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Upcoming performances

ZooNation Youth Company announce new intergenerational performance with Sadler’s Wells

Performances: 13 April 2024, Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler's Wells (Angel)

ZooNation are excited to be collaborating with the incredible Company of Elders for the very first time as part of Elixir Festival 2024 at Sadler’s Wells.

Directed by ZooNation Youth Company’s Artistic Director Chaldon Williams The Exchange will bring together both ZooNation Youth Company and the Company of Elders members to explore evolving perspectives, telling stories of our past, present and future selves through dance styles influenced by Hip Hop culture.

This unique intergenerational project will be on stage at Sadler’s Wells on Sat 13th April, performances at 3pm & 6pm.

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ZooNation Youth Company to return to Royal Opera House’s Next Generation Festival

Performances: 29 June 2024, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Sat 29th June, performances at 2:30pm & 7pm

This summer, ZooNation Youth Company are back at the Royal Festival Hall with an electrifying performance showcasing brand new work by choreographer Chaldon Williams (known for ‘Traplord’ and Founder of dance collective ‘Tribe Wayz’).

This fresh commission for the Next Generation Festival unites the UK’s most talented young Hip Hop artists from ZooNation, promising a dynamic celebration of Hip Hop styles in a slick and bold performance.

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Icon Theatre, ZooNation and Amina Khayyam Dance Company present Ghost Ships

Performances: 25 - 28 September 2024, The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Icon Theatre, ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company and Amina Khayyam Dance Company present Ghost Ships

The stories you’ve never been told…

ZooNation are excited to be a part of this major theatrical event from award-winning Icon Theatre, which recharts the history of Chatham Dockyard, asking who owns our history and what stories should we tell?

Featuring ZooNation’s captivating signature styles, and powerful Kathak from Amina Khayyam Dance Company, original live music, and the choral power of a monumental community ensemble, Ghost Ships tells the true and untold stories of the extraordinary people who built and sailed the ships of Chatham Dockyard around the world.

Wednesday 25 – Saturday 28 September 2024
The Historic Dockyard Chatham

**Strictly limited run**

£15 Adults / £12 Child / Group Rates Available

Ages Guidance 
Age Guidance 10+ (parental guidance advised). 

Running Time
80 Minutes (Approx.) 

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Past performances

Message In A Bottle – Touring 2023/24

Performances: 11 May 2023 - 25 February 2024, Various

Sadler’s Wells and Universal Music UK present Message In A Bottle, the breathtaking new dance-theatre production by triple Olivier Award nominee, Kate Price, to the music of 17-time Grammy Award winner, Sting.

New tour dates announced! 
This hit production opened at Sadler’s Wells The Peacock theatre in the West End in January 2020 receiving rave reviews. We are thrilled to see its return to various theatre’s across the UK and Europe.

11 – 13 May 2023 Mayflower Theatre Southampton, UK
16 & 17 May 2023 Hall for Cornwall Truro, UK
18 – 20 May 2023 Theatre Royal Plymouth, UK
7 – 18 Jun 2023 MAAG Zurich, Switzerland
4 – 8 Jul 2023 The Marlowe Canterbury, UK
10 – 12 Aug 2023 The Lowry Salford, UK
13 – 25 Feb 2024 Buell Theatre, Denver Centre for the Performing Arts Canterbury, UK

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ZooNation Youth Company join Southbank’s Imagine Children’s Festival line-up

Performances: 11 February 2024, Southbank Centre

ZooNation Youth Company are exciting to be returning to the Southbank Centre’s Imagine Children’s Festival this February Half-Term.

Join us for a family-fun day, groove at workshops led by ZooNation artists, covering hip-hop-inspired styles. With social jams, a live DJ, and an incredible performance by ZooNation Youth Company, it’s a feel good day not to miss.

Hosted by ZooNation Youth Company Alumni D’jon McTernan and Elijah Smith AKA ‘D’Eli’

10:30am – 11:15am Hip Hop Social Grooves with Jackie Kibuka
11:45am – 12:30pm Locking and Popping with Jackie Kibuka
12:30pm – 1:30pm DJ Jam – Chaldon Williams
1.30pm –1.35pm ZooNation Youth Company Performance
1:45pm – 2:30pm Locking and House with Portia Oti
2:45pm – 3:30pm Hip Hop Dance with Storytelling with Portia Oti
3.30pm – 4pm Wellbeing Wind Down

Free admission 

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Just Vibez & ZooNation: Hip-Hop 50th Birthday Party

Performances: 12 August 2023, Southbank Centre

Sat 12 Aug, 2pm
Southbank Centre, Riverside Terrace, Level 2
(Free event)
ZooNation Youth Company are joining DJ and MC collective Just Vibez to celebrate 50 years of Hip Hop. Join us on the Riverside Terrace for free Locking, Popping and House workshops led by ZooNation artists Bradley Charles and Bismark Anobah from 2pm, followed by a high octane  ZooNation Youth Company performance.

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ZooNation Youth Company presents Twice In Time

Performances: 17 - 18 June 2023, Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House

Two siblings, torn apart when their universe is ripped into isolated dystopian worlds. Can they beat the clock and find their way back, or will they run out of time?

