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Buy tickets for THE RODIN PROJECT at Sadler’s Wells now in October! 50% sold already.

The tickets has gone on sale for The Russell Maliphant Company’s “The Rodin Project” at Sadler’s Wells 29th-31st October. I noticed that half of the tickets are already sold so you better get in there quick. Follow the link below to book your tickets and have a look at the trailer too.

http://www.sadlerswells.com/show/Russell-Maliphant-Company-The-Rodin-Project

 


I’ve been nominated an Olivier Award 2012 for Outstanding Achievement in Dance

I’ve been nominated a Laurence Olivier Award 2012 for Outstanding Achievement in Dance for my efforts in Some Like It Hip Hop. It’s an immense honour for me and also for the fact that I’m in the same category as Sylvie Guillem. That means it will be very hard to win it but just being nominated is amazing enough for me.

Some Like It Hip Hop is also nominated for Best New Dance Show whereof  I’m one of the choreographers alongside Kate Prince and Carrie-Anne Ingrouille. Additional choreography by Duwane Taylor and Ryan Chappell.

Fingers crossed we’ll win something!!

http://londondance.com/articles/news/olivier-awards-2012/

http://www.olivierawards.com/nominations/view/item137195/outstanding-achievement-in-dance/

The Award ceremony will be at the Royal Opera House 15th of April 2012 and can be watched on BBC red button, Radio 2 and online.


The Russell Maliphant Company is coming to Huddersfield with The Rodin Project Monday 27th Feb

It’s the only chance to come and watch it up in the north a the moment. Would love to see you there!

Click on the link below to book tickets.

http://www.thelbt.org/Rodin-Project


Tommy and Charlie Quickstep SYTYCD UK 2010 plus VT and judges comments

Tommy Franzen and Charlie Bruce’s Quickstep routine week 5 of So You Think You Can Dance UK 2010. Video clip also includes the judges comments.

Choreography: Karen Hardy
Music: Do Your Thing – Basement Jaxx


I’ll be judging and performing at UDO World Streetdance Championships 2011

The UDO World Street Dance Championships 2011 will be held in Blackpool from 26-28th August. I’ll be judging the competition, perform a solo and selling my merchandise.


An accumilation of reviews from my performance of “Don’t hate the Player, Hate the Game” by Kristen McNallly at Cloud Dance Festival 2011

Retox Magazine - M. Andre

“Tommy Franzen, as expected, gave a blasting performance to close the show – the best saved for the last.

Tommy Franzen turns the stage into a serious sizzler

The versatile hip-hop sensation Tommy Franzen, the first ever hip-hop dancer who was nominated for a Critics’ Circle National Dance Award earlier this year gave a heated performance effortlessly accelerating into top gear with his breaks, as always, in tact.

As we know, Tommy Franzen was an aerialist in the opening ceremony for the Asian Games, and in the closing ceremony Tommy played a lead character as an actor. Tommy Franzen also has a strong background in musical theatre and has previously taken dance classes in a variety of styles. Defining Tommy as a hip-hop dancer would therefore be a bit of an understatement. Much of what we saw during the So You Think You Can Dance series last year and even on Saturday night at Cloud Dance Festival where Tommy Franzen stepped into the role created by the Royal Ballet’s soloist Thomas Whitehead in Kristen McNally’s famous choreographed piece “Don’t Hate The Player, Hate The Game”, which he very much made it his own, not only shows Tommy’s passion for different forms of dance but continues to exhibit skill and talent. No wonder Urdang Academy offered Tommy a scholarship back in 2000.”

Thepublicreviews.com – Tony Stotts-Rates

“Festival headliner Kristen McNally’s enjoyable Don’t hate the player, Hate the game, was a worthy close to the night and hip hop dancer Tommy Franzen a very engaging performer. McNally is known for her use of pop culture music and references mixed with some exciting choreography to create fresh cutting edge pieces. In this she successfully merges various dance styles from breaking to contemporary ballet movement which is effectively explored and performed by b-boy Franzen. What makes this piece stand out for me was how palpably the dancer enjoyed dancing it, it was sexy and dangerous, humorous and fun, dancer and movement interacting with the music and lighting, bringing to mind James Bond, Cowboys, and suave and dapper gentleman partners at formal dances.”
Londondance.com – Libbo Costello

“Bringing Firefly to a close on Saturday was perhaps the most anticipated artist of the evening.  Tommy Franzen, of So You Think You Can Dance fame, performed Royal Ballet soloist, Kristen McNally’s Don’t Hate the Player, Hate the Game.  It was originally choreographed to Kanye West’s latest album, in the Apple Store, Covent Garden earlier this year.  With the audience helping to create the work, this was probably one of the first dance pieces to be made interactively in a shop.

