Theatre Review – Groove on Down the Road – ZooNation at the Southbank Centre

Kate Prince and the country’s leading hip-hop dance company ZooNation have returned to Southbank Centre following the huge success of last year’s world premiere of Groove On Down The Road. 

godtr-web2Groove On Down The Road is a special commission by Southbank Centre from the company behind Into the Hoods and Some Like It Hip Hop. Giving their unique, hip-hop twist to the classic tale of love and friendship, The Wizard of Oz, this show is performed entirely by ZooNation’s Youth Company, with dancers ranging from ages 10-19, as a way of inspiring a new generation of performers.

Such a hard-working company, their energy is infectious and you really do want to get up and groove down the yellow brick road with them. It’s hard to pick out any stand out performances as they all quite rightly work together as a tight-knit ensemble.

I love to see an auditorium filled with families and young people and the Queen Elizabeth Hall certainly was when my daughter and I saw the show this weekend. It’s very slick and cool, and the company make it look too easy to dance hip hop. My daughter couldn’t wait to bust some moves out when we got home, I however, would probably be more ‘hip hospitalisation’ but I am definitely a fan of Zoo Nation’s work. Do try and catch it while it’s on, it’s a great show.

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