Boy Blue Entertainment presents

Blak Whyte Gray 2017

Boy Blue Entertainment, the Olivier Award-winning company behind Pied Piper and The Five & the Prophecy of Prana make their debut here at HOME with the northern premiere of a brand new hip hop dance triple bill.

The world in flux, a mood for change: the artists of Boy Blue Entertainment give expression to experiences of contemporary life through the prism of a compelling new dance production. The time is right to ask questions, to break free from the inner tension of a system that isn’t working, and to emerge on the other side to an awakening – a return to roots, a celebration of culture.

Fuelled by an emotional energy, this triple bill pairs the concentrated physicality of select hip-hop dance styles with the rhythmical groove of music and moves evoking Africa. Progressing from story driven hits such as The Five & the Prophecy of Prana, Boy Blue’s founders Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy and Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante inject Blak Whyte Gray with an unexpected abstract quality, revealing a different side to the company’s personality.

Boy Blue Entertainment, the Olivier awarding-winning company behind Pied Piper and The Five & the Prophecy of Prana has been acclaimed for presenting “the perfect marriage of music and dance”. Boy Blue releases boundless creative energy in its performances, laying down the beats and delivering thrilling and raw dance sequences. The company is proud to be home to some of the UK’s most sought-after hip-hop artists.

“From the opening minute, you are completely mesmerised… The show astounds you. I doubt you will see anything quite like [this] in Manchester for a long while. So, for now, there is no place like HOME.” – Canal Street

“An enchantingly, haunting, yet gritty and very powerful triple bill dance production… Enthralling.” – The Nubian Times

★★★★★ “A remarkable triple bill melds everything from body-popping to krump and African dance, turning bodies into automata, weapons and channels of pure emotion.” – The Observer

★★★★ “Hip-hop dance crew Boy Blue Entertainment tackle the nature of identity in an awesome three-part show.” – The Guardian

★★★★ “Strict, bold and brilliant.” – The Independent

★★★★ “Powerfully danced.” – The Financial Times

★★★★ “the cast are so tightly attuned to each other that it’s hard to resist the overall pull.” – The Times

★★★★ “Pure physical poetry.” – The Stage

★★★★ “A step into serious artistic maturity for dance company Boy Blue Entertainment.” – London Evening Standard

★★★ “What you are left with is the magnificence of the dancers themselves. And that is quite a lot to relish. Mbi, Theo ‘Godson’ Oloyade, and Gemma Kay Hoddy particularly catch the eye, but all are superb, skillful and passionate. They are a pleasure to watch.” – What’s On Stage

“An elegant riot against control.” – Exeunt

Produced by Boy Blue Entertainment.
Production co-commissioned and co-produced by the Barbican
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England
Boy Blue Entertainment is an Associate Artist of the Barbican, London


  • Running time: 1hr 30mins (inc 20mins interval)
  • Recommended age 12+

Tickets: £18 – £10 (conc. available)

Schools & Groups Information

– Suitable for GCSE Dance, A Level Dance and equivalent levels. Boy Blue Entertainment’s The Emancipation of Expressionism is included in the AQA GCSE Dance syllabus (Dance appreciation – 3.3.2).
– £11 per ticket, 1 teacher place free with every 10 students
– Available weekdays only and must be booked in advance.
– For more information, please email