Franzen took the place of Royal Ballet soloist Thomas Whitehead in this reworked solo and used his unique hip hop based style to ease through the movements.  At least part of the joy of watching Franzen is down to the sheer happiness he radiates when on stage.  McNally’s choreography saw him, with the help of the music, transform from gentry to city slicker in a few brief movements.”

Dance Ink

“Highlights of the evening included Kristen McNally’s work, Don’t hate the player, Hate the game, danced exquisitely by Tommy Franzen. The music, moves and charisma had the audience laughing for the mere joy of it.”

The Londonist – Lindsey Clarke

“Star billing goes to all round ace and SYTYCD star, Tommy Franzen dancing a solo by Royal Ballet soloist and groovy mix it up with hip hop choreography cat, Kristen McNally. Tommy is – as always – awesome”

Laura Dodge

“Known for her small-scale ‘indie ballets’ with modern cultural references, Kristen McNally’s choreography fuses numerous dance styles to varied sound accompaniment – from music to the spoken word. Don’t hate the player, Hate the game was an utterly engaging piece and a comment on people’s need to conform rather than dare to be original. Hip-hop dancer Tommy Franzén was exquisite, especially in robotic body isolations where he moved minute body parts with the utmost precision. He seemed to be testing out different identities in order to find one that fitted, always moving with a tangible pleasure and allure. At times bouncy, at others poignant and everything in between, Don’t hate the player rounded off the evening with a punch.”

” Sunday evening concluded with a second showing of Kristen McNally’s Don’t hate the player, Hate the game. Again performed exceptionally by Tommy Franzén, this rounded off Cloud Dance Festival’s weekend of choreographic treats wonderfully.”

Celia Moran

“Kristen McNally’s Dont hate the player, Hate the game performed by Tommy Franzen left no dance genre unturned. Franzén sauntered from popping, to breaking , mime and contemporary seamlessly. However, writing this made me question: why is this noteworthy? If a breaking move fits in the music alongside contemporary, why should it be out of context? It’s all dance, isn’t it? Although McNally will admit: ‘it was based on my interest in the Stanford prison experiment and our nature to conform to a perceived ideal. As always it ended up a million miles from this!’ I’ll forgive a tangent when it’s this enjoyable to watch!”

Kim Lofthouse (Cultiv8 Arts)

“The night culminated with Kristen McNally’s “Don’t hate the player, Hate the game”, an edgy indie ballet performed by hip-hop dancer Tommy Franzén. The exquisite choreography is peppered with pop culture references from Reservoir Dogs to Michael Jackson and this is reflected in the modern score and the urban edge that Franzén brings to the classical ballet movements within the piece. The themes of conformity & control that inspired McNally quickly become evident as the dancer shifts seamlessly between conforming to and resisting the demands of the music. Franzén personifies this character wonderfully, engaging the audience throughout and leading us on the same adrenaline-filled journey that he is going through on stage. The blending of the classical and the modern is the true genius of this piece, making it endlessly engaging to a modern audience of dance lovers and dance first timers.”

“The climax of the night was Kristen McNally’s “Don’t hate the player, Hate the game”, an edgy indie ballet performed by hip-hop dancer, Tommy Franzén. Normally, I struggle to watch dance pieces more than once and still feel the same sense of excitement as I do the first time, but this was definitely not the case for this one. The pop culture references and blend of humanity & urban edginess that Franzén brings to this piece resonated as loudly the second time as it had the first, enthralling the audience. It was truly a joy to be able to watch this piece a second time and pick up on the subtler nuances of McNally’s choreography that underpin the tangible energy of this piece and its dynamic blend of old and new, urban and classical.  It is this mixture that sets the piece apart from its rivals as something truly original. A wonderfully high-octane end to a fantastic weekend of dance.”

Michelle Harris

“Closing the show with a work that in contrast brought some light relief to the evenings more serious offerings was Firefly’s festival headliner Kristen McNally. A soloist for the Royal Ballet, McNally presented Don’t Hate The Player, Hate The Game, a quirky animated solo, reworked for the BBC’s ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ finalist and ZooNation’s star Tommy Franzén. Although originally based on McNally’s interest in the Stanford prison experiment, it’s not this narrative that ultimately shines through during the dance, but Franzen himself, with an absorbing and charismatic performance.

