Inspired by UK basketball culture, The Spalding Suite examines the British response to a very American game and explores how its urban legends have crossed the ocean to intersect the dreams and aspirations of players here. This new dance-theatre show features beat-boxer Jason Singh alongside five male dancers who all have previous experience playing basketball. The performers incorporate choreographed basketball moves with spoken word poetry, music and elements of hip-hop. Conceived by Inua Ellams and directed by Benji Reid, the performance will animate poetry by Inua Ellams, Bohdan Piasecki, Jacob Sam-La Rose, Roger Robinson, Nick Makoha and Nii Parkes. Produced by Fuel, The Spalding Suite has been commissioned by Southbank Centre and Contact and has been funded by Arts Council England and a Wellcome Trust Arts Award.
The Spalding Suite will go on a UK tour following the world premiere at Southbank Centre.