The Spalding Suite. Getty Images. Design by Inua Ellams
‘When we were young, we worshipped stars.
The Spalding Suite
Conceived by Inua Ellams
Directed by Benji Reid
Commissioned by Southbank Centre & Contact
Gleaming long-limbed gods
framed in the act of impossible flight,
For a time we tried to follow,
to carve out our own piece of sky
with a butter-smooth arc of an arm
and a Spalding ball glued to the fingertips’
Combining original poetry with contemporary movement, The Spalding Suite is a new physical theatre show that celebrates the elegance and beauty of basketball. Seen from a British perspective, The Spalding Suite gets to the heart and soul of the gravity-defying game and delves into the hopes and dreams of those who play it, and the friendship and camaraderie behind the sport.
Six dynamic performers will mix live beatboxing, music, hip-hop, basketball inspired movement and poetry, taking us from the fleeting high of the score and the robust camaraderie of the team, to the poignant lows of a body too worn to play the game.
Conceived by spoken word artist and theatre-maker Inua Ellams, The Spalding Suite will contain poetry by Nick Makoha, Nii Parkes, Bohdan Piasecki, Roger Robinson and Jacob Sam-La Rose, and will be directed by award-winning director Benji Reid.
Designed by Ti Green and music by Eric Lau, with vocal sound design and beatboxing by Jason Singh. Lighting by Benji Reid and Lee Grey.
The Spalding Suite is commissioned by Southbank Centre and Contact and produced by Fuel and funded by Arts Council England and a Wellcome Trust Arts Award.
2015 UK TOUR LISTINGS:
23 – 25 April
Oxford Rd, Manchester, Lancashire M15 6JA
Box Office: 0161 274 0600
29 April – 2 May
Southbank Centre, London
Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX
Box Office: 0844 875 0073
Hip Hop Dance Summit, Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth
Westover Road, Bournemouth BH1 2BU
Box Office: 01202 203630
Dovecot Street, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 1LL
Box Office: 01642 525199
14 – 16 May
Dance Xchange, Birmingham
Birmingham Hippodrome, Thorp Street, Birmingham B5 4TB
Box Office: 0844 338 5000
29 - 30 May
Dance East, Ipswich
Jerwood Dance House, Foundry Lane, Ipswich, Suffolk IP4 1DW
Box Office: 01473 295230
2 – 6 June
5-11 Hope Street, Liverpool, L1 9BH
Box Office: 0151 709 4776