Avant Garde Dance’s adaptation of Romeo and Juliet is an immersive hip hop theatre piece that moves across a number of indoor and outdoor locations. The show has dance and musicality at its heart, but is rooted as a theatre production based on Shakespeare’s tragic love story. Tony Adigun’s ground breaking choreography and direction combines with Shakespeare’s text, adapted by spoken word artist and theatre maker Maxwell Golden, to create a stunning production that immerses the audience in a modern take of the play that literally uses the cityscape as the stage.
The show begins in The Crown Public House and then moves to a number of contrasting locations in Blackfriars, a fascinating backwater in central London that is set to be transformed by the developers that are supporting this production.
Audience members are issued with wireless headphones, allowing them to move with the promenade adventure, totally immersed in the piece and at the same time isolated from the world around them. Performers use in ear monitoring and headset microphones. This enables this culturally and artistically diverse production to be mobile.
Artistic Director: Tony Adigun
Assistant Director and Dramaturgy: Maxwell Golden
Performers: Le Mel Clark, Ashley Ford, Maxwell Golden, Jacob Holme, Chloe Jones, Aaron Nuthall, Katie Neal, Ricardo Da Silva, Ashton Sands, Mo’Sean, Dwain White, Connor Williams, Chaldon Williams.
Costume: Bettina John
Music Arrangement: Tony Adigun and Dan Beats
Production Management: Aidan Lesser
Stage Management: Megan Williams and Seb Cannings
Company Manager: Lisa Hood
Creative Producer: Julian Rudd
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June 5, 2021