This article is from 2006.
Kate Prince, choreographer and director of the UK hip hop dance-theatre company ZooNation, is a bit of an English rose. She has, however, been fascinated by hip hop since she was a child. ‘I was a massive Janet Jackson fan, and I love cheesy musical theatre. Now I’m trying to combine the two.’
The result of Prince’s twin passions is Into the Hoods, an urban fairy tale loosely based on Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim’s revisionist musical Into the Woods. Featuring a clever, eclectic pop soundtrack and leading characters with names like Spinderella, Rap-On-Zel and the giant-slaying Jaxx, the show is a quick-witted, large-spirited treat just about guaranteed to send you home smiling and energised.
The cast is comprised of some of the smartest professional street dancers in the business, plus an ever-changing posse of kids. ‘This company is my family,’ admits Prince. ‘They inspire me every day.’ (Donald Hutera)
UdderBELLY, 0870 745 3083, 5-28 Aug (not 15) 3.45pm, £11-£13 (£9-£10). Previews 3 & 4 Aug, £6.