Sunday 13 February 2011

Some Like it Hip Hop


I will be back at the New Ashgate Gallery in the summer, am looking forward to displaying a range of fun for the sumer purses. 

Several of Betty's Revenge designs are influenced by dance. An obligatory date in my calendar each year is the Sampled weekend in late January at Sadlers Wells. I have accrued a die-hard posse who accompany me each year.  'Sampled' is a night of samples from the forthcoming season for a very affordable price. The entire venue is also given over to fringe performances and interactive classes/visuals.  This year the Balletboyz stood out for me, beautiful contemporary dance from 'Alpha'  by Paul Roberts that allows you to switch off and enjoy the fluid movement, the warm brown satin fabrics worn were also very pleasing on the eye. 

The duet choreographed by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui allowed you to see just how many muscles these dancers use and the flexibility was amazing, almost unnerving!

Into the Hoods is one of my favourite performances. I saw it at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival a few years ago and again at Sadlers Wells. It's a hip hop take on Stephen Sondheim's musical 'Into the Woods'.  At Sampled, Zoo Nation performed an exclusive excerpt from their new show 'Some Like it Hip Hop'.   Geeky boys doing some serious popping, cheeky girls with attitude and fab singing plus some serious wit running through it. Oh and lovely outfit designs and colours, my favourites were the yellow tartan skirt and the ensemble of burnt orange chiffon blouse with purple leggings). So the cheap dose of dance is thwarted yet again as I'm now going to have to see the full show.

I would love to see a dance choreographed to Metallica or Faith No More next year...any takers?

Some Like it Hip Hop - Zoo Nation

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