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The time is right to ask questions, to break free from a system that isn’t working, to emerge on the other side to an awakening – a return to roots, a celebration of culture.

Fierce and affecting, this galvanising hip-hop dance performance reflects themes of identity, oppression and transcendence. Blak Whyte Gray is set to the resonating sounds of a multi-layered score. The powerful choreography and staging make for an image-rich production with political bite.

After its premiere in 2017, the triple bill earned an Olivier nomination for Best New Dance Production.

Fuelled by an emotional energy, this triple bill pairs the concentrated physicality of select hip-hop dance styles with the rhythmical groove of music and moves evoking Africa. Progressing from story-driven hits such as The Five & the Prophecy of Prana, Boy Blue’s founders Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy and Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante inject Blak Whyte Gray with an unexpected abstract quality, revealing a different side to the company’s personality.


By Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy and Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante

Direction and Choreography Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy

Direction and Music Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante

Lighting Lee Curran

Costumes Ryan Dawson Laight


Produced by Boy Blue

Co-commissioned and co-produced by the Barbican

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England

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  • What the critics say

    5/5 Star Rating

    ‘Rich and melancholy joy … great dance theatre’

    4/5 Star Rating

    'Strict, bold and brilliant.'