‘Exceptionally tight … a powerful piece of hip-hop theatre’
New York Times on Blak Whyte Gray
Dance Umbrella’s Fairfield Takeover comes to a close with internationally acclaimed company Boy Blue’s latest show REDD, fresh from its premiere at the Barbican. Following the international triumph of Blak Whyte Gray their latest dance theatre production is about those irreversible moments in life and how they can affect us in different ways.
All life is balance. With happiness and light must come darkness. Audiences are invited to take a leap into the void, as nine dancers begin an introspective journey exploring how, after trauma, we may find inner peace.
Intrigued by how the mind seeks to put things in order (from the Gaelic verb ‘redd’), Boy Blue contrast a lo-fi hip-hop score with powerful choreography in this new work. Founded by Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante and Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy MBE, the company’s Blak Whyte Gray toured nationally and internationally, wowing audiences from New York to Taiwan.
‘Rich and melancholy joy … a sense of intensely distilled feeling, of dance cut to its essence – that you only rarely encounter’
★★★★★ Observer on Blak Whyte Gray
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Creator and Director Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy MBE
Creator and Director Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante
Choreographer Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy MBE
Composer Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante
Costumes Ryan Dawson Laight
Lighting Charlie Morgan
Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy MBE
Shannelle ‘Tali’ Fergus
DU: Fairfield Takeover is produced and presented by Dance Umbrella in partnership with Fairfield Halls and Croydon Council.
Original production of REDD Commissioned by the Barbican, Produced by Boy Blue, Co-produced by Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival and HOME Manchester. Barbican performances presented in association with Dance Umbrella. With thanks to BA (Hons) Dance: Urban Practice programme – University of East London.