ZooNation Dance Company presents Into the Hoods: Remixed, the new revamped version of the award-winning production at the Peacock Theatre before embarking on a national tour in 2016.
The ZooNation Dance Company use a narrative hip hop dance theatre style to tell the story of two school children, lost in the ‘Ruff Endz Estate’. The audience follow the children, who have been tasked by the Landlord to find an iPod touch as white as milk, trainers as pure as gold, a hoodie as red as blood and some weave as yellow as corn. Along the way, they meet DJ Spinderella, wannabe singer Lil Red, vivacious rapper Rap On Zel, budding music producer Jaxx and embark upon a storybook adventure,
The original Into The Hoods had a West End run in 2008, winning a What’s On Stage Award for Best Ensemble Performance and a Olivier nomination for Best Theatre Choreography. Its success was an important profile of hip hop dance in the UK; the production became the first ever hip hop dance show to open in the West End and subsequently became one of the longest running dance shows in the West End’s history. The highly popular show returns to the stage with all the wit and charm of the original, but updated with new designs, new costumes, and a remixed soundtrack.
Into The Hoods: Remixed features music from James Brown, Queen Latifah, Jay Z, Jennifer Hudson, Kool + The Gang, Salt n Pepa, Chemical Brothers, Kano, MC Hammer and new original work from Danilo ‘DJ’ Walde (Some Like it Hip Hop, The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party). The newly revamped show is once again directed and written by Kate Prince and features a creative team with musical direction by Danilo ‘DJ’ Walde, set design by Ben Stones, video design by Andrzej Goulding, costume design by Ben Stones and Russell Royer and lighting design by Andy Murrell. The production also features Carrie-Anne Ingrouille as associate director, Rowen Hawkins as associate choreographer. The full choreographic team includes Rowen Hawkins, Kendra Horsburgh, Carrie-Anne Ingrouille, Rhimes LeCointe, Shaun Niles, Kate Prince, Kenrick Sandy, and Mikey Ureta.
Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Kate Prince founded ZooNation Dance Company in 2002 and has been involved in a large number of high profile productions including choreographing the West End cast of Into the Hoods for a special performance for Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday Concert in Hyde Park. In 2011 she wrote, directed and co-choreographed ZooNation’s production Some Like it Hip Hop which enjoyed a critically successful sell-out run, she was lead choreographer for the Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Handover Ceremonies in 2008 and choreographed a special performance at the Laurence Olivier Awards 2011 to music from West Side Story played by the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
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Into the Hoods: Remixed
Friday 23 October – Saturday 14 November 2015
Performances: Tue – Sat at 7.30pm, Sat at 2.30pm & Sun at 2pm & 6pm
Tickets: £15 – £38 (Under 16s half price)
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