Internationally celebrated dance troupe BalletBoyz bring an innovative double bill Them/Us to Storyhouse next month as part of a new UK tour following its London premiere.
A co-production with the world-famous Sadler’s Wells, Them/Us is also a collaboration from the company’s own critically acclaimed dancers and the Olivier Award-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon.
BalletBoyz brings Them/Us to Storyhouse on Thursday 4 April 2019 for one performance only at 7.30pm. Tickets are on sale now.
BalletBoyz, who previously visited Storyhouse in October 2017, are known worldwide for their ground-breaking live performances, films, and TV appearances.
The new productions are both set to original scores by world-class composers and asks where we see ourselves in relation to the “other”.
Marking a first for BalletBoyz, Them is the work of the company’s very own in-house talent, and set to a score by emerging composer Charlotte Harding.
Charlotte Harding recently composed for Craig Revel Horwood’s The Indicator Line in BalletBoyz’s Fourteen Days. She graduated from London’s Royal College of Music with a first-class honours degree and won the prestigious Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother Rosebowl, presented by HRH Prince Charles.
Charlotte is passionate about the role music can play in both health and education. She is also an accompanist with BalletBoyz, working for the Parkinson’s CAN Dance classes. Charlotte has also been involved in leading and assisting educational workshops for BBC Symphony Orchestra and Teenage Cancer Trust.
Us is inspired by the Christopher Wheeldon duet which featured in the company’s last show, Fourteen Days. With an extended score by cult singer/songwriter, Keaton Henson, Wheeldon develops this new work which explores the possibilities of before, during and after.
Christopher Wheeldon is a British choreographer who trained at The Royal Ballet School and danced with the company between 1991 and 1993. With the New York City Ballet he performed as a soloist and became the company’s first ever artist in residence and first resident choreographer.
Christopher has created productions for all the world’s major ballet companies, and in 2007 he founded Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company and became the first British choreographer to create a new work for the Bolshoi Ballet. His awards include the Tony Award for Best Choreography for An American in Paris, and he was made an OBE in 2016. Christopher has worked with BalletBoyz on numerous occasions in the past, including Mesmerics.
Christopher Wheeldon, choreographer for Us, commented: “I’m relishing the opportunity to work with BalletBoyz again to create a new work that expands on my previous work with the company, Us. It’s a pleasure to be working with Keaton Henson once again after his music for Us inspired me to investigate a new style of movement.”
Keaton Henson is an English folk rock musician, visual artist and poet from London. Henson has released six studio albums. His music video for Charon was shortlisted for a UK MVA award in Best Budget Indie/Rock Category. Small Hands won Best Music Video at the Rushes Soho Shorts Film Festival in 2012. In November 2012, Henson designed a T-shirt for the Yellow Bird Project to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Henson also composed the score for the multiple Award-nominated film Young Men by BalletBoyz and BBC2.
The current BalletBoyz company includes Sean Flanagan, Benjamin Knapper, Harry Price, Liam Riddick, Matthew Sandiford, and Bradley Waller.
Tickets are on sale now and range in price from £16.50 to £25.50 (each ticket is subject to a £1.50 booking fee).
Storyhouse has a dynamic pricing policy on the majority of shows, ensuring the earlier you book your tickets, guarantees the best seats at the lowest price.
The online version of the Storyhouse spring season 2019 brochure can be viewed by visiting https://issuu.com/storyhouselive/docs/storyhouse_spring_19