Boy Blue Entertainment will become Artistic Associates at the Barbican for the next three years joining the venue's roster of Associates which includes Cheek by Jowl, Deborah Warner, Fabulous Beast and Michael Clark Company.

The announcement follows a busy period for the company including its Oliver-award winning Pied Piper, a hip-hop street dance interpretation of Robert Browning’s poem The Pied Piper of Hamelin. Originally produced by and performed at Theatre Royal Stratford East, the Barbican revived Pied Piper in March 2009 and the show returns to the Barbican Theatre for a four-week run this Christmas.  The company has also performed on Strictly Come Dancing, the first dance group of its kind to appear on the programme.

Future plans at the Barbican include Dark Blue, a new piece in the Barbican Theatre in July 2010 and a hip hop-kung fu fusion piece for 2011.

Louise Jeffreys, head of heatre and special projects at the Barbican said: “We are delighted that Boy Blue has joined our family of Artistic Associates. This last year has been an incredibly fertile time for the company and we look forward to helping it reach its full potential.”

Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy, choreographer and co-founder of Boy Blue said: “We are thrilled that the Barbican has asked us to become an Artistic Associate. The partnership will help us make our future plans a reality, and its guidance will help us become the most innovative, amazing hip-hop company on the planet!”