Robby 'Raw-B' Graham (Bad Taste Cru, Newcastle / Omagh)
'Eventually I would like to be able to say that I have helped contribute to the legitimacy of Hip Hop Theatre as a form within institutionalised dance. Back To The Lab represents a rare opportunity to develop, learn, and create under experienced artists who have already shaped the landscape of UK dance.'
Robby started breaking in 1998 as a member of Bad Taste Cru. Bad Taste have long cemented their place in the UK’s bboy hall of fame having represented the UK at both The UK BBoy Championships and Battle of the Year world finals amongst many other accolades.
They created their first hip hop theatre piece for Breakin’ Convention Newcastle in 2005. Since then Robby has got the bug and has spearheaded his crew’s success in creating several successful theatrical productions.
Robby choreographed his first piece in 2008 Incognito, which was followed by Council of the Ordinary in 2009. In an effort to learn more about professional work, he joined 2Faced Dance Company in 2009 and toured Still Breathing until 2010, when he was commissioned to create Aftermath for the Place Prize, a piece informed by experiences of growing up during the Troubles in N. Ireland.
Robby has since worked with Ballet Lorent in a tour of La Nuit Intime and choreographed Faust for the Theatre Royal’s 175th Anniversary, as well as choreographing Riots on Bad Taste youth company Battalions which was selected as the YDE wild card and most recently created his first solo, All or Nothing as part of Open Art Surgery 2012.