Mixing break and contemporary dance, Ink is about censorship and the struggle between the desires of state and citizen, embodied in the movement and aesthetic of Chinese calligraphy. The show questions the dangerous role of artist as activist, following a writer who pushes the boundary between art and dissidence.

When "threatening prevailing wisdom" or "maintaining cultural values" is the difference between freedom, imprisonment, exile or worse, a writer's life hangs on his words.

   "A showcase of astounding dance abilities and muscular virtuosity" and "versatility across different genres." Francesca Marotto, The Wonderful World of Dance

   “Gorgeous muscular movement” Jonzi D, Breakin’ Convention

Originally developed at Breakin' Convention's 'Open Art Surgery' 2016, the full feature show is commissioned by Curve Theatre and Southbank Centre. Premiered October 2017 for Southbank Centre's China Changing Festival and Curve Theatre's Inside Out Festival.

Run time: 45 mins

Dancers: Si Rawlinson, Vladimir Gruev, Daniel Phung, Andrei Roman

Produced by Step Out Arts.



  "A beautiful and unnerving piece of theatre." Jane Fallowfield, Talawa Theatre

Inherent is about appropriating the fight for social change across racial divides, and the way that those who are not black must engage with movements like Black Lives Matter.  How do we face tribalism, which binds our reach in awkwardness and incapacity?  The show draws on break, contemporary, krump, and other hiphop dance styles, exploring the limits memory and the borders of shared experience.  What could three people from Hong Kong, the Seychelles and Bulgaria say about black oppression?  Should they say anything at all?

Developed at Breakin' Convention's 'Back to the Lab' platform this January 2017, the show went on to be performed at Breakin' Convention at Sadler's Wells, Curve Theatre, and Birmingham Repertory Theatre, as well as for Serendipity's Signatures Festival, Talawa Firsts Festival, and Hop Festival Barcelona Dec 2017.

Run time: 10 mins

Dancers: Si Rawlinson, Ryan Naiken, Vladimir Gruev

Produced by Step Out Arts.

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