Please welcome Toli from Absolutely Awesome, my guest poster.
And now for something totally different! Have you ever heard of t.c.k.? The latest French dance craze spreading quicker than a ray of light among teenagers. T.c.k. for Tecktonik. A mix of hip hop, break dancing, techno and a touch of je-ne-sais-quoi! An absolute phenomenon. TV shows, newspaper articles, YouTube and Dailymotion videos are growing fast. Tecktonik appeared in France in 2000 in nightclubs. And it invaded the 2007 Paris Techno Parade, which took place last month. As I just love taking photos, I decided to attend this annual dance music street carnival without imagining I would witness such a trend : futuristic haircuts, slim-fit jeans, arms moving super energetically and quick foot movements. I took over 500 photos : a mix of young people from different backgrounds, from the suburbs, from middle classes and beyond.
Here is my favourite photo in the album:
this old couple on a bench just watching the party-people go by. I was getting ready to take a photo of them, when the teenagers jumped on the bench and started dancing. I just had time to take one photo. Here it is.
Don’t you just love it? 😉
(Note from Claude: I wish I had taken that photo)
Techno Parade Paris 2007, Sept. 15
Over 300 photos of tecktonik boys and girls invading the streets of Paris
Jey-Jey’s video on Youtube seen over 2.7 million times! A must-see to understand tck
A Cause des garçons, Yelle
So, next time you’re in the heart of Paris, near the Pompidou Centre or Les Halles; if you spot groups of teenagers dancing in teams, you’ll know what it is all about. Tecktonik Killers!
Thanks to Claude for inviting me on her blog.
Toli, at Absolutely Awesome