If you think dance at Sadler’s Wells means earnest Guardian readers filing in to marvel at Pina Bausch or an evening stifling yawns behind the program while you try to focus on two men in tights interpretating angst on a bare stage, then ZooNation Dance Company’s Some Like It Hip Hop will change your mind.

With a passing nod to Billy Wilder’s film and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, it tells a comical tale of love, mistaken identity, cross-dressing and revolution; all played out in ZooNation’s trademark style of hip hop, comedy and physical theatre. Directed by Kate Prince, Some Like It Hip Hop features original music by Josh Cohen and DJ Walde. It was one of the most successful new shows to hit the West End last year, wowing audiences and prompting five star reviews and standing ovations with its infectious wit, heart and relentless energy. Following in the footsteps of the company’s 2006 smash hit Into the Hoods, Some Like It Hip Hop unites sensational dancing with a clever and engrossing storyline.

The set is amazing and I loved the costumes, somehow mixing 40’s, 50’s and 80’s fashion, yet making it look wholly coherent and on-trend. The performers are just on point throughout, effortlessly dancing, acting and singing, it was quite humbling to watch. If I had to single anyone out, it would be Teneisha Bonner, her sheer physicality and acting abilities are simply beautiful, she’s clearly a natural-born comic who you could watch forever. Tommy Franzén is brilliant as well, effortlessly comedic and a gifted dancer.

The show returns to the Peacock Theatre for a limited run till the 13th October 2012 ahead of a UK tour. I beg you to see it, it’s making me smile just thinking about how great it was.

ZooNation’s Some Like It Hip Hop
Peacock Theatre
Portugal Street
London WC2
Till Sat 13 October 2012
Evenings 19:30, matinees 14:30 and 16:00
Box office: 0844 412 4322

Words by Anna Bang


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