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Calling all B-boys, get some hip-hop!



Preview by Paul Nelson

WIMBLEDON Studio Theatre (Wimbledon Theatre) is to present A Hip Hop Story, performed by Kompany Malakhi, the UK's most successful black dance company. This is a Hip Hop story of the kind you've never seen before and runs from, Thursday, May 15 to Saturday, May 17 at 7.30pm.

Kwesi Johnson's Kompany Malakhi, featuring Philadelphia-based, 'Chosen's Ill Children' present a gritty, fast paced, time travelling story of one MC's mind blowing quest to find The Perfect Beat, which will ultimately save the life of his DJ.

In pursuit of the four elements of Hip Hop, his mission spins into, DJ's and Turntablism, he grapples with Graffiti, battles with B-boys and mixes it with MCs.

His search pulls him back to the time before the elements of Hip Hop were called Hip Hop, fuelling his knowledge and propelling him back to the future.

Interactive film and an all-star cast, featuring DJ Psycho Mantus and some of the best B-boys that the USA has to offer, make this fusion of hip-hop, theatre and the unexpected an experience not to be missed.

A Hip Hop Story is yet another forward-thinking expedition for Kompany Malakhi, who are rapidly creating a Black British Renaissance within the arts.

Artistic Director, Kwesi Johnson is part of a new generation of black artists who are bringing their eclectic cultural experiences to dance.

Kompany Malakhi was formed by Kwesi Johnson in 1994. Since that time he has gradually built a reputation as one of the most interesting choreographers working in the UK.

Since its inception, Kompany Malakhi has gradually won the support of the Arts Council and London Arts Board, and this production will be the company's third to be funded through the Arts Council of England National Touring programme and follows the successful tour of Under The Influence in 2000, and two National tours of Fuzion in 2001 and 2002.

Kwesi Johnson is part of a new generation of black artists who are bringing their eclectic cultural experiences to dance. Trained on the streets and in the studio, Kwesi Johnson is a graduate of the Northern School of Contemporary Dance.

Kompany Malakhi presents Hip Hop Story, Choreography by Kwesi Johnson. Wimbledon Studio Theatre, The Broadway, Wimbledon, SW19 Tuesday to Saturday, May 13 to May 17 at 7.30pm. Box office 020 8540 0362.

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