LSC alumni have the maddest hip hop skills
ZooNation has once again wowed audiences in London over the Winter season with their irresistible and unique style of narrative hip hop dance theatre. This time the Company took to stage at The Royal Opera House and Round House with their revived production of The Mad Hatter's Tea Party, with LSC alumni once again in leading roles.
Teneisha Bonner (Queen of Hearts), Rowen Hawkins (Tweedle Dum) and Kyla Lomas-Kirton (Alice), all trained at London Studio Centre and have danced regularly with ZooNation, in previous productions such as Into the Hoods and Some Like It Hip Hop. Betweenn them they have amassed an array of commercial dance experince working with artists such as, Rhianna, Alesha Dixon, Black Eyed Peas, Kylie Minogue, Take That, Cheryl Cole and Girls Aloud. Collectively theu have performed on TV programmes such as The Brit Awards, MOBOs, MTV Awards, Britain's Got Talent and on films such as Harry Potter and StreetDance 3D, while also working with hip hop dance company's such as Blue Boy Entertainment, Blaze Dance Group and dancing on the West End in Thriller Live.
Above: Kayla Lomas-Kirton as Alice
The Mad Hatter's Tea Party puts a new twist on Lewis Carroll's children's classic 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland', highlighting the weird and wonderful nature of Carroll's story, the show relocates the action to a psychiatric hospital. "True to form, Prince presents a narrative which (mostly) elevates hip hop beyond the realms of competitive battles and proving that this disciplined movement practice can embody genuine emotion in it's characters" (Rachel Nouchi, London Dance). The production is cleverly able to open discussions on mental health with wide audiences as the narrative creates depth to the dancer's characters giving them the opportunity to share real issues, the White Rabbit has OCD, Alice have body image troubles and Tweedle Dum and Dee have split personality disorder.
Above: Alumni Teneisha Bonner as The Queen of Hearts
In addition to alumni on stage, Managing Director and Producer of the ZooNation, Chantal Spiteri also trained at LSC, so it is great to read all the reviews, see the success of the show and the impact the company is made in the world of Hip Hop Dance Theatre and narrative dance theatre combined. We are already looking forward to the next ZooNation production. Stay tuned into ZooNation.co.uk for updates of performances in 2017.
"This is a company that is exciting to watch. They know how to communicate with an audience and generate joy even when some of the things they are saying have a dark side. The dancing is stunning" (Howard Loxton, British Theatre Guide).