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This hip-hop inspired theatre production is a must see

PERFORMANCE: Blak Whyte Gray

FIRECE, BOLD and affecting, this galvanising hip-hop dance triple bill reflects themes of identity, oppression and transcendence in a performance of pure physical poetry.

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

Blak Whyte Gray is the first full-length abstract work by Boy Blue’s founders, Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante and Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy and is personal, a response to their experiences and observations of the world.

Set to the resonating sounds of a multilayered electronic score, the powerful choreography and staging make for an image-rich production with political bite. After its premiere at the Barbican in January 2017, the show earned an Olivier nomination for Best New Dance Production.

Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante credits the themes of Blak Whyte Gray to a conversation with his father about the origins of identity and how it forms who we are; in turn the work aims to pursue the idea of reaching a space of freedom that’s based upon a true understanding of self.

Boy Blue encapsulates the pulse of the city it was born in, London. This runs through this unique mélange of dance theatre. Weaving their frontline stage and screen work around the elevation of hip-hop culture, from the offset, founders Asante and Sandy have created works that challenge common perception while delivering a new voice that have inspired a generation.

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