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Afternoon Delight: D-D-D-Dubsteppin'

by Jerome Weeks 29 Aug 2012 12:59 PM

So exactly what is ‘dubstep,’ you ask? A master, Marquese “Nonstop” Scott, shows how it changes from mechanical stop-starts to a liquid flow.


Afternoon Delight is a daily diversion for when you’re just back from lunch, but not quite ready to get back to work. Check back weekdays at 1 p.m. for another one.

So exactly what is ‘dubstep,’ you ask? It can be more than just the limited, repetitious, robot ‘isolations,’ as this master — Marquese “Nonstop” Scott — shows. He really takes off around the 1:25 mark and again, around 3:20. It’s the contrast between the popping — the stop-start contortions — and the loose, liquid flow. If ballet is about the dancer taking flight, leaving the ground like a bird, the body becoming immaterial, this is the dancer’s body as malfunctioning equipment — changing instantly to the body as rolling wave.