Sunday, February 10, 2008

Street dance version of 'Cuckoo's Nest'

There was an interesting programme on Radio 4 this week on the film 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'. It's part of a series presented by Paul Gambaccini called 'And the Academy Award Goes To...', looking at the history of the Oscars. You can listen again here until 14 Feb. 'Cuckoo's Nest' swept the board in 1976.

Admirers of the book and film might be interested in a street-dance adaptation called 'Insane in the Brain' by Bounce. It's on at the Peacock Theatre, Holborn, London, running from 27 February till 16 March. According to the publicity: '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… The show features a fantastic soundtrack including hits from stars like 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 at times funny, at times moving, and always packed to the rafters with high-octane dance moves.'
The theatre warns that the show 'contains adult themes'. Do you think they get to keep their underwear on under those hospital gowns?

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