ZooNation’s Groove On Down The Road
Kate Prince and her award-winning dance company ZooNation return to Southbank Centre following their 2010 hit show Into The Hoods with the world premiere of Groove on Down the Road. The company behind Some Like It Hip Hop give their unique twist to the classic story of The Wizard of Oz, which comes to the Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of Southbank Centre’s Festival of Neighbourhood with MasterCard.
Set in a fantastical urban world, ZooNation’s Groove On Down The Road tells the story of Dorothy and her adventures with Toto, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion on their journey to Oz. The audience join Dorothy, complete with ruby sneakers, and friends in this hip-hop dance production as they follow the yellow brick road in a quest to find happiness and family.
Written and directed by Kate Prince and commissioned by Southbank Centre, the production will include music from the 1978 film The Wiz, re-mixed with current hits by DJ Walde. The Wiz starred Michael Jackson and Diana Ross, with Quincy Jones overseeing the film’s music adaptation including the tracks Ease On Down The and You Can’t Win. The film celebrates its 35th anniversary this year.
The cast of Groove On Down The Road is made up of young dancers from across the UK, all under the age of 19, showcasing the exceptional talent of ZooNation’s next generation of dancers. The role of Dorothy will be shared by two 11-year old dancers, Arizona Snow and Portia Oti.
Dorothy - Arizona Snow and Portia Oti
Toto – Michael McNeish
Scarecrow – Jaih Betote Diptio
Tin Man – Michael Ureta
Lion – Corey Culverwell
Wicked Witch of the West – Annie Edwards
Written and Directed by Kate Prince
Info: ZooNation’s Groove On Down The Road is part of Southbank Centre’s Festival of Neighbourhood with MasterCard. 10 August – 1 September 2013, Queen Elizabeth Hall | www.southbankcentre.co.uk