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of sport will get it; lovers of street dance and physical theatre will get it;
lovers of words will also get it. A complex collaborative, multi-art form
complete conviction they bring to vibrant life a range of characters from
anxious children to hectoring adults”.
turns the sport's movement into explosive physical theatre”.
heart of The Spalding Suite is Benji Reid’s choreography, making
imaginative use of slowed motion, the underlying geometric elements of
basketball forms and props including a climbing wall and harness.
director Benji Reid’s the choreography and stage-pictures that are the real
stars here. Inspired seemingly by everything from basketball itself to computer
games, slow-motion replays, via architecture, geometary, and probably some
abstruse sport theory of which I know nothing”.
This is a
multilayered piece that should appeal to all ages, performed by an engaging
cast, and boasting a terrific beat-boxing soundtrack. Fun, and sometimes
unexpectedly moving, too.
THE SPALDING SUITE
Inspired by UK basketball culture, The Spalding Suite
examines the British response to a very American game and explores how its
urban legends have crossed the ocean to intersect the dreams and aspirations of
players here. This new dance-theatre show features beat-boxer Jason Singh
alongside five male dancers who all have previous experience playing
basketball. The performers incorporate choreographed basketball moves with
spoken word poetry, music and elements of hip-hop.
Conceived by Inua Ellams and directed by Benji Reid, the
performance will animate poetry by Inua Ellams, Bohdan Piasecki, Jacob
Sam-La Rose, Roger Robinson, Nick Makoha and Nii Parkes.
Produced by Fuel.
The Benji Reid as an Associate Artist at The Royal Exchange
Benji is an award-winning visual theatre director, who has been the recipient of the NESTA dreamtime award and runner up for Art 05 award and currently the recipient of The Welcome Trust award. He formally trained in classical /contemporary dance, lighting design and choreography at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Benji Reid is one of the Pioneers of the hip-hop theatre movement in the UK.
Benji has worked widely with companies and artists such as the David Glass Ensemble, Trestle Theatre, Theatr Clwyd and Black Mime Theatre. He recently directed HOAX MY LONELY HEART (presented by Pippa Frith in association with the Royal Exchange) which was seen in The Studio at the Exchange recently.
HOAX is based on a poem, titled the same, written by my younger brother Roabbi - or Rob, as we called him.
The poem was written in 2004, during the several-year-long duration of Rob’s ultimately fatal mental illness schizophrenia. During this period Rob wrote hundreds of poems, often in collaboration with me. The poems were expressions of his varying state of mind – sometimes lucid, sometimes confused – and constitute a very honest portrayal of what it was like for him to suffer the illness in those years. Rob committed suicide in May 2008, aged 31 years.
HOAX is a cross-media project that I wrote to explore this portrayal. The project has two main strands: HOAX My Lonely Heart a musical stage performance, and HOAX Psychosis Blues a graphic novel; with a third strand being academic research into Medical Humanities.