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CHATS PALACE: The Legend of Mike Smith
Until Saturday 25 February
All orders will be subject to a fee of £1.50 except if your tickets are free or if you are a member
Note: This event is not taking place at Rich Mix. We are only the ticketing provider. The event is at Chats Palace, 42-44 Brooksby’s Walk, London E9 6DF
In a nutshell
Soweto Kinch and Jonzi D collaborate on a ground-breaking work of music theatre where Jazz melodies meet street grooves in politically-charged debate.
Heralded as a ground-breaking work of music theatre, The Legend of Mike Smith mashes the lyricism of jazz with the energy of British hip-hop dance and theatre to tell the compelling story of Mike Smith, a young artist-everyman. Considering the temptations of consumerism and commercial pressures on the spirituality of the modern artist The Legend of Mike Smith takes a radical, original approach to theatre with a company of musicians, dancers and rappers meeting on-stage for an event that is much more than a gig. Jazz melodies meet street grooves in politically-charged debate before the final, imploring question “When will I be getting mine?”
Following the acclaimed album release in 2013 and now fully realised for the stage, the production features new choreography from guest director Ivan Blackstock (BirdGang).
What to Expect
The Legend of Mike Smith mashes the lyricism of jazz with the energy of British hip-hop dance and theatre to tell the compelling story of Mike Smith, a young artist-everyman. Soweto Kinch and his band will perform the score live at each performance, integrating jazz improvisation and driving hip hop score with choreography from Jonzi D. With animated visuals, movement, words and music The Legend of Mike Smith will Kinch’s album of the same name to life in a dynamic new way.
Jonzi D is the Artistic Director of Breakin’ Convention and has been actively involved in British Hip Hop culture, rapping and b-boying in clubs and on the street since its genesis in the early eighties. An Associate Company of Sadler’s Wells, in addition to curating and hosting Breakin’ Convention, Jonzi has directed pieces for Robert Hylton, Benji Reid, Jane Sekonya, Loop Dance Co, and ACE Dance and Music.
Award winning alto-saxophonist and MC Soweto Kinch is one of the most exciting and innovative musicians in both the British jazz and hip hop scenes, amassing an impressive list of accolades and awards – including a Mercury Music Prize nomination, two UMA Awards and a MOBO for best Jazz Act. In October 2007, he won his second MOBO Award. His skills as a hip hop MC and producer have also garnered him recognition in the urban music world.
What people are saying
‘A mind blowing experience’ The Stage
‘A spectacular piece of theatre, constantly engaging, drawing together ancient ideas of sin and their modern counterparts’ London Jazz News
‘A real tour de force – a contemporary take on The Seven Deadly Sins’ The Guardian
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THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
This event is not taking place at Rich Mix. We are only the ticketing provider. The event is at Chats Palace, 42-44 Brooksby’s Walk, London E9 6DF
This event is wheelchair accessible.