Hip Hop Icons take to the Déda stage in a jam-packed Urban Weekend

On Friday 15 and Saturday 16 November, Déda presents an Urban Weekend with two red-hot performances from pioneering Hip Hop artists.

black-album.jpgOn Friday 15 November, Avant Garde Dance take to the stage. Choreographed by Tony Adigun, Artistic Director of Sky 1HD's Got to Dance, the company present The Black Album – a triple bill of effortlessly stylish dance weaved together like your favourite concept music album. Featuring music from the classical to the current and using innovative cutting-edge dance blending Hip Hop styles with contemporary movement – it's a show not to be missed.

In Omega five dancers and five columns of light improvise and respond to experimental DJs Jazzanova. A Classical Break presents a humorous and cheeky partnership between break dance and the music of Beethoven, Mozart and Prokofiev. Dark Matter is abstract and visually captivating, and unleashes the inner darkness of eight powerful dancers.

Avant Garde Dance: The Black Album

jonziD.jpgOn Saturday, Déda is proud to welcome back Hip Hop icon Jonzi D. The pioneer of Hip Hop Dance Theatre and Artistic Director of Breakin' Convention, Jonzi returns to the stage with Lyrikal Fearta, a brand new triple bill blending choreography with spoken word.

Jonzi will perform his acclaimed work The Letter which explores the responses of a colourful cast of characters to Jonzi being offered an MBE. The evening also features a newly commissioned piece, exploring the broken lineage between the old and new hip-hop generations, bringing Jonzi's unique perspective to evolving social issues. An exciting collaboration with Ivan Blackstock, of BirdGang Dance Company, it promises to captivate audiences with wit, humour and style. There will also be a special performance from West Midlands based B-Boy Nehemiah 'Nene' Smith.

Jonzi D: Lyrikal Fearta

The weekend will also include a BreakJam on Friday evening ahead of the show and showcase from students who have been working with Baby J performing spoken word and music prior to the show on Saturday.

Tickets for each show are £10 (£8 concession) and tickets for both shows can be purchased for £15 (£12) when booked in advance on 01332 370911.

Notes to Editors:

For images, interview requests, press tickets and press enquiries, please contact:

Helen Dawson, Programming and Marketing Officer

T: 01332 370911
E: h.dawson@deda.uk.com

Listings Information

Friday 15 November 8pm
The Black Album
Presented by Avant Garde Dance
Tickets: £10 (£8)

Saturday 16 November 8pm
Lyrikal Fearta
Presented by Jonzi D
Tickets: £10 (£8)

Special Offer: Get a ticket for both Avant Garde Dance and Jonzi D for just £15 (£12)

Déda, Chapel Street, Cathedral Quarter, Derby DE1 3GU

Box Office:    01332 370911
Website:       www.deda.uk.com

Déda

Déda (formerly known as Derby Dance) is a unique venue located in Derby city centre offering a dance-focussed arts programme. The building houses two performance spaces, two professionally equipped dance studios, conferencing facilities and the CUBE café|bar.

With a class curriculum of almost 50 classes a week and an extensive community development programme Déda is one of the key cultural organisations in the city.

Déda receives funding from Arts Council England and Derby City Council.

About Arts Council England

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