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Digital Programme: Cycles (Boy Blue)

Members of the Boy Blue company rehearse, the group together as if moving in a spiralling motion.

Find out more about the production and the creative team behind it in our digital programme. 

Welcome to the Barbican Theatre and the world premiere of Cycles, a new show celebrating the freedom and rhythms of Hip Hop from our Artistic Associate company Boy Blue, led by co-founding Artistic Directors Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante and Kenrick ‘H20’ Sandy.

We have been their home over the last 15 years, supporting them to build groundbreaking and original live shows (including the Olivier Award-winning Pied Piper, Blak Whyte Gray and REDD), and hosting exuberant hip-hop dance parties in our foyers.

This year they are experimenting with something different, driven by Michael’s new, beat-heavy soundtrack. The propulsive choreography was created by Kenrick and Jade Hackett, who re-joins the Boy Blue family as Associate Choreographer after starting out as a dancer with the company in its early years. Instead of following a narrative, together they have explored the innovation, energy and rich history within Hip Hop culture, while looking to the future. Spotlighting nine of the best dance artists in the UK, no two performances will be the same as each embodies their own vision of Hip Hop through their unique style of movement.

Along with our New York-based commissioning partners, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, we look forward to following the journey of this production as it energises audiences around the world.  

We hope you enjoy the show, and you’ll join us at the BSI: Beats, Streets & Inspiration after-party on Saturday night!

Toni Racklin, Barbican Head of Theatre & Dance

A warm welcome to you all; we appreciate you being here with us today. It is a dream to be back on the Barbican stage; a stage we consider to be our home. Being able to fill it with such extraordinary artists is the most perfect way to return.  

The words ‘connection,’ ‘energy’ and ‘frequency’ course through the veins of Cycles. They are the words that the creative team always came back to throughout the process to ground them. We hope that you connect to the movement and to the music, and that you feel the energy coming from these extraordinary super humans as they embody the essence of Cycles.

We sincerely hope that you enjoy your time with us.

Jo Stendall, Executive Director for Boy Blue

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From the Barbican

Barbican Centre Board 
Tom Sleigh 
Deputy Chair 
Sir William Russell 
Deputy Chair 
Tobi Ruth Adebekun 

Board Members 
Randall Anderson, Munsur Ali, Michael Asante MBE, Stephen Bediako OBE, Farmida Bi CBE, Tijs Broeke, Zulum Elumogo, Wendy Mead OBE, Mark Page, Alpa Raja, Jens Riegelsberger, Jane Roscoe, Despina Tsatsas, Irem Yerdelen 

Clerk to the Board 
John Cater and Kate Doidge 

Barbican Centre Trust  
Farmida Bi CBE  
Vice Chair  
Robert Glick OBE  

Tom Bloxham MBE, Stephanie Camu, Tony Chambers, Cas Donald, David Kapur, Ann Kenrick, Kendall Langford, Sir William Russell, Tom Sleigh, Claire Spencer AM, Sian Westerman 

Chief Executive Officer 
Claire Spencer 
Director of Development 
Natasha Harris 
Director of People, Inclusion and Culture 
Ali Mirza 
Head of Finance & Business Administration 
Sarah Wall 
Acting Director for Buildings and Renewal 
Cornell Farrell 
Director of Commercial 
Jackie Boughton 
Director for Audiences  
Beau Vigushin 
Executive Assistant to Claire Spencer 
Hannah Hoban

Theatre Department  
Head of Theatre and Dance  
Toni Racklin  
Senior Production Manager  
Simon Bourne  
Liz Eddy, Jill Shelley, Fiona Stewart  
Assistant Producers  
Mali Siloko, Tom Titherington  
Production Managers  
Jamie Maisey, Lee Tasker  
Technical Managers  
Steve Daly, Jane Dickerson, Nik Kennedy, Martin Morgan, Stevie Porter  
Stage Managers  
Lucinda Hamlin, Charlotte Oliver  
Technical Supervisors  
James Breedon, Charlie Mann, Jamie Massey, Matt Nelson, Adam Parrott, Lawrence Sills, Chris Wilby  
Kendell Foster, David Kennard, Burcham Johnson, Bart Kuta, Christian Lyons, Josh Massey, Kieran Poynter, Fred Riding, Fede Spada, Matt Turnbull  
PA to Head of Theatre  
David Green 


Production Administrator  
Caroline Hall  
Production Assistant  
Ashley Panton 
Stage Door  
Julian Fox, aLbi Gravener  

Creative Collaboration 
Head of Creative Collaboration  
Karena Johnson  
Senior Manager 
Sarah Mangan 
Josie Dick  
Assistant Producer   
Carmen Okome  

Marketing Department  
Head of Marketing  
Jackie Ellis  
Deputy Head of Marketing  
Ben Jefferies  
Senior Marketing Manager  
Kyle Bradshaw  
Marketing Assistants 
Olivia Brissett and Rebecca Moore  

Communications Department  
Head of Communications  
James Tringham  
Senior Communications Manager  
Ariane Oiticica  
Communications Manager  
Communications Assistant  
Sumayyah Sheikh  

Audience Experience  
Deputy Head of Audience Experience & Operations  
Sheree Miller  
Ticket Sales Managers  
Lucy Allen, Oliver Robinson, Ben Skinner, Jane Thomas  
Operations Managers  
Ben Raynor, Elizabeth Davies-Sadd, Samantha Teatheredge, Hayley Zwolinsk  
Operations Manager (Health & Safety)  
Mo Reideman  
Audience Event & Planning Manager  
Freda Pouflis  
Venue Managers  
Scott Davies, Tabitha Goble, Nicola Lake, Maria Pateli  
Assistant Venue Managers  
Jess Caute, Sam Hind, Bronagh Leneghan, Melissa Olcese, Daniel Young  
Crew Management  
Dave Magwood, Rob Magwood, James Towell  
Access and Licensing Manager  
Rebecca Oliver  
Security Operations Manager  
Naqash Sheikh  
Audience Experience Coordinator  
Ayelen Fananas 


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Founder and principal funder  
The City of London Corporation  

Major Supporters  
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Marcus Margulies  

Programme Supporters  
Goodman Gallery  
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The Rudge Shipley Charitable Trust  

Director’s Circle  
James and Louise Arnell  
Farmida Bi CBE  
Jo Bloxham MBE  
Philippe and Stephanie Camu  
Cas Donald  
Alex and Elena Gerko  
Trevor Fenwick and Jane Hindley  
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Maria Björnson Memorial Fund  
Representation of Flanders (Belgian Embassy) in the UK 
Royal Norwegian Embassy in London 
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