street-dance version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Dale Wasserman Based on the novel by Ken Kesey
Peacock Theatre, London and national tour September 15th – November 21st 2009
Following their celebrated run at London’s Peacock Theatre in spring 2008, Swedish company Bounce return with Insane in the Brain, their acclaimed production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest reworked as a feast of stunning street dance. Injecting a healthy dose of contemporary styles fused with breathtaking hip hop moves, Bounce once again present their powerful adaptation of the play by Dale Wasserman and novel by Ken Kesey at the Peacock Theatre this autumn, prior to an extensive national tour.
In the confines of a psychiatric hospital, breakdance becomes a way of expressing freedom and rebelling against the iron rule of Nurse Ratched – who happens to be a ballet fan…
Insane in the Brain features a pulsating soundtrack with cuts from Missy Elliot, Dizzee Rascal, Gotan Project, David Holmes and Cypress Hill. Inventive set design and choreography are mixed with film and multimedia sequences to produce a fast-paced show that is funny, moving and packed with high-octane dance.
This production follows the self-titled Bounce, 2002’s ‘High-energy celebration’; that thrilled audiences at Sadler’s Wells prompting a return invitation for this innovative crew. The company was formed in late 1997 by a group of Sweden’s leading street dancers who formed a collective in order to explore different techniques of breaking, locking, popping, boogaloo and new school. Not afraid to use any style to create fresh and exciting work, Bounce also utilises lindy hop and tap, as these genres have influenced many generations of street dancers.
Dance Touring Partnership’s (DTP) vision is to bring the best of middle-scale dance to as many people as possible. DTP is an entrepreneurial venue partnership which includes the country’s most forward-looking and influential middle-scale venues.
Bounce will be traveling to leading venues all over the UK during this two month tour. Dates extend to key theatres in Cornwall, the midlands, Scotland, the south coast and the north, giving the UK the first opportunity this autumn to view this unique production outside of London.
“****I can’t recall when I last experienced such a fresh, fun and clearly told translation of a piece of contemporary literature into dance ” The Times
“This action-packed show works like a dream” The Daily Express
“**** Insane in the Brain makes Ken Kesey’s classic story seem designed for a hip hop makeover” The Guardian
UK Tour supported by Arts Council England, Arts Council of Wales, the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Arts Council of Wales Assisted by Swedish Arts Council, The Stockholm Culture Administration, The Foundation for the Culture of the Future. Insane in the Brain is being toured in association with the Swedish EU presidency in autumn 2009
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