International dance stars BalletBoyz make their West End debut with Them/Us, an innovative double bill devised by the company and Olivier Award winner Christopher Wheeldon.
Returning to the capital city following a lauded UK tour, BalletBoyz’s Them/Us played on the London stage in March at Sadler’s Wells. The show now transfers to the West End this summer for an eagerly anticipated run at the Vaudeville Theatre.
The first part of the double bill, Them, is the first piece ever devised by the company’s in-house talent. It is set to a score by emerging composer Charlotte Harding, whose works have been performed in leading concert halls throughout London, and whose work ‘Convo’ will premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in Spring 2019. The piece queries where we see ourselves in relation to the “other”.
Them is followed by Us, inspired by the critically acclaimed Wheeldon’s duet which featured in BalletBoyz’s last show, Fourteen Days. Us explores the possibilities of before, during and after, and plays to an extended score by cult singer/songwriter Keaton Henson. Keaton has released six studio albums, and his music video for Charon was shortlisted for a UK MVA award in Best Budget Indie/Rock Category.
Regular Balletboyz collaborator Christopher Wheeldon trained at The Royal Ballet School and danced with the Company between 1991 and 1993. He became the first ever artist in residence and resident choreographer with the New York City Ballet, and later became the first British choreographer to create a new work for the Bolshoi Ballet. His awards include the Tony Award for Best Choreography for An American In Paris, later seen in the West End, and he was made an OBE in 2016.
The current BalletBoyz Company comprises Benjamin Knapper, Harry Price, Liam Riddick, Dominic Rocca, Matthew Sandiford and Bradley Waller.
Them/Us demonstrates the remarkable versatility, talent and dedication of the BalletBoyz. Combined with the imagination of Wheeldon and the incredible dancers, it culminates in a fantastic night of world-class entertainment.