Rooted in the hip hop dance phenomenon, which Asante and Sandy have done so much to promote as a mainstream format, Blak Whyte Gray is their stylised response to their own experiences and a celebration of culture.
Part 1, Whyte, has three dancers drawing on robotics and body popping; it is noticeable for its sparse style.
Part 2, Gray, involves the full company of eight dancers and is rooted in krumping, the dancing style characterised by free, expansive – exaggerated even – movements of arms and legs, which evolved to release anger and frustration in a non-violent way.
The final section, Blak, is the most personal and internalised, and centers on a mesmerising solo for a male performer.
Danced to a sound score by DJ Asante, strikingly lit by Lee Curran with costumes by Ryan Dawson Laight, Black Whyte Gray is a fierce and affecting hip hop show, and the recipient of an Olivier nomination. It is part of the Barbican’s The Art of Change season.
Age Guidance: 12+
|What||Boy Blue, Blak Whyte Gray, Barbican Theatre|
|Where||Barbican Theatre, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, E2CY 8DS | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Barbican (underground)|
12 Sep 18 – 15 Sep 18, 19:45 Dur.: 1 hour and 30 mins inc one interval
|Price||£15-£25 (plus £3 booking fee)|
|Website||Click here to book via the Barbican website|