February 1, 2017
Big J Stylez "I loved this show, it had me riveted throughout the piece"Share
Introducing Jacob Dombroski aka Big J, our latest Buoy superstar. Jacob is our Salon Support extraordinaire and is also a talented actor, dancer and so much more. Jacob has written and stars in his play Big J Stylez at the 2018 Fringe Festival from 6 March. A play that will inspire and delight. The Buoy team will be supporting Jacob on the opening night of this fantastic creative piece.
Review from Fringe Festival.
Feel the vibes and aroha of Jacob Dombroski, aka Big J. Jacob uses vulnerability as a strength holding us in the palm of his hand as he uses puppetry, dance, music and storytelling, to take us on a journey of bravery, whanau and smashing perceptions.
“I loved this show. It was engaging and held me riveted throughout the
piece. It was a work that reminded me what a celebration and powerful force theatre can be” – Apirana Taylor
Big J Stylez explores Jacob’s passions – music, dance and acting, weaving a story which allows the audience to peer in and become a part of his family. Big J Stylez is an exploration of growing up in New Zealand as a young Samoan /Maori (Ngai Tuhoe, Ngati Porou) who also happens to be born with Down syndrome. The story highlights struggles he has faced for being ‘different’, and how we flip this pain to create a dialogue about acceptance and truth – inspiring others to leave their past behind and write their own destiny.
Jacob puppeteers his childhood friend/soft toy Tiger to describe the formative years with his brother and single mum. These lighter moments of Jacob’s story are mirrored by moments of violence towards him and frustration of not being understood.
Jacob's powerful ability in hip-hop dance will be pushed to the limits with the support of emerging contemporary dancer/choreographer Braedyn Togi. Using his body to articulate the raw emotion, Jacob expresses the unspeakable through dance.
Director Rose Kirkup (Versions of Allah, Fallen Angels) continues to focus on how we can tell amazing stories from those on the fringes of Aotearoa, crafting them to a world-class level, ready for export.
“He plays himself and everyone else. He has done an amazing job with accents, voices, different body shapes and developing characters. It is a really complex work for someone who doesn’t have any formal training. In the past six months, he is really coming to his own performance.” Rose Kirkup, Director of Big J Stylez. (quote from Art Access article about Jacob).
Please show support by connecting to Everybody Lives Here and donating so that Rose and her team and continue to support these incredible artists.
Enjoy a wee taste of our talented Jacob in this uplifting Jon Lemmon Music Video.
Enjoy the play and look out for a #buoyblog from the team with our reviews of this awesome play.