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Change Makers

A Change is Gonna Come

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The beauty and power of spoken word poetry runs head first into the electrifying energy of hip-hop dance as the Barbican Young Poets collaborate with dance company Boy Blue. 

Barbican Young Poets, past and present, come together for an electrifying collaboration with hip-hop dancers from Boy Blue to share their personal experiences of the nation in which they find themselves living through spoken word and dance.

Under the guidance of world-renowned poet Jacob Sam-La Rose and Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante, co-founder of hip-hop dance company Boy Blue, the show see poets interacting with dancers fusing the vitality and energy of spoken word with movement as they perform together on stage.


About Barbican Young Poets
Barbican Young Poets is an annual programme for young creatives aged 14-25 that aims to support and challenge emerging artists, providing a space to develop their unique artistic voice through the creation, craft and performance of poetry.

About Boy Blue
Award-winning dance company Boy Blue was founded in London by choreographer Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy MBE and composer Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante and is an Artistic Associate of the Barbican.

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