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A Harlem Dream

20 Oct - 1 Nov 2014

By Ivan Blackstock

A Dance Umbrella / Young Vic co-production Commissioned by Dance Umbrella

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Behind the scenes

Show information

The Harlem Renaissance collides with contemporary hip hop in this daring new show from BirdGang’s Ivan Blackstock.

A timeless story of forbidden love and betrayal is told through popping, locking, lindy hopping and burlesque, featuring an eclectic score composed by Mercury Prize nominee Soweto Kinch.

Put on your dancing shoes and give the password at the back door to get inside this exclusive modern speakeasy. Dance Umbrella’s first-ever hip hop commission is for ages 16+.

Click here to see what audiences have been saying about the show so far.

"Ivan Blackstock strikes gold with this historical mashup of hip-hop and jazz choreography"
The Guardian

Dates and times

Monday - Saturday: 7.45pm and 9.30pm.
(No 9.30pm performance on 20 Oct) 

Running time: 50 minutes. 


£10, £19.50
Previews (20 - 22 Oct): £10


Click here to find out more about the Young Vic's seating policy, and about what to expect when you arrive at the Young Vic.

Food & drink

The Cut Bar & Restaurant at the Young Vic serves an inspired mix of classic and original play-themed dishes create an exciting menu from fresh, free-range and organic ingredients. 

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In the press

London Dance meet Ivan Blackstock to discuss hip-hop dance, black history and A Harlem Dream

A Harlem Dream listed as one of the best shows at the London festival of dance - Evening Standard

Choreography and Direction
Ivan Blackstock for BirdGang Dance Company
Associate director and additional text Ukweli Roach
Music and Sound design 
Soweto Kinch
Dramaturg and additional text Rob Hayes
Design Joanna Scotcher
Costume Design Ryan Chappell
Light Adam Carrée

Darren Charles 
Ivan Blackstock 
Robia Milliner Brown 
Jared Garfield 
Chaldon Williams 
Chris Arias 
Rhea Thompson-Williams 
L'atisse Rhoden 
Kiél Ewen 
Shannelle Fergus

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