An artful and pulse-quickening mix of hip hop and contemporary dance, Red INK is up-and-coming British-Asian choreographer Si Rawlinson’s first full-length touring production.
Drawing inspiration from imagery in the films of Zhang Yimou (‘Hero’, ‘House of Flying Daggers’), the social commentary of contemporary visual artist and activist Ai Weiwei and the movement and aesthetics of Chinese calligraphy, this topical new dance performance is a dramatically and kinetically urgent representation of the risks taken by so many writers globally who tread what is often a fine line between art and dissidence.
The performance unfolds as a series of discrete scenes that flick between traditional, almost mythic ritual and modernity. When “maintaining cultural values” marks the difference between freedom of expression and imprisonment, exile or worse, a writer’s life hangs on his words. An international cast of male dancers embodies the struggle between the desires of a state and its citizens, and the pursuit of truth. Bodies fly and ink runs…
The show, which has repeatedly sold out at venues including the Southbank Centre London, is the third project with Si Rawlinson that BCA has worked on. Previous projects include hip hop vs monuments where Si and a troupe of young street dancers from Bedford fused photography, live art and hip hop/breakin dance to challenge perspectives of the well-known Silver Faces sculpture in Bedford town centre.
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“Gorgeous muscular movement” – Jonzi D, Breakin’ Convention
“Boundary-breaking dance art chiming for change” Kate Hagan, The Wonderful World of Dance
Images by: Mickael Marso Riviere and Vladmir Gruev