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Krumping through London on Channel 4

Posted on August 5, 2011

one-man-walking-finale-point“One Man Walking” is a new dance film created for Channel 4’s Street Summer season. To be shown on Monday, August 15 at 10.30pm, the film explores the challenges of life in the city, using Krump, hip hop and parkour.

 

Some of Britain’s leading street dance talent is involved in the film. “One Man Walking” is written and co-devised by Jonzi D, the founder of Breakin’ Convention at Sadler’s Wells. It features dancer-choreographer Kenrick “H2O” Sandy and composer Michael “Mikey J” Asante, directors of Olivier award-winning street dance company Boy Blue Entertainment, plus Boy Blue dancers and parkour artist Kie Willis. The film aims for a raw, emotional use of Krumping: “You can’t krump half-hearted,” dancer Duwane Taylor explains, “you have to put your energy into it and your emotions.”

 

London is a major character in the new film. Sandy says: “We’re in London and this is one of the most expressive cities in the world. When you walk down the street, everyone is different, everyone has a chance to be themselves. “One Man Walking” is a chance to showcase what London is about. As much as it is sometimes hard to live in London, there is that revolution that pushes us through, expressing ourselves through movement and through dance, through music.”

 

The film is directed and co-devised by the award-winning Margaret Williams, whose dance films include four series of 4Dance: Dance 4 Film for Channel 4.

 

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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