Exciting new dance show at the Queen's combines traditional folk with hip hop
SOME of the UK's oldest forms of dance are brought bang up to date as they collide with some of the youngest in an exciting new dance extravaganza.
The show, the brainchild of award-winning folk band The Demon Barbers, sees a group of street dancers arrive at an apparently deserted pub. Local rumour has it that The Fighting Cocks is the place to be after hours but, as the regulars arrive, a clash of cultures turns into a dance floor stand-off.
The skill, speed and athleticism of the dancers on both sides soon wins the others over as the old and new are brought together in an exciting and dynamic dance-off. Sword dances are performed with snooker-cues, pub bouncers dance the Morris and B-boys flirt with clog girls.
Meanwhile, house band, The Demon Barbers, takes English folk music on a new journey with hip hop, house, funk and ska with burlesque and drum and bass along the way.
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The Lock In promises to do for English folk dance what Riverdance did for Irish dance and Diversity did for street dance, bringing some lesser known forms of dance into the mainstream. Fast-paced and innovative, the show brings together some of the UK's top clog, sword and Morris dancers with their counterparts from the worlds of B-boying, popping and krumping.
Choreography is by hip hop and contemporary dance specialist Bobak Walker, who also appears in the production. The show is devised and produced by artistic director Damien Barber who is best known for his work with electric folk band, The Demon Barbers.
"I've always seen folk music and dance as an incredibly modern and vibrant living tradition and wanted to find a way to bring that vision to the widest possible audience," said Damien. "The Lock In is the result of several years of artistic collaborations and development and I'm extremely excited that it's finally touring."
Apparently the response has been phenomenal from both folkies and street dance fans.
"All our dancers have also taken the opportunity to learn from each other and have been amazed by the similarities and shared experiences they found in the two – seemingly very different – dance styles."
There will be support from Maz O'Connor, a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2009 and one of the most promising voices to emerge on to the folk scene in recent years.
The Lock In is at Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe on Saturday, February 23. Tickets: £17.50 (adult), £16 (concession), £15 (members), £11 (student, young people). Box office: 01271 324242 or visit www.north devontheatres.org.uk