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 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.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.
Into the Hoods : Remixed is an urban fairy tale about two school children who get lost in the ‘Ruff Endz Estate’ and to find their way home they are instructed by the sinister 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. The action takes place in front of an animated backdrop which features the narration of the story with a varied soundtrack. Throughout the first half we are introduced to number of characters including DJ Spinderella, wannabe singer Lil Red, rapper Rap On Zel, budding music producer Jaxx, wannabe celebrity Prince, Fairy Gee and the unsavoury Wolf.
Duwane Taylor photo by Hugo Glendinning
The action comes thick and fast with high energy dancing, comedy and music which features the likes of James Brown, Queen Latifah, Jay Z, Jennifer Hudson, Kool + The Gang, Salt n Pepa, Chemical Brothers, MC Hammer with some original music from Danilo ‘DJ’ Walde. Although centred around hip hop dance, a number of different styles are used to carry along the story at a breakneck pace. Even a visit to a residential home to visit Grandma at the end of the first half ends up with a knees up of a very different kind.
In the second half, the pace slackens a fraction to allow the relationships between some of the characters to develop and to carry out some imaginative dance routines including one that involves slow motion, mid-air fighting. Although there is a happy ending, many of the characters have learned valuable life lessons about a number of issues.
This revamped show is once again directed and written by Kate Prince who manages to bring together a wide range of very talented individuals to create a special show that will delight audiences of all ages. The interplay between the visual, dance and music takes the show onto another level and the imaginative set pieces which balance pathos and comedy create a show which is truly original. All the members of the cast and the creative team bring something to the production, there is a number of ZooNation members from the original show but some of the new generation including Natasha Gooden, Corey Culverwell, Lucinda Wessels, Annie Edwards and Daryl Baker deserve a special mention. Into the Hoods : Remixed has all the elements to repeat the remarkable success of the original show, in this particular performance the audience showed enthusiastic appreciation throughout the show and gave a well deserved standing ovation at the end.
Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended
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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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