Poetry In Motion with Inua-Ellams’ The Spalding Suite

The Spalding Suite. Getty Images.
The Spalding Suite. Designed by Inua Ellams for Getty Images.

The line between sport and art is set to become even more blurred with a slam dunk of a new production, The Spalding Suite, set to tour the UK in 2015.

Combining original poetry with contemporary movement, The Spalding Suite is a new physical theatre show that celebrates the elegance and beauty of basketball.

Seen from a British perspective, The Spalding Suite gets to the heart and soul of the gravity-defying game and delves into the hopes and dreams of those who play it, and the friendship and camaraderie behind the sport.

Six dynamic performers will mix live beatboxing, music, hip-hop, basketball inspired movement and poetry, taking the story from the fleeting high of the score and the robust camaraderie of the team, to the poignant lows of a body too worn to play the game.

Conceived by spoken word artist and theatre-maker Inua Ellams, the performance will contain poetry by Nick Makoha, Nii Parkes, Bohdan Piasecki, Roger Robinson and Jacob Sam-La Rose, and will be directed by award-winning director Benji Reid.

It is designed by Ti Green, music by Eric Lau, with vocal sound design and beatboxing by Jason Singh.

2015 UK TOUR

April 23–25, Contact, Manchester
April 29-May 2, Southbank Centre, London
May 9, Hip Hop Dance Summit, Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth
May 12, ARC, Stockton-on-Tees
May 14–16, Dance Xchange, Birmingham
May 29-30, Dance East, Ipswich
June 2-6, Liverpool Everyman

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