From a street performance to an unprecedented performance group, the s**t kingz dance group bring movement to theater. The four thirty-something members are shoji, the leader who’s great with catchy dances; kazuki, a Michael Jackson devotee; NOPPO, whose dynamic moves inspire audiences; and Oguri, who tap dances and loves musicals.
“Let’s dance in a club event,” said kazuki to the members and when it formed in 2007. Their reputation grew and soon they were dancing for Mariah Carey. In the U.S., they won at BODY ROCK, after which their reputation blossomed as choreographers. By 2013, they were touring on their own.
shoji points out that as more opportunities with artists and as stage directors developed, they grew more popular. People would often suggest they do their own show. shoji points out that they have found fulfillment in the freedom to create a show from scratch.
Their new medley performance is an upgrade of their 2013 show, which they tried a long version that expresses an original story through dance. It was through this that they built their reputation. They commissioned a manga artist for the script, Mari Yamazaki, who is known for Thermae Romae. The tour began in 2016.
Expect a new level of entertainment from the s**t kingz. Sometimes they stage some of the classic musicals with comedy elements similar to Charlie Chaplin movies embedded into their street moves.
“We want to take on new challenges and expand our possibilities,” Shoji says. “We’ve done what more traditional dancers should do, so we had better try harder,” kazuki adds. “Dance in unexpected places. We should try other things beyond dance,” Oguri continues, and NOPPO laughs and says, “We might become farmers in twenty years.” The four often bounce around in conversations this way, opening the door to new ideas.
Words: Takashiro Tomari
- s**t kingz, Dance Performance
The s**t kingz formed in 2007 and performed all over the world. Their work with bands such as V6, SHINee, EXO sets them apart from other choreographers. Their first independent performance was in 2013, where they amassed over 5,000 fans. After appearing at a-nation and SXSW, the band continued to push the envelope to do more interesting performances. Picture: From the left NOPPO, kazuki, Oguri, shoji.