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Formed in 2007, in memory of a dear friend, the dance troupe consists of eleven members from East London and the Essex area. Diversity are really one big family. They are made up of three sets of brothers: Ashley and Jordan Banjo, Ian, Jamie and Matthew McNaughton, Sam and Mitchell Craske. They are complemented by four of their best friends: Terry Smith, Ike Ezekwugo, Warren Russell and Perri Luc Kiely.
The tour will see Diversity performing exclusively choreographed routines based on their ITV special.
Inala - meaning abundance of goodwill - is a muscular and beautiful blend of South African and Western cultures in an exhilarating celebration of the rainbow nation. Choreographer Mark Baldwin unites Zulu traditions of song and dance with Western classical ballet, contemporary dance and music in one breathtaking performance. This unique collaboration brings together a stellar company including dancers from The Royal Ballet and Rambert with music performed live by Grammy Award?-winning South African choir Ladysmith Black Mambazo. In over 50 years of joyous and uplifting music-making, Ladysmith Black Mambazo's past successes include working with Paul Simon on his album Graceland, featuring the intricate rhythms and harmonies of its native South African musical traditions. Performed live by the choir and an instrumental ensemble, Inala's brand new score is a collaboration between classical composer Ella Spira and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
Jaleo Flamenco is packed with pulsating rhythms, spontaneous emotion and passionate drama! An exciting fusion of dance, song, guitar rhythms and hand clapping - sure to get everyone's feet tapping!
In a scintillating fusion of heart wrenching vocals, explosive footwork and virtuoso guitar playing, Jaleo return to Britain with their latest new stage show A Compas, brimming over with the intoxicating rhythms, palpable energy and joie de vivre which has become synonymous with the company. A Compas (in rhythm) charts an evocative musical journey through the diverse flamenco regions of Andalusia in which some of Spain's finest award-winning artists combine their talents in a mesmerising tour de force to produce a unique spectacle of universal appeal which encapsulates the very essence of flamenco.
Contemporary dance. Richard Alston, Artistic Director of The Place, the UK's leading centre for contemporary dance, is internationally recognised as one of the most influential and inspiring choreographers in British dance.
Proudly celebrating its twentieth year, Richard Alston Dance Company returns to the Playhouse with a programme showcasing Alston's superbly skilled choreography and music bursting with literary connections. Rejoice in the Lamb is danced to Britten's superb setting of Christopher Smart poetry, fuelled by both religious fervour and playful eccentricity. Proudly celebrating its twentieth year, Richard Alston Dance Company returns to the Playhouse with a programme showcasing Alston's superbly skilled choreography and music bursting with literary connections. Rejoice in the Lamb is danced to Britten's superb setting of Christopher Smart poetry, fuelled by both religious fervour and playful eccentricity. Set to Britten's masterpiece, Illuminations paints a vivid picture of the wild young genius Arthur Rimbaud. Britten and Alston combine to depict images from the turbulent life of the young poet, visionary and misfit in equal part.