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The trailer for The Five & the Prophecy of Prana

I’m opening a show at the Barbican next week on the 2nd of October. We play until 4th October before we head out on tour. I do the first 3 weeks of the tour and then I will leave to start on my next project. To book tickets for the Barbican click here.

To see where the show will be going on tour click here. My last show will be in Blackpool on the 29th October.

Enjoy the trailer!

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My interview and front page in Kyrko Bladet

In last June I was interviewed by Emelie Krugly (www.emeliekrugly.com) and photographed by Rikard Osterlund (www.rikard.co.uk) for the Swedish Church magazine called Kyrko Bladet. The theme was courage so I talk about how courage has gotten me through my life and career. Click on this link to read the article http://issuu.com/svenskakyrkanlondon/docs/nr3_2014_web

 

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The trailer for the first episode of Nordic Folksong – Tommy Franzen – is out!

The trailer for the first episode of Nordic Folksong is finally out! The official release is due in September. Big thanks to the creators Andreas Lindström and Emelie Krugly Hill. Have a look at the official website http://www.nordicfolksong.com/tommy

 

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Nordic Folksong is a documentary series that explores the lives of Scandinavian creative individuals living in England.

England has the greatest density of Scandinavian emigrants in the world and many of them are creative artists or designers that are not known by the Scandinavian audience. This documentary is trying to lift those that not only dears to move to another country but who believes in themselves and their dream of succeed as a creative artist.

Tommy arrived in the UK in 2001 and  is probably mostly recognised as the runner-up of BBC 1’s “So You Think You Can Dance” 2010 but some might have seen him in Mamma Mia – The Movie.  After working professionally as a performing artist for 16 years, Tommy has in the recent years also dwelled into choreography. Most recently he choreographed for ZooNation’s “Some Like It Hip Hop”

He was nominated for an award by the Critic’s Circle’s “National Dance Awards” in the “Best Male Performance (Modern)” category for his efforts in the show “Goldberg” at The Royal Opera House and “Blaze” (in which he also choreographed) at Sadler’s Wells Peacock Theatre

Tommy is working with the Russell Maliphant Company and is touring internationally with the show “The Rodin Project”. Tommy has also been nominated an Olivier Award 2012 for Outstanding Achievement in Dance.

£20 for top price tickets for Flash Mob – Time Out

These tickets needs to be ordered by midnight tonight 27th May 2014. Flash Mob is playing at the Peacock Theatre in London from 27th May-8th June 2014.

http://uk-offers.timeout.com/deals/entertainment-flash-mob

 

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My viral I shot for LA Muscle with @Coldcitystudios

Here is the LA Muscle viral I shot in October 2013. Filmed and edited by Cold City Studios. Really enjoyed working with these guys.

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‘Wang Tang offer’ for The Five & The Prophecy of Prana

Only 2 days left!! One show tonight (Friday) at 7.45pm and two tomorrow (Saturday) at 2.30pm and 7.45pm.

 

Best available tickets for £15

Book online, in person or over the phone with Barbican

Phone: 020 7638 8891   Discount code is ‘Wang Tang Offer’
online: http://www.barbican.org.uk/theatre/event-detail.asp?ID=14749  Discount Code is 31001

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Tommy Franzen and ‘The Five & The Prophecy of Prana’

I’m so happy and overwhelmed by what the reviewers have said about my performance of Wang Tang in The Five & The Prophecy of Prana. Playing a role like Wang Tang has been a dream role for me since I was a little boy. I’ve always been very much into martial arts and if it wasn’t for my passion for dancing, I think I would’ve gone down the martial arts route instead. So mixing my dream role with two of my biggest passions, martial arts and dancing, I’ve really been able to embrace this whole project on a deep level. I’m so grateful for the opportunity that Kenrick Sandy and Mikey J Asante has given me.

For people who follows me and my career I wanted share with you the quotes I’ve had from the press regarding this show. I can’t tell you how honoured I am to have some reviewers writing these things about me…

The Times by Donald Hutera

“The troubled Master Wang Tang must whip them into shape. He’s played by the wonderful Tommy Franzén, a dancer whose economy, agility and strength can hardly be bettered. Franzén might be the reason alone to watch The Five & The Prophecy of Prana.

Original article – http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/arts/stage/dance/article3902282.ece

The Guardian by Judith Mackrell

Tommy Franzén as Wang Tang is outstanding. As an actor Franzén is delightful, convincing both as maudlin drunk and wise seer. As a dancer he’s mesmerising, not only in the virtuoso hip-hop routines but in the silken lyricism of his t’ai chi-inspired solos. In his performance alone, you can see a whole new future for hip-hop.”

Original article – http://www.theguardian.com/stage/2013/oct/24/boy-blue-five-prophecy-prana-review

The Independent by Zoe Anderson

“Delinquents are given a chance to redeem themselves by training with the monk, danced by the marvellous Tommy Franzén. Franzén is heroic, finding both the dignity of an old sage and the quicksilver attack of a warrior.”

Original article – http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/theatre-dance/reviews/dance-review-boy-blue-entertainment-barbican-theatre-london-8901108.html#

The Telegraph by Sarah Crompton

“The leading character is Wang Tang – mentor and teacher to the young gang of five, but a man with a troubled past. He is danced by Tommy Franzen, famous both for his television appearances and performances in shows as diverse as Kate Prince’s Some Like it Hip Hop and Russell Maliphant’s The Rodin Project. In everything he does, he has such silkily, weightless skills he is the epitome of grace.”

Original article  – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/10402127/The-Five-and-the-Prophecy-of-Prana-Barbican-Centre-review.html

British Theatre guide

“Winner of this year’s Critic Circle’s National Dance Award for Outstanding Performance in Modern Dance (Male), Tommy Franzén (Some Like It Hip-Hop and Russell Maliphant’s The Rodin Project) is for me the star of the show.”

Original article – http://www.britishtheatreguide.info/reviews/the-five-and-th-barbican-theatr-9550

The Stage.co.uk by Neil Norman

“The dancers combine streetdance moves with martial arts with some brilliance – especially the amazing Tommy Franzen.”

Original article – http://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/review.php/39085/the-five-and-the-prophecy-of-prana

Dancetabs by Lise Smith

“Franzén is in fine form as troubled hero Wang Tang, melding tutting and b-boying and kung-fu with the elegant fluidity of a tai-chi form.”

Original article – http://dancetabs.com/2013/10/boy-blue-entertainment-the-five-and-the-prophecy-of-prana-london/

Londondance.com by Graham Watts

“The performances throughout the cast were excellent. Tommy Franzén provided depth to the complicated central character of Wang Tang, the sole surviving good Guardian who battles the demons of scandal and drink.”

Original article – http://londondance.com/articles/reviews/boy-blue-entertainment-the-five-and-the-prophecy-3/

By Hugo GlendinningPhoto by Hugo Glendinning

Show finished 2nd Nov 2014 so as of time of writing there is still time to see the show. Book your tickets here!

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4 star review by The Times for The Five & the Prophecy of Prana

4 star review by The Times for The Five & the Prophecy of Prana

A lovely review by Donald Hutera. I’m very honoured by his words!

Inside Dance – Interview with Tommy at Move It 2013

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