Flex originated from bruk-up which came from the dance-halls of Jamaica in the early 90s. Meaning ‘broke up’ the style of dance requires you to move your body in an awkward jolted fashion.
It can be aggressive, emotive and even graceful and it is strongly connected to a sense of culture.
Most importantly, flexing is emotional and it is used by the dancer to tell a story and demonstrate feelings through movement. Thanks to Reggie, it is an artistic movement which has taken the world by storm.
Alphabus is a specially commissioned and produced show by Manchester International Festival 2019 and this will be its world premiere.
This is a collaboration between Regg Roc with a team of talented FlexN dancers from Manchester and NYC as well as the spoken-word powerhouse that is Young Identity to bring you a thrilling, intense exploration of power and weakness, triumph and tragedy, anti-heroes and fallen angels.
Alphabus draws its story from global myths, faiths and traditions, but it’s rooted in the here and now.
A seamless synergy of transatlantic street dance and vital poetry from some of Britain’s most exciting voices, it’s both deeply personal and wholly universal – a dynamic and ambitious new show that captures the collaborative essence of MIF.
By FlexN & Young Identity
When: Friday 5th – Sunday 7th July
Where: Great Northern