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Shades of Blue / Warrior Queens Matsena Productions / House of Absolute

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Matsena Productions & House of Absolute

Experience first-hand the next generation of leading UK choreographers in this double bill which touches on both a social movement and cultural heritage.

Shades of Blue is a work from Matsena Productions that beats to the tune of change, in which performance and protest clash and mould together.

The work combines thunderous choreography, powerful text and a slick score that will not only make you rethink your position in society but celebrate a stronger future which we all have a part in building.

Interrogating displacement, cultural hybridity and power, Warrior Queens delves into ancestry and lineage inspired by the legendary folk myth of ‘Hua Mulan’ and Virginia Woolf’s ‘Orlando’.

From Olivier Award nominated choreographer and House of Absolute Creative Director Julia Cheng, this work explores yin yang energy, identity and the adversity of the modern-day warrior. Embedded in a live musical soundscape with musicians from the Philharmonia Orchestra.

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Shades of Blue
Artistic Directors: Anthony Matsena & Kel Matsena
Associate Director: Arnold Matsena
Lighting Designer: Ryan Joseph Stafford
Associate Lighting Designer: Charly Dunford
Dramaturg: Alfred Enoch
Assistant Writer: Charlie Layburn
Music Composer: Beth Lewis
Music Composer: Lara Agar
Costume Designer: Cory Shipp
Rehearsal Director: Olivia Grassot

Shades of Blue is co-produced by Sadler’s Wells, Dance East and Matsena Productions. Supported by Arts Council England, Arts Council Wales, Taliesin Arts Center, Black History Wales/Cymru, Race Council Cymru.

Warrior Queens
Creative Director and Choreographer: Julia Cheng
Musical Director: Ffion Campbell-Davies
Movement Assistant: Faye Reader
Composer: Simon McCorry
Composition Consultant: Saskia Horton
Sound System Design: Yvonne Gilbert
Lighting Design: Joshua Harriette
Set Design: Ruby Law
Costume Design: Ceci Calf
Creative Consultant: Jonathan Burrows
Rehearsal Director: Dickson Mbi

Warrior Queens is supported by Sadler’s Wells, Philharmonia Orchestra, University of Bedfordshire, DanceEast and Arts Council England.

Image credit: Jack Thomson

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