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Thursday 20th September 2018
Boy Blue presents Blak Whyte Gray
Boy Blue presents Blak Whyte Gray a personal response by Boy Blue’s founders to their experiences and observations of the world.
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
What the critics say
‘Rich and melancholy joy … great dance theatre’The Observer
'Strict, bold and brilliant.'The Independent