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Heart stopping, foot stomping family fun
ZooNation's street dance fairytale started its third run at the Peacock Theatre in London last weekend and today, it was the perfect antidote to a grey and gusty Saturday afternoon.
ZooNation Dance Company was formed in London in 2002, the brainchild of Kate Prince. In 2007 Chantal Spiteri took over the reins and by 2010, the Company had achieved Resident status at Sadler's Wells as well as launching ZAD (ZooNation Academy of Dance) which trains over 150 dancers between the ages of 4-21. A veritable tour-de-force.
Some Like It Hip Hop premiered at the Peacock Theatre in 2011 and has returned by popular demand. It is a mix of girl-meets-boy/prodigal child/villain re-awakening story-line, original music, live singing and awe-inspiring dance moves.
The story of a 'kingdom' closed down by the desire of the king to protect the 'pure minds' of its citizens is an age-old theme and while a little clumsy in parts, does serve its purpose in keeping a thread going through the music, song and dance, the latter being completely mind-blowing. The audience (filled with families and kids of all ages) gasped, cheered and applauded as the Company pulled out some amazing moves, both imbued with character and touched with comic timing.
Spectacular moves abound
There's cross-dressing and mistaken identity reminiscent of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night which provides some hilarious moments. There's also a bit of womanly sass as the girls fight the chauvinism of the realm and find the courage to make some serious moves in business and in love.
But mostly there's fun. Pure, unadulterated, foot stomping, hand clapping fun. The show runs for almost two and a half hours with one interval and throughout the original score is sung live, the rhythm thrums through the auditorium and the energy emanating from the stage is infectious.