UCHENNA ARE BACK!
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Following on from the 2017 sell out of street dance show The Head Wrap Diaries, Uchenna Dance are back at Newhampton Arts Centre with a contemporary take on a classic fairy tale, Hansel & Gretel will be the company’s first ever family show and the anticipation is high!
Told from the children’s perspective, two young heroes brave a big journey and find themselves lost in the city, overwhelmed by the sights, sounds and smells. Separated from their kind guardian, the clever duo must use their smarts and determination to outwit the adults and find a way for their little modern family to stay together.
Director and choreographer Vicki Igbokwe puts her unique Uchenna Dance twist on the much-loved story, weaving dance styles House, Waacking and Vogue, with African and Contemporary Dance. “Hansel & Gretel is a story I read a lot as a child and for me, it was always about how brave Hansel & Gretel are, how tenacious, courageous and resourceful. In our version, they use their imagination to help them get out of tricky situations. I really wanted to create a show that celebrates and empowers young people to be brave and think on their feet.”
Instead of breadcrumbs, they follow the London landmarks and the evil witch is a helpful – or maybe not so helpful? – stranger in a show that celebrates the boundless imagination of children with vivacious dancing and colourful costumes. The stage will be transformed into a mobile, ever-changing urban playground coming to life for this show that will leave the audience grooving in their seat!
Hansel & Gretel takes place at Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton on 1st February 2019 at 7.30pm. This is a show that will appeal to all ages from 5 to 85. Tickets are priced at adult £7, child £5 or a family ticket for just £20 (two adults and two children) on sale now from www.ticketsource.co.uk/newhamptonartscentre.
What the press have said about Uchenna’s Hansel & Gretel
“Many festive kids shows are billed as a celebration of the imagination, but few will get their young audience waacking and voguing like this”
–Chris Wiegand, Stage editor, The GUARDIAN.