Mortal Kombat : Legacy 2 x Ivan Koumaev Collaboration

Here at Team Viparo, we're all 80s and 90s kids, being huge fans of pop culture references like Boyz II Men, TLC, Around the Twist, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Kids Incorporated, Saved By The Bell and video games like Super Mario, Street Fighter and Doom. One video game that was a shared favorite, was Mortal Kombat, a series of fighting games that began in the early 90s.

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In celebration of their long-anticipated new Series 'Mortal Kombat Legacy 2, Machinima and Warner Bros. approached 25 year old Dancer/Choreographer/Actor Ivan Koumaev , who is about to embark on Justin Timberlake's 20/20 Experience tour,  to come up with a concept dance video in which he created, directed and produced himself.  The video is set to the Series' theme song, created by the show's Director, Kevin Tanchereon.

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How did the project come to life?

 Huge as the whole Mortal Kombat Series is - this project all came together very fast... we were given a short deadline,I was given a song and was told they that wanted to incorporate Dance -- and it has to be about Mortal Kombat - and that's kinda it!   So as the creative mind, the way I work, I went back and listened to the song a million and a half times and eventually things just start kind of forming in your head and when you watch it - the handkerchief - was kind of the first thing that that for some reason I saw and I don't know WHY that was the image that stuck out, but I saw a spotlight, and a slow motion handkerchief falling and then from there, it just kind of built.  From there you have to put a story on it, have to put a reason why - why is it falling, where is it falling, whose gonna be around it - what's gonna happen.

When people think of Mortal Kombat, fighting and kick-ass ninja moves usually come to mind. You've changed it up a bit, what was your take on the concept?

 I didn't want to put everyone in a Mortal Kombat costume and have a fight scene cause that's... that's (laughs) that's what the show is, that's not my job - it was to make it Dance-appropriate,cool and interesting. I tried to take a little different spin on it.  Like a little boot-camp, training camp, where all the secret gangster dance Ninjas hang out. The franchise of Mortal Kombat is amazing, it will continue to be awesome for a long time, so it was just cool to be a part of it - that's my childhood stuff, I used to play MK as a kid, so getting to create something alongside of it is... pretty neat.

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Watch the music video in its entirety here: (If you're having trouble viewing the video, click through here!)

Check out below an interview with Dance Track Magazine where Ivan talks more in-depth on the project (click through to watch via Youtube).

An all-round performer, Ivan will for sure become a household name in the future. You can stay in touch on Facebook, Instagram
Twitter and Youtube.

All photo credits courtesy of Kat Cressida & www.IvanKoumaev.com

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