News: New Artistic Associates for the Barbican

Friday 27 November 2009

The Barbican has announced a major new partnership with Boy Blue Entertainment who become Artistic Associates for the next three years.

Louise Jeffreys, Head of Theatre and Special Projects at the Barbican said: “We are delighted that Boy Blue has accepted our invitation to join our family of Artistic Associates. This last year has been an incredibly fertile time for the company and we look forward to helping it reach its full potential. We are grateful for the support of our long-standing collaborators and friends at Theatre Royal Stratford East who first produced Boy Blue’s Pied Piper in 2006.”

Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy, choreographer and co-founder of Boy Blue said: “We are thrilled that the Barbican has asked us to become an Artistic Associate – we said yes without hesitation! We recognise the significance of this partnership because not only will it help us make our future plans a reality, its guidance will help us become the most innovative, amazing hip-hop company on the planet”

Boy Blue Entertainment perform Pied Piper, a contemporary, hip-hop street dance interpretation of Robert Browning‘s poem The Pied Piper of Hamelin, at the Barbican for a four-week run over Christmas. The production was originally produced and performed at Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Boy Blue Entertainment have also been visiting London’s schools to hunt down some potential poppers and breakers for their Christmas show. Read more

Future projects at the Barbican include Dark Blue _ – _ the world premiere and barbicanbite10 co-production of a new piece in the Barbican Theatre in July 2010, and performances at the 2010 Shoreditch Festival in Shoreditch Park as part of barbicanbite10, among others. The company is currently undertaking a period of research and development to create a hip-hop dance, kung fu fusion for the Barbican Theatre in bite11.

Booking details
Pied Piper – A Hip-Hop Dance Revolution, 10 December.09 – 3 January.10. Barbican Theatre. Box office: 020 7638 8891
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View Pied Piper video clip

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