Krump is ''the next generation'' of dance -- Director David LaChappelle's new film documents the new art form's roots in charismatic church and African rituals
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Krumping — the fast and furious break-dancing style exploding out of Los Angeles’ South Central — has a foot in rap. But its roots, says David LaChapelle, director of summer’s hot new documentary Rize, are ”in charismatic church and African ritual” — right down to the bright slashes of color painted on the faces of many of the dancers. The ex-fashion photog describes the dancers’ look as hip-hop with a ”heroic” twist. ”These are the next generation’s artists,” says LaChapelle. ”They’re rejecting commercialized hip-hop. The palette is darker, the clothes roughed up, less flashy. They’re not wearing mountains of gold and diamonds.” In other words, forget the bling; the only thing glistening is sweat. It’s so intense, says LaChapelle, that dancers lose consciousness: ”There’s always a transcendent moment.”

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