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Boy Blue

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A new show from the Olivier Award-winning hip hop dance theatre company, 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 show, which premieres here.Founded by Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante and Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy MBE, the company – a Barbican Artistic Associate – earned another Olivier Award nomination last time out for Blak Whyte Gray, which wowed audiences from New York to Taiwan.

Duration: Approximately 75 mins with no interval 
Age guidance: 12+ (contains dark themes)

Post-show talk, Tue 1 Oct
Free to same-day ticket holders

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. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England. With thanks to BA (Hons) Dance: Urban Practice programme – University of East London.


‘Exceptionally tight … a powerful piece of hip-hop theatre‘
New York Times on Blak Whyte Gray
‘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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