Whether a debonair hero, cowboy or enthusiastic Elvis impersonator, Franzén struts, body pops, leaps and windmills his way through the material, gloriously imitating the melo-dramatic intro to Michael Bubles’ ‘Cry Me A River’ and then a beaty, up-tempo electronic track. A fusion of Street Dance, Contemporary and Balletic styles, McNally’s witty, cutting edge choreography sits well on Franzen, effectively showcasing his talent for versatility and musicality. If there’s one criticism for McNally it’s that this enjoyable escapade seems to end too soon.”

Susanne Allen

“The evening drew to a close with an outstanding performance by Swedish-born dancer Tommy Franzén, with choreography by Royal Ballet soloist Kristen McNally. Don’t hate the player, Hate the game was truly worth the wait as Franzén plays out numerous styles from classical ballet to body popping and hip-hop, a style Franzén is renowned for, which was utterly superb.  There has been a buzz of excitement surrounding Cloud Dance Festival this year like no other Festival before it, and for me, this performance was the reason. McNally’s unique choreography and Franzén’s mesmerising performance was breathtaking.”

© Jonathan Hughes

© Jonathan Hughes


Video of ZooNation’s performance at The Olivier Awards 2011 West Side Story

This is a performance I did with ZooNation at the Olivier Awards 2011 and was broadcast on BBC Red Button. It was mainly choreographed by Kate Prince but Duwane Taylor, Teneisha Bonner and I helped her with certain sections. It’s the BBC Symphony Orchestra playing an out take from West Side Story.

Dancers: Tommy Franzén, Denny Haywood, Rowen Hawkins, Duwane Taylor, Rob Anker, Sarah Louise Richards, Lizzie Gough, Teneisha Bonner, Natasha Gooden, Suki Wong, Corey Culverwell ,Michael McNeish, Liam Francis and Isaac Edwards


Tommy & Charlie Jazz week 5 plus judges comments

Here is the Jazz routine from week 5 that Charlie Bruce and I did in So You Think You Can Dance UK 2010. Video clip also includes the judges comments.

Choreography: Sean Cheeseman
Music: Circus by Britney Spears


Thoughts on Firefly – Cloud Dance Festival on Dance Ink

Here is another great article about Cloud Dance Festival – Firefly from last weekend.

http://danceink.co.uk/2011/07/25/firefly-cloud-dance-festival/

A quote from the article:

“Highlights of the evening included Kristen McNally’s work, Don’t hate the player, Hate the game, danced exquisitely by Tommy Franzen. The music, moves and charisma had the audience laughing for the mere joy of it.”

Photo by James Rowbotham 2011


Retox Magazine’s review of Cloud Dance Festival – Firefly. It’s having me feel enormously honoured!

M. Andre from Retox Magazine came to watch Cloud Dance Festival – Firefly on Saturday the 23rd of July and this is her review of it. She has written such nice things about me and I’m still buzzing from reading it. I’m very happy…

http://www.retoxmagazine.com/cloud-dance-festival-firefly-pleasance-theatre.html

Here is an outtake from what she wrote:

“Tommy Franzen, as expected, gave a blasting performance to close the show – the best saved for the last.

Tommy Franzen turns the stage into a serious sizzler

The versatile hip-hop sensation Tommy Franzen, the first ever hip-hop dancer who was nominated for a Critics’ Circle National Dance Award earlier this year gave a heated performance effortlessly accelerating into top gear with his breaks, as always, in tact.

As we know, Tommy Franzen was an aerialist in the opening ceremony for the Asian Games, and in the closing ceremony Tommy played a lead character as an actor. Tommy Franzen also has a strong background in musical theatre and has previously taken dance classes in a variety of styles. Defining Tommy as a hip-hop dancer would therefore be a bit of an understatement. Much of what we saw during the So You Think You Can Dance series last year and even on Saturday night at Cloud Dance Festival where Tommy Franzen stepped into the role created by the Royal Ballet’s soloist Thomas Whitehead in Kristen McNally’s famous choreographed piece “Don’t Hate The Player, Hate The Game”, which he very much made it his own, not only shows Tommy’s passion for different forms of dance but continues to exhibit skill and talent. No wonder Urdang Academy offered Tommy a scholarship back in 2000.”


First review of Cloud Dance Festival – Firefly on www.thepublicreviews.com

It was been a great weekend performing and watching the other brilliant dance acts. Cloud Dance Festival is created to celebrate contemporary dance and we sure did that for the last three days.

This was my first collaboration with Royal Ballet soloist Kristen McNally and I loved performing her solo “Don’t hate the Player, Hate the Game”. Outside The Royal Ballet Kristen is mostly known for her choreographic work  in the style of “Indie Ballet” but maybe when I perform it should be called “Indie Hop”? ;-)  I hope there will be more future collaborations with Kristen and I.

