When ‘maintaining cultural values’ marks the difference between freedom of expression and imprisonment, exile or worse, a writer’s life hangs on his words. An international cast of male dancers embodies the struggle between the desires of a state and its citizens, questioning the complicity between oppressors and the oppressed.
Bodies fly and ink runs… An artful and pulse-quickening mix of hip hop and contemporary dance,
"Eloquent interpretation of political and social issues of our time" and "A showcase of astounding dance abilities and muscular virtuosity" 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 show was supported by Curve Theatre and Southbank Centre 2017. Showcased for Southbank Centre's China Changing Festival 2017 and Curve Theatre's Inside Out Festival 2017.
CAN Festival 2019, 24-26th Jan, Rich Mix
Bedford Creative Arts, dates tbc
Attenborough Arts, 26th April
Run time: 1 Hour
Dancers: Si Rawlinson, Vladimir Gruev, Daniel Phung, Andrei Roman, Helder Delgado
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 relate with each other when our reach is tied 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. We ask the seemingly peverse question: 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 at Mercat de les Flors, Barcelona Dec 2017.
Run time: 10 mins
Dancers: Si Rawlinson, Ryan Naiken, Vladimir Gruev
Produced by Step Out Arts.
Original music collaboration with composer Blasio Kavuma, in partnership with Sound and Music. Spirit Level draws musical influence from gospel, African, to neo-impressionism, and mixes hip hop and contemporary dance among other influences. The show uses live music and dance to explore different meanings of spirituality, how music and dance can be spiritual, and how it connects us.
Performed at Hackney Showroom Sept 6th.
Run time: 20 mins
Collaboration produced by Carol Berry