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Hip hop meets Longsword

Posted on August 21, 2012

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the lock in 6This autumn, The Demon Barbers set hip hop against folk dance in the new show The Lock In, which shows a dance stand-off in an English pub. Sword dances are performed with snooker cues, pub bouncers dance the Morris and b-boys flirt with clog girls.


The Lock In was devised by folk musician Damien Barber, with choreography by hip hop and contemporary dance specialist Bobak Walker, who also appears in the show. “The response has been phenomenal from both folkies and street dance fans,” Barber said. “All our dancers have also taken the opportunity to learn from each other and have been amazed by the similarities and shared experiences they found in the two – seemingly very different – dance styles.”


The tour opens on October 12 at Carriageworks in Leeds, and continues into the new year. See for details.


Photograph: Alan Cole, Music Festival Photos


Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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