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Blak Whyte Gray

Boy Blue Entertainment / Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante / Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy

A galvanising dance theatre work from award-winning East London hip-hop company Boy Blue Entertainment.

Blak Whyte Gray is a galvanising dance theatre work from award-winning East London hip-hop company Boy Blue Entertainment. It’s a bold and brilliant dance creation combining tightly drilled choreography and a ground-shaking electronic score.

A world in flux; a need for change. The time is right to ask questions, to break free from a system that no longer works – and emerge to a new awakening.

Three dancers straightjacketed in a cage of light judder as dance energy flows through them. A battalion of dancers, their bodies synchronised and syncopated, find flow in elegant, ever-changing formations amid their brute force. A lone figure – staggering, barely alive – is returned to life and freedom by his mysterious comrades.

Formed in 2002 by urban choreographer Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy and producer/composer Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante, Boy Blue Entertainment brings hip-hop from the streets and clubs firmly into the theatre, marrying music and movement in innovative shows that blister with emotional energy. Boy Blue won an Olivier Award for their raw, urban Pied Piper and they also nurture new urban talent through a collection of groundbreaking youth companies.

Boy Blue’s previous shows have drawn wild acclaim for their big, bold storytelling and irresistible rhythmic grooves. Blak Whyte Gray returns to Boy Blue’s roots in pure hip-hop, with a fierce political bite, unforgettable stage imagery and a driving musical score.

Sometimes mysterious and personal, always infectious and energising, Blak Whyte Gray is hip-hop dance theatre as a profoundly human experience.

Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante Concept and music
Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy, Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante Directors
Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy Choreography
Lee Curran Lighting designer
Ryan Dawson Laight Costume designer

Production co-commissioned and co-produced by the Barbican


More information about some of the artists

Boy Blue Entertainment
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Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy
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16-19 August 2017

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book. The 2019 programme is now available to browse and book. Visit What's On to see the programme

It's pure physical poetry - a joy to watch

The Stage

I would urge everyone to catch the virtuosic artists of Boy Blue

Financial Times

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