Residency Dates: Mon 11 - Fri 22 Jan 2016
BirdGang Dance Company was founded in 2005 and is led by a team of four Artistic Directors; Ivan Blackstock, Simeon Qsyea, Kendra J Horsburg and Ukweli Roach. BirdGang are recognised for a unique style of hip hop dance theatre that challenges stereotypes and explores the political and social contexts of modern society. In June 2015 BirdGang were announced as the first dance company to be made Associate Company at The Young Vic.
During their residency, BirdGang developed the themes and theatrical story-telling devices in Ivan Blackstock’s A Harlem Dream (2014). The company worked on the dramaturgy and direction with theatre professionals to develop the non-verbal story-telling language as well as structure and direction. A Harlem Dream was a Dance Umbrella / Young Vic co-production and a Dance Umbrella commission. BirdGang are restaging it in 2016.
This residency is supported by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
Image: BirdGang Dance Company, A Harlem Dream, photo by Chris Nash