BalletBoyz have announced their return to live performance with the in-person London premiere of Deluxe. Fusing beautiful dance with original music in the company’s unique and unmistakable style, Deluxe will embark on a national UK tour from March to May, including London’s Sadler’s Wells from March 24-27. It is a co-production with Sadler’s Wells.
Scheduled for 2020 to celebrate the groundbreaking all-male ensemble’s 20th anniversary, the production was one of the first works to be adapted in lockdown for broadcast, premiering online and later on BBC Four. The 2022 tour will finally see Deluxe on UK stages, as originally planned.
Deluxe sees Shanghai-based dancer and choreographer Xie Xin (TAO Dance Theatre, Eastman by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui) choreograph Ripple for BalletBoyz, to an original score by composer Jiang Shaofeng. Described by the choreographer as a memory like an ocean, the piece explores movement inspired by a person’s memory and the energy these memories possess.
Recognized as the choreographer behind immersive theater pioneers Punchdrunk, Maxine Doyle will present Bradley 4:18, part two of Deluxe, to live jazz music composed especially for the piece by Cassie Kinoshi, of the award-nominated SEED Ensemble Mercury. Doyle’s piece was inspired by the poems of Kate Tempest, in particular, Pictures on a Screen and explores insomnia and modern Western masculinity.
Over the past 20 years, BalletBoyz has produced 38 original and innovative new works for the stage, won 13 international awards, including an Olivier and a national dance award, and has collaborated with 25 choreographers, ranging from the best to the most established. in the world to emerging countries. and unknown choreographers including Christopher Wheeldon, Akram Khan, Kristen McNally, Matthew Bourne and Liv Lorent to name a few. In addition to extensive stage work, the company had success on screen with its first feature film Young Men (2016) winning the Golden Prague Arts Award and the Rose d’Or in the Arts category.
BalletBoyz is a pioneering force in making dance accessible and continues to be celebrated on four continents by audiences and critics; the company has performed their work over 400 times in the UK and 13 countries around the world, with over 350,000 people having seen one of their productions in the past 20 years. Many people also attended their regular dance workshops and classes for children and adults, including specialist classes for people with learning disabilities and Parkinson’s disease, held at their studios in Kingston.
The current BalletBoyz company includes: Dan Baines; Paris Fitzpatrick; Seirian Griffiths; Ben Knapper; Luigi Nardone; Alecsander Nilsson; Dom Rocca; Kai Tomioka.
Website: www.balletboyz.com / www.sadlerswells.com