East London Dance presents work by Jade Hackett in collaboration with Poet in the City and Kinetika Bloco as part of a celebration of the life and work of Langston Hughes.
The epicentre of Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes’ rhythmic, urgent poetry empowered a generation of new writers, with an aftershock that still reverberates today. His work was full of music and dance, and described the Black American experience over decades. Characterised by narratives of empowerment and a belief in humanity, he celebrated Black identity in a unique and powerful way.
Produced by Poet in the City this exploration of Hughes’ life and artistic potency, will remember this remarkable voice through music from brass and wood wind ensemble Kinetika Bloco, dance by Jade Hackett and poetry performed by poet Kayo Chingonyi , creating a celebration worthy of a cultural king.
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Jade Hackett creates thought-provoking and politically relevant dance work aiming to push the boundaries of Hip Hop dance theatre whilst addressing key issues that relate to black diaspora. Jade strives to give the black community a strong voice within the arts.
Kinetika Bloco is a performance group with an exuberant mix of young brass and woodwind players, drummers, steel pan and dynamic dancers all in costume. They draw influences from the Caribbean, Brazil, West and Southern Africa, New Orleans jazz, Funk and Hip Hop, headlining at the Roundhouse and representing the UK at Beijing Olympic Festival.
Kayo Chingonyi is a fellow of the Complete Works programme for diversity and quality in British Poetry and the author of two pamphlets, Some Bright Elegance (Salt, 2012) and The Colour of James Brown’s Scream (Akashic, 2016). His first full-length collection, Kumukanda, will be published in June 2017 with Chatto & Windus.
Poet in the City promotes a love of poetry to new audiences through live events, projects, commissions and participation. Programming around 50 events and performances a year, they work with leading UK and international poets, celebrated actors and experts from across the arts and wider social sectors to present poetry in a new way.
Presented by Poet in the City in collaboration with East London Dance and Kinetika Bloco.