Southpaw Dance Company (UK)
Southpaw Dance Company, under the artistic directon of choreographer Robby Graham, create work within hip hop dance theatre that has been called, "... witty, hard-edged, sure in focus, and sizzling in energy" (Clement Crisp, Financial Times) Drawing on the relatively unexplored and often misunderstood vocabulary of b-boying (breaking), Robby and company members have developed a style that crosses the boundaries of what is defined as contemporary technique and hip hop movement. Elements of breaking, contemporary, and contact work combine to form what has been described as "release breaking." ... "fluid movement with an uncanny, gravity-defying poise that is as elegant as ballet" (Eve Stebbing, The Telegraph).
With strong thematic elements throughout the work that has explored growing up in the wake of a terrorist attack, "couture" drug use, and more recently the prevalent global culture of protest and riot, Southpaw Dance Company create relevant, thought-provoking, and affective dance theatre.
Southpaw is about creating strong work with integrity; about challenging the conventional notions of hip hop theatre work as demonstrative and trick based; about deconstructing barriers of movement to innovate and create a distinctive new style; about representing, connecting, and ultimately expressing the passion for what we believe dance performance can be.