is open, his wings are spread. This is how one pictures the angel of history. His face is turned toward the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage upon wreckage and hurls it in front of his feet. The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such violence that the angel can no longer close them. The storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress.
Walter Benjamin (On the Concept of History)
Ken will investigate the emotion and terror of the frozen face and body of the Angel Of History in a meditation of his experience growing up in South Auckland.
Since 2011, Ken has been exposed to many different dance experiences, he has competed in Hip Hop International nationally and internationally. He is a former member of Eclipse and Prestige Dance Crew and is an established freestyler and choreographer. He has won National and International recognition for his skill, ranging from winning National All-style Battle Competitions and Urban Crew Competitions to teaching urban choreography/Freestyle/Krump Workshops internationally, even having the opportunity to teach at "Dance Energy" the hosts of the most prestigious dance camp "Urban Dance Camp" in Germany, as well as winning the European Buck Session(EBS) Krump World Championships in 2018.