At the intersection of dance, theatre and visual installation, Okwui Okpokwasili’s Bronx Gothic delves into one woman’s attempt to shake loose memory. In a coming of age story of a girl in the Bronx on the cusp of a sexual awakening, what emerges is a breath-taking exploration of girlhood.
Created in collaboration with Peter Born, Bronx Gothic draws on inspiration from West African griot storytelling and the epistolary style of the Victorian novel to ask what it means to be a brown girl dreaming herself awake. Bronx Gothic was the winner of the 2014 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for Outstanding Production. This is the show’s UK premiere.
Okwui Okpokwasili is a 2018 MacArthur ‘Genius Award’ recipient.
Kwame Kwei-Armah, Artistic Director of the Young Vic, said: “Okwui’s painful, beautiful, meaningful and heartfelt process is profoundly moving. The show cannot be described as just theatre. It cannot be described as just dance. When I first watched a documentary which captured the backstage story of this virtuosic one-woman show told by a MacArthur Genius Award winner, I knew I just had to programme it here at the Young Vic. Bronx Gothic not only plays with form; it plays with my heart. And it is ultimately a magnificent performance.”
Praise for Bronx Gothic in the United States:
“In language that is by turns blunt and poetic, crudely funny and incantatory, Ms. Okpokwasili conjures and probes this adolescent friendship… a magnetic performer” - New York Times
“Anyone who hasn't seen it already should seize the chance—it casts a potent spell.” - Time Out NY
“Seriously, go see it.” - LA Times
“Okpokwasili is a woman of many talents: she is an actor, a dancer, a storyteller, and a singer…. No matter what she does, she is riveting” - The New Yorker
Based on The Cut in London’s Waterloo, we produce new plays, classics, musicals, adaptations of books, short films, digital projects and game changing forms of theatre. We attract large audiences from many different backgrounds, and forge deep connections in our neighbourhood where we provide extensive free activities. For many years the Young Vic has been synonymous with inclusivity, accessibility and creativity. We foster emerging talent and collaborate with some of the world’s finest directors, performers and creatives; creating productions that say much about the world we live in.
Artistic Director: Kwame Kwei-Armah
Executive Director: Despina Tsatsas
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66 The Cut, Waterloo, London, SE1 8LZ
Captioned performance 17 June, 7.45pm
Audio described performance 24 June, 7.45pm
Tickets: £25, Previews 1-4 June £20