Here is the link to the first review I’ve found so far and below and outtake from the article.

http://www.thepublicreviews.com/cloud-dance-festival-firefly-pleasance-theatre-london/

“Festival headliner Kristen McNally’s enjoyable Don’t hate the player, Hate the game, was a worthy close to the night and hip hop dancer Tommy Franzen a very engaging performer. McNally is known for her use of pop culture music and references mixed with some exciting choreography to create fresh cutting edge pieces. In this she successfully merges various dance styles from breaking to contemporary ballet movement which is effectively explored and performed by b-boy Franzen. What makes this piece stand out for me was how palpably the dancer enjoyed dancing it, it was sexy and dangerous, humorous and fun, dancer and movement interacting with the music and lighting, bringing to mind James Bond, Cowboys, and suave and dapper gentleman partners at formal dances.”

Photographer: David Clerihew


I’m performing a promo of Some Like It Hip Hop with ZooNation at Magical Of The Musicals tonight.

We are performing a 17 minute promo from ZooNation’s new show Some Like It Hip Hop at Canada Square Park tonight at 7.30pm and it’s FREE!!! Why not come down to see what this new hip hop show, that I am partly choreographing and performing in, is all about?

The event is called Magical Of The Musicals and will be an evening full of entertainment.

We are opening Some Like It Hip Hop at Sadler’s Wells Peacock Theatre on the 20th October 2011 until 19th November 2011.

Buy your tickets here http://www.sadlerswells.com/show/ZooNation-Some-Like-It-Hip-Hop

Here is the trailer again for anyone who hasn’t seen or anyone who wants to see it again ;-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcRtG8NL41Q




The Video of Cher Lloyd’s performance at T4 On The Beach

I have just arrived home after an amazing week with team Cher Lloyd. I’m so proud of her and it was a pleasure working with her again. This is Cher Lloyd’s first live performance of her debut single “Swagger Jagger”. I’m so pleased for the opportunity to have choreographed this important single for her. It was also very important to me as this was the first time I choreographed an artist’s show like this.

Choreographer: Tommy Franzen

Assistant Choreographer: Maria Swainson (RiRi Productions)

Dancers: Pete Francis, Sarah Jane, Ivan Blackstock, Charlie Mayhew, Shaun Smith, Stephanie Sit, Mikey Frome, Kirsty Diers, Dan Uppal and Shannelle Fergus

DJ: Helena Boyce

I hope you like it!


Tommy to perform Royal Ballet soloist Kirsten McNally’s solo at Cloud Dance Festival 23, 24th July

I will be taking over the role created by Royal Ballet’s Thomas Whitehead, in Royal Ballet soloist Kristen McNally’s “indie ballet” work ‘Don’t Blame The Player, Blame The Game’. Come to Cloud Dance Festival at the Pleasance Theatre in Islington on the 23rd and 24th of July to watch it.

http://www.cloud-dance-festival.org.uk/Firefly/Tommy-Franz%C3%A9n.html

http://westend.broadwayworld.com/article/Cloud-Dance-Festival-Firefly-Plays-Pleasance-Theatre-20110623

Photo credit: Ben Delfont


I’m performing in ZooNation ‘s Some Like It Hip Hop today at Westendlive 5.20pm

We’ll be performing a 20 minute extract of Some Like It Hip Hop at West End Live today (Saturday the 18th June). It’s taking place at Trafalgar Square at 5.20. Come and watch us to see what you can expect from the full show from 20th October – 19th November at Sadler’s Wells Peacock Theatre.

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EB3Le9_bUE)


My interview with Digital Spy. Where am I now, a year on since SYTYCD?

So You Think You Can Dance - Tommy

Tommy Franzén
2010 runner-up Tommy was nominated for a Critics’ Circle National Dance Award and is currently working with X Factor star Cher Lloyd.

How have the last 12 months been?
“It’s been brilliant and it’s still accelerating. It’s not stopped even 12 months on. I have moved slightly into choreography. I haven’t done that consciously because I want to dance for a bit longer. But I’ve had lots of requests and it’s just naturally moved that way without me trying. I can’t complain really.”

What projects are you working on right now?
“I’ve got three exciting projects at the moment. One is choreographing for Cher Lloyd, her first single and her promo tour, which is new to me. At the moment, I’ve got a show on at The Place, a show I’ve done with Supple, one of the choreographers for So You Think You Can Dance and creative director for Got To Dance . Then I’m also working on Some Like It Hip-Hop, where I’ll be choreographing and playing one of the leads. We’re doing a month of that at the Peacock Theatre.”

