Boy Blue is the product of the creative partnership of MC and musician Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante and choreographer Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy; a partnership that has done more than any other to turn hip hop, originally the street dance of disaffected urban youths, into a medium with mass appeal without diluting its power.
The company’s new show is called REDD, from a Gaelic word thought to mean to clear, to tidy up: Michael Asante and Kenrick Sandy were intrigued by the human mind’s urge to put things in order and felt this would provide a good starting point for their new work
Like the shows that preceded it, REDD uses hip hop to ask questions and lead the audience to interrogate aspects of everyday life.
REDD develops around the assertion: ‘all life is balance,’ meaning that opposites coexist and follow each other and need to be balanced. So, this new work invites the audience to take a leap into the void by following Boy Blue’s nine dancers on their journey of introspection to explore how, after trauma, we may again find peace.
Again like previous Boy Blue shows, REDD will not shirk darker themes, but rather, on previous experience, it’ll balance light and shade in a skilful manner, leading the audience to a final apotheosis.
Stylistically, we’re told Boy Blue will contrast a lo-fi hip-hop score with powerful choreography in their new work, which will have its world premiere at the Barbican Theatre in the autumn.
We’re happy to let it be known we’re quite giddy with anticipation…
Age Guidance: 12+
Post show talk: 1 Oct Free to same day ticket holders
|What||Boy Blue, REDD, Barbican Theatre|
|Where||Barbican Theatre, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, E2CY 8DS | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Barbican (underground)|
26 Sep 19 – 05 Oct 19, 19:45 Dur.: 1 hour 30 mins inc one interval
|Price||£16.30 (+ bookign fee; concessions available)|
|Website||Click here to book|