Ipswich: Boy Blue light up DanceEast dance floor this Christmas
I’m as urban as a leafy cul-de-sac, the closest I’ve come to being street is watching all four Step Up films; but that didn’t stop me enjoying unstoppable hip hop sensation BBE: Legacy The Return.
Swapping this year’s London Olympics for Ipswich’s Jerwood DanceHouse; Boy Blue Entertainment are back for some Christmas yo yo yo - see, told you I was uncool.
Led by co-artistic director and main choreographer Kenrick “H2O” Sandy and co-artistic director and music composer Michael “Mikey J” Asante, BBE are an Olivier Award-winning hip hop dance theatre company from London, which continues to develop and inspire hip hop dancers from grass roots to seasoned professionals.
It’s been a great year. They’ve just toured Hong Kong and San Francisco as well as choreographing, staging and performing at the 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony for the Thanks Tim segment alongside Danny Boyle, as well as choreographing and composing the sound score to 2013’s Brit flick All Stars from Vertigo Films.
Featuring an almost entirely new cast - “we’re trying to not only push our collective of dancers but continously change the format of Legacy,” Kenrick tells me - the new 17-segment show includes some old favourites plus some new moves; including three world premieres created for DanceEast. All set to a blistering soundtrack.
The performance features breaking, popping, hip hop freestyle, isolation work and static style.
“I’m happy to be back in Ipswich; it’s nice to maintain that relationship with outside of London theatres.
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“This show helps you to understand a variety of different styles of hip hop and street dance. We play with the convention, we don’t stick to straight, traditional, hip hop and street dance. For young people interested in dance or who love movement, performance, theatre, come and be inspired. There’s levels of how we educate, for example the crump section.
“At first I didn’t like crump, I thought this is rubbish, I said let me open my mind to it, now it’s one of my favourite styles.”
The show I saw was an energetic, fluid, humorous hour plus with not a Christmas hat or carol in sight. The syncopation and musicality were clearly on point; drawing whoops, whistles, cheers and claps from the audience.
If you’re a dance fan or looking for something different this Christmas this is the show to see.
BBE: Legacy The Return runs at Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich, to December 23.