The Asian Age

What is the im­pos­si­ble body project?

- AGE COR­RE­SPON­DENT

Berlin-based pro­fes­sional dancer, Rauf Ya­sit, is aptly known as ‘ Rub­ber Legz’ be­cause of his amaz­ing abil­ity to con­tort him­self into all sorts of im­pos­si­ble poses. His photograph­s are called ‘ Freezes’, and are ac­tu­ally self- por­traits that he sets a timer for and quickly runs in front of the cam­era to get into pose. The dancer is com­pil­ing the best among the poses into a photo book, ti­tled The Im­pos­si­ble Body . Ac­cord­ing to Feelde­sain. com, an old back in­jury was the rea­son Ya­sit started in­cor­po­rat­ing con­tor­tions into his dance moves as he could not per­form ac­ro­bat­ics any­more. In 1998, he first started at­tend­ing the break danc­ing spot in his home­town, Celle, in Ger­many. “Mak­ing my way wasn’t easy,” he says. “Many dancers on the scene dis­re­spected my style, telling me that what I was do­ing wasn’t break­ing.” But, over the years, Ya­sit turned the dis­re­spect and crit­i­cism into cre­ativ­ity. He pushed break danc­ing in a darker, more ma­ture way. The Im­pos­si­ble Body Project is Ya­sit’s way of re­mem­ber­ing his break dance roots. “Street dance gave me so much power and strength be­cause it comes from pain and anger. That’s why break­ing is al­ways hard. It is like a fight with your body as a weapon,” he says.

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