Presented as part of the Royal Opera House’s Next Generation Festival, Twice In Time questions our future generations’ ability to connect, and how identity can be lost and rediscovered against all odds.

Returning to the Next Generation Festival for the second year, ZooNation Youth Company are the UK’s leading young Hip Hop company.

Twice In Time is created and directed by ZooNation’s Associate Artistic Director Dannielle ‘Rhimes’ Lecointe, with additional choreography by Christian ‘Big Kris’ Alozie. 

Tickets from £3-20

Performance dates & times
17 JUNE 2023

18 JUNE 2023

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Sylvia: A musical revolution

Performances: 27 January - 8 April 2023, The Old Vic

Extended run! Now playing until 8th April

Be the change that you want to see
Be the change for you and me’

This revolutionary story celebrates the life of Sylvia Pankhurst – feminist, activist, pacifist, socialist, rebel – the lesser-known Pankhurst at the heart of the Suffragette movement, who changed the lives of working women and men across the world.

Following its 2018 run as a work-in-progress, Kate Prince’s Sylvia is back where it all began for its world premiere, uniting dance, hip hop, funk and soul to shine a light on a remarkable moment in history, with original music by Josh Cohen and DJ Walde.

An Old Vic and ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company production
In association with Sadler’s Wells


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An Evening with Kate Prince

Performances: 23 February 2023, Pavilion Dance

Join us for an inspiring evening of storytelling and Q&A with ZooNation’s Founder and Artistic Director Kate Prince.

When: Thursday 23rd Feb, 7pm
Where: Pavilion Dance,
Overlooking Lower Gardens,
Westover Road,
Running time: 90 minutes

Tickets from £6-£15

Image by Sarah Weal 

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ZooNation Youth Company’s Hip-Hop Half-Term (Imagine Children’s Festival)

Performances: 15 February 2023, Royal Festival Hall (Southbank Centre)

As part of the Southbank Centre’s Imagine Children’s Festival, Associate Artists ZooNation Youth Company will showcase the group’s incredible dancers and choreographers to bring you a day of hip-hop.

This half-term join in with a dance workshop based on storytelling through styles that originated from and have been influenced by hip-hop culture, a social grooves session and a special performance by ZYC.

Ideal for families and young people (recommend ages 5+) No experience necessary, just come eager to bust some moves!

Free entry 

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Mixtape – Celebrating 20 years of ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company

Performances: 5 - 8 October 2022, Sadler's Wells

We’re back on stage at Sadler’s Wells from 5-8 October.

Mixtape – Celebrating 20 years of ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company brings together the shows, the people and the places that have been part of the incredible ZooNation journey.

Co-directed by Dannielle ‘Rhimes’ Lecointe and Bradley Charles, with Musical Director DJ Walde, Designer Ben Stones and Lighting Designer Charlie Morgan Jones, plus live vocalists and special guest performers from the past and present. Special guest performers include Tommy FranzenNafisah Baba and Gavin Vincent.

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Message In A Bottle

Performances: 29 September - 17 October 2021, The Peacock Theatre, Portugal Street, Holborn, WC2A 2HT

Choreography by Kate Prince, based on the songs of Sting
A Sadler’s Wells & Universal Music UK production

Following the critically acclaimed premiere in 2020, Message In A Bottle is the latest spectacular dance-theatre show from triple-Olivier Award nominee, Kate Prince. Set to the iconic hits of 17-time Grammy Award-winning artist Sting, the soundtrack includes Every Breath You Take, Roxanne, Walking On The Moon and more. With a mix of exhilarating dance styles, high-energy footwork and breath-taking athleticism, Message In A Bottle tells a unifying and uplifting story of humanity and hope.

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Message In A Bottle

Performances: 6 February - 21 March 2020, Various venues, Nationwide

A Sadler’s Wells & Universal Music UK production

Message In A Bottle

Choreography: Kate Prince MBE
Based on the songs of Sting

Message In A Bottle is the spectacular new dance theatre show from triple-Olivier Award nominee, Kate Prince to the iconic hits of music superstar, Sting including Roxanne, Every Breath You Take, Walking on the Moon, Fields of Gold, Englishman In New York and Shape of My Heart.

A village alive with joyous celebrations is suddenly under siege. Everything changes forever. Determined and daring, three parted siblings step out on their own extraordinary adventures.

With a mix of exhilarating dance styles, dazzling footwork and breathtaking athleticism set to the music of Sting, Message In A Bottle tells a vital and uplifting story of humanity and hope.

Message In A Bottle is the latest masterpiece from the ground-breaking creator behind Some Like it Hip Hop, Into The Hoods, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (choreography) and SYLVIA, and features the astonishing talents of dance storytelling powerhouse, ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company. 

With ZooNation. Research and development supported by The Movement.


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★★★★ “Fizzing with the go-getting energy of street dance and showbiz”
THE TIMES (on The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party)

★★★★ “The audience … was on its feet in acclamation” GUARDIAN (on SYLVIA)
★★★★ “Kate Prince’s choreography is sharp and cleverly evocative”
THE TELEGRAPH (on Everybody’s Talking About Jamie)

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