Boy Blue Ent: Legacy - review
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Theatre Royal Stratford East

Published: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 8:40 AM | Review by: Uchenna Izundu |
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Boy Blue's 14 year legacy demonstrates a mixture of humourous, menacing, entertaining and sexy attitudes that convey multiple influences.


Building a passionate fan base with the wild and intense hip hop dance production of Pied Piper, Boy Blue Entertainment (BBE) has brought a grittiness and raw expression of hip hop through its talented dancers - scooping awards along the way.


Theatre Royal Stratford East hosted BBE in 2004 with The Book of Koraka and the company returned in 2006 with Pied Piper which subsequently won an Olivier and transferred to the Barbican and a national tour. Winning critical acclaim, the dance crew is noted for raw performances accompanied by a thumping base from composer Michael 'Mikey J' Asante who draws upon Afro House and electric twang to make the audience feel there is nowhere to escape: full attention at all times, please!

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Boy Blue's 14 year legacy demonstrates a mixture of humourous, menacing, entertaining and sexy attitudes that convey multiple influences - from krump, hip hop, martial arts, and salsa that often culminates in a distinctive body popping, octupussy motion of the arms and hands. One of the reoccurring themes within the pieces is that of control: whether it's the dancers controlling each other or their environment, there always seem to be the underlying question of how does one define myself? Short and powerful self-contained performances create the effect of fast forwarding through an action film. The momentum does not waiver whether there are solo artists, pairs, or group acts.


What I've always enjoyed about BBE is that female dancers are not sidekicks: choreographer Kenrick 'H20' Sandy gives them prominent roles, which are some of the more memorable performances. In one piece, they are thrown to explore Outer Space and in others go toe to toe with Kenrick in mimicking or challenging his movements. Returning to its roots in east London, BBE: Legacy displays a coiled, sharp vigour that undoubtedly whets our appetite for whatever the forthcoming sequel will be.

What I've always enjoyed about BBE is that female dancers are not sidekicks: choreographer Kenrick 'H20' Sandy gives them prominent roles.







Info: Boy Blue Ent: Legacy was at Theatre Royal Stratford East from 15-18 April 2015.




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Pied Piper - a hip hop dance revolution




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