Bradley 4:18, choreographed by Punchdrunk’s Maxine Doyle, is a dance performance inspired by the lyrics of spoken word artist Kate Tempest’s Pictures on a Screen, which tell the story of Bradley, a seemingly successful young man struggling to connect with the world around him.
Set to a score by Mercury Award-nominated and Ivors Academy Award-winning London-based composer, arranger and alto-saxophonist Cassie Kinoshi, and composed in parallel with the choreographic creation, it is a highly atmospheric, filmic score with a modern jazz flavour. Bradley 4:18 presents the six BalletBoyz dancers as different iterations of the Bradley character Bradley and how he might act at 4:18 in the morning.
Celebrating their 20th anniversary, Bradley 4:18 is part of BalletBoyz’ new dance show Deluxe, a co-production with Sadler’s Wells that fuses beautiful dance with original music in the company’s unique and unmistakable style, including collaborations from some of the world’s most inventive and thought-provoking choreographers and composers.
BalletBoyz has made 38 pieces of new work for the stage, won 13 international awards and collaborated with 25 choreographers, ranging from some of the world’s finest and most established to emerging and unknown choreographers, including Christopher Wheeldon, Akram Khan, Kristen McNally, Matthew Bourne and Liv Lorent to name a few. BalletBoyz continues to be celebrated across four continents by audiences and critics alike. the company has performed its work more than 400 times around the UK and in 13 countries across the world, with over 350,000 people having seen one of their productions over the last 20 years.
‘Deluxe is a night of entertaining and thought-provoking theatre that’s been 20 years in the making. The beauty of our job has always been about finding and pursuing extraordinary talent and sharing that with as many people as we can. It’s that simple.’ (BalletBoyz Artistic Directors Michael Nunn and William Trevitt.)
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