Legends Of The Underground - December 2007





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LastPerformance Dec8th 2007 North London -
Bernie Grant Centre
Legends of the Underground is an out of this world theatrical experience conceptualised by an A-list collaborative team featuring the best of Europe's dancers, music producers and Hollywood's best concept designers.

In an eclectic blend of artforms including music, 3D animation (3D glasses included) and dance, this production is narrated by actor Colin Salmon and fuses jazz dance with classical ballet, b-boying, popping and locking.

If that isn't enough to tempt you, you have the added treat of a live performance by Legends of the Underground collective with music drawn and inspired from soundtrack. It also includes, live string accompaniment orchestrated by composer Dave Punshon.

Directed and choreographed by former IDJ jazz dancer Gary Nurse, this production also includes the work of George Hull (Matrix), Aaron Sims (Terminator), Akwasi Mensah, Bugz in the Attic, Dego (4Hero), Domu, Vanessa Freeman, Mark De Clive Lowe and Bembe Segue.

How Did It Begin?
Sitting in Soho's Golden Sq two summers ago, Gary Nurse, jazz-dance pioneer with IDJ and choreographer extraordinaire is enthusing, bubbling with ideas, Adding to the mix are his brother Seymour, and long-time friend Chris. What's being discussed is the kind of project that would seem to most hopelessly idealistic, unwieldy even. We're talking about bringing together different elements of underground culture, not just music and dance but also theatre, animation, and graphic art. The whole thing seems very conceptual, and there's a mystical/spiritual element to their ideas. 'Pie in the sky', 'dream on' the cynics would say, but with these guys passion and belief are never in short supply. The extended family of West London homeboys they represent have made a frontline contribution to London's club culture by just being there; feeling the jazz at Talkin Loud and Sayin Something, pogoing wildly at High On Hope, their energy has always made a difference, back in the day if these guys were in the dance it meant something. They could always make it happen.

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