ZooNation Youth Company brings the World Premiere of their energetic new dance piece Tales of the Turntable to Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall from 15 - 26 August.
Written by Olivier Award nominated Carrie-Anne Ingrouille (choreographer for Six the Musical and resident choreographer on Hamilton), and featuring some of the best young hip-hop dancers in the UK, this new Southbank Centre commission takes audiences through the early origins of hip-hop, funk and soul through to disco, house and rap with music mixed by DJ Walde.
Inspired by moments from Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Back to the Future, the show sees budding young DJ Eric and his grandfather George wind back the clock through George’s gramophone only to find out they have more in common than they once thought.
ZooNation Youth Company (Associate Company)
ZooNation Youth Company (ZYC) was founded in 2006 and is comprised of some of the best young hip-hoppers in the UK with dancers from all over London and from as far as Liverpool, Stoke, Southampton, Wolverhampton and Brighton. As well as performing as part of the cast of West End show Into the Hoods: Remixed, ZYC has performed in the Channel 4/BAFTA short film The Holloway Laundrette (Channel 4/BAFTA/Big Dance), Breakin’ Convention, Move Like Michael Jackson (BBC), Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday Celebrations (worldwide broadcast) and BBC’s Blue Peter to name but a few. The company were incredibly honoured to be invited to perform for the International Olympics Committee at the Royal Opera House (heads of state, opening ceremony, London Olympics 2012). ZYC performed ZooNation’s Groove On Down The Road at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre in the Summer of 2013 and 2014, they have performed as guest performers at the Dance Proms, at the Royal Albert Hall and at Fresh at The Place. In the last year alone, members of the company have performed at Southbank Centre, Royal Festival Hall stage, Move It at Excel, The Old Vic Summer Party, Kensington Roof Gardens, Leicester Curve, The Marlowe Theatre and The London New Year's Day Parade.