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Pierre Rigal: Standards review at Southbank Centre, London

Pierre Rigal: Standards review at Southbank Centre, London

Tweet Fighting against conformity and breaking free from the system: Pierre Rigal – Standards is the latest piece of work at the Southbank Centre, London, painting a political picture of conformist French society. Consisting of eight of France’s top dancers and theatre makers Pierre Rigal is a company familiar with putting on productions as profound as they are boundary pushing. With an hour-long performance at Breakin’ Convention 2011 their work is not for the impatient. Experts at creating … Read entire article »

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Step Up 4 review: Miami Heat isn’t the revolution we’re looking for

Step Up 4 review: Miami Heat isn’t the revolution we’re looking for

Tweet Do too many cooks spoil the broth? Step Up 4: Miami Heat (aka Step Up: Revolution) has an incredible six executive producers to its name making you wonder if the franchise is becoming a little over inflated (a flashmob of execs?) as it moves forward. Re-imagining the street dance movie and removing the battle element, Step Up 4 has moved out of the ‘hood (previous Step Ups have been set in Baltimore and New York) and … Read entire article »

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Hip Hop On Trial debates at the Barbican – old school nostalgia opposed by commercial rap’s image

Hip Hop On Trial debates at the Barbican – old school nostalgia opposed by commercial rap’s image

Tweet Hip Hop On Trial? Who dragged hip hop into the courtroom under false pretences when it should have been its rebellious cousin, commercial rap, that should have been cross examined? Watch the entire Hip Hop On Trial debate below – panel line up is listed at the bottom of this article Hip Hop On Trial at Barbican Centre was one of, if not the only time that so many esteemed (that’s debatable) faces from hip hop culture … Read entire article »

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Breakin’ Convention 2012 review (Sadler’s Wells Theatre)

Breakin’ Convention 2012 review (Sadler’s Wells Theatre)

Tweet Breakin’ Convention, the international festival of hip hop dance theatre, took place at Sadler’s Wells Theatre this bank holiday weekend with headliners Vagabond Crew and Clash 66 and a host of leading UK and international dance companies. Opening its doors to a sold out audience Breakin’ Convention affirmed itself as a true festival of hip hop with a plethora of foyer activities meaning that everyone had something to do and a reason to get involved in … Read entire article »

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Miss Fortune: The Breakdancing Opera with Soul Mavericks at the Royal Opera House

Miss Fortune: The Breakdancing Opera with Soul Mavericks at the Royal Opera House

Tweet The people that work in high arts are a funny bunch: Every so often someone will create something that they believe the general population, their intended audience as they seek to reach out to transform into regular arts-goers, can’t fathom why they even bothered: Miss Fortune, the first opera to incorporate b-boying (breakdancing) in an opera production at the Royal Opera House falls into that category. The story of the titular Miss Fortune is about a … Read entire article »

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Street Dance 2 review – A sequel of salsa and street dancing

Street Dance 2 review – A sequel of salsa and street dancing

Tweet Street Dance 2 3D has a lot to live up to. Its predecessor Streetdance 3D took the box office by storm in 2010, making the most of the popularity of George Sampson, Flawless and Diversity after their recent television successes. Street Dance 2, the sequel, is back with Sampson and Flawless, but no Diversity, and a fresh cast comprised of some of the world’s top street dancers. All Street Dance and Too Much Flavour have been … Read entire article »

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Street Dance 3D review – the reprise

Street Dance 3D review – the reprise

Tweet It’s incredible that it’s now been almost two years since Street Dance 3D was released in cinemas. With George Sampson, Flawless and Diversity as headline acts fresh off Britain’s Got Talent it’s also been two years since attitudes changed towards dance acts taking the quick route to fame on TV talent programmes – because these days everyone does it. Back then Too Much Flavour also had a different editorial attitude towards street dance as the current … Read entire article »

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Michael Winslow Man of 10,000 Voices at New Red Lion Theatre (Edinburgh Festival Fringe Warm Up)

Michael Winslow Man of 10,000 Voices at New Red Lion Theatre (Edinburgh Festival Fringe Warm Up)

Tweet In a discretely publicised warm up for Edinburgh Festival Fringe at the New Red Lion Theatre in Angel, London, an eighties movie icon with a microphone produced some of the most incredible sounds a human voicebox can make proving what you saw on the big screen wasn’t manipulated. Michael Winslow, for anyone that doesn’t know, is the godfather of human beatboxing and vocal sound effects. Probably better known to you[r parents] as Seargent Motormouth from the Police … Read entire article »

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Boy Blue Entertainment BBE Touch at the Barbican review

Boy Blue Entertainment BBE Touch at the Barbican review

Tweet Set in the Barbican’s Pit studio using a cabaret style to break down the invisible ‘fourth wall’ of theatre, Boy Blue Entertainment founders Mikey J and Kenrick Sandy were so close you could almost touch them… “I do the dancing and he does the music” has been the same introduction Boy Blue founders Mikey J Asante and Kenrick Sandy have used to describe themselves to people in the briefest possible way. Whether their fault or the … Read entire article »

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Breakin’ Convention 2011 review at Sadler’s Wells

Breakin’ Convention 2011 review at Sadler’s Wells

Tweet The international festival of Hip Hop Theatre is back at resident venue Sadler’s Wells for the 8th year and goes from strength to strength. It never fails to challenge, thrill and inspire with a mix of crowd pleasing spectacle and boundary breaking experimentation. In 2010 some pieces were profoundly challenging for an audience that had come just after the heady delights of So You Think You Can Dance, Got To Dance, Streetdance 3D and a whole … Read entire article »

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