Is the Cher Lloyd work getting you lots of attention?
“The hype is so high about her. If you mention anything on Twitter all her fans start following me and start tweeting me, ‘say hello to Cher for me’. They are just so excited about what she’ll come out with, so I tease them a little bit with information and pieces like that.”

What do you make to her first single?
“I am actually. I think the song will do really well. Especially among teenagers. It’s really catchy. I think the video is going to be wicked too. From what I’ve seen on the shoot, I think it will be a good one. There is something special about her. She’s got that swagger and you can see that on X Factor when she’s performing. She moves really nicely too. She’s not a trained dancer or anything, but when she does, it’s really, really good.”

The So You Think You Can Dance final airs on Saturday at 7.15pm on BBC One.

By Alex Fletcher.


Tommy and Mandy Broadway SYTYCD season 1 incl VT and judges comments

Tommy Franzen and Mandy Montanez’s Broadway routine from week 4 of So You Think You Can Dance UK 2010. Video clip includes the VT and the judge’s comments. It’s so funny as I didn’t say ‘….we are an unfortunate couple…’  in that context. What I really said was ‘People might see us as an unfortunate couple but we feel very strong together’ or something like that. Lol!
I love Nigel Lythgoe’s comments at the end! His words makes me feel so honored.

Choreography: Stephen Mear
Music: There’s Got To Be Something Better Than This from Sweet Charity


Tommy to perform a solo piece at The Place Theatre in the show E.D.D!!!

I’m creating, alongside Supple (SYTYCD choreographer and Got To Dance creative director), a show called EDD!!, which is 20 minute solo piece for myself. The show will be on the 11th June 8pm at The Place Theatre in London for one night only as a part of a double bill. Book your tickets now!

http://www.theplace.org.uk/8663/whats-on/mickael-marso-riviere-supple-tommy-franzen.html


ZooNation’s “Some Like It Hip Hop” trailer. Tickets on sale now!

The tickets are finally on sale for ZooNation’s Some Like It Hip Hop at https://tickets.sadlerswells.com/performances2.asp?ShoID=1354 or call 08444124322.

We are doing a run from 20th October – 19th November at Peacock Theatre in London. The choreographers are Kate Prince, Tommy Franzen, Carrie-Anne Ingrouille, Ryan Chappell,  Duwane Tayler.

 

Watch the trailer!

Behind the scenes.


Tommy and Yanet Salsa SYTYCD UK season 1 incl VT and judges comments

Tommy Franzen and Yanet Fuentes Salsa routine from week 3 of So You Think You Can Dance UK 2010. Video clip includes the VT and the judge’s comments. I had never done salsa before and it was so difficult but I thoroughly enjoyed it. The Latin queen Yanet helped me a lot :)

Choreography: Richard Marcel
Music: La Malanga

 


Tommy in Crazy Easter Show – Supercalifragilistic

Here is another old video from 1998 when me, my sister and some friends of ours performed a show at a shopping centre called Center Syd in Sweden. We called ourselves The Crazy Bunch and we were indeed bonkers. We just had loads of fun in rehearsals and then shared our fun on stage. Hope you enjoy i as much as we did.

Choreography: Elena Franzén plus the rest of us.
Dancers: Tommy Franzén, Elena Franzén, Martin Emson and Petronella Löfstrand.

Song: Supercalifragilistic from Mary Poppins

 


Tommy, his sister Elena and some friends gets “Cabin Fever!!!” from Muppets Treasure Island

This is an old video from the 1998 Crazy Easter Show when me, my sister and some friends of ours performed at a shopping centre called Center Syd in Sweden. We called ourselves The Crazy Bunch and we were indeed BONKERS. We just had loads of fun in rehearsals and then shared our fun on stage. Hope you enjoy i as much as we did.

Choreography: Elena Franzén plus the rest of us.
Dancers: Tommy Franzén, Elena Franzén, Martin Emson and Petronella Löfstrand.

Song: Cabin Fever from Muppets Treasure Island

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Tommy and Charlie SYTYCD Pop Jazz week 2 incl VT and judges comments

Tommy and Charlie’s Pop Jazz routine from week 2 of So You Think You Can Dance 2010. Video clip includes the VT and the judge’s comments. Slightly cringe worthy VT for me with the drama going on between me and the choreographer but I’m sharing it anyway. The disagreement between Arlene and Sisco at the end is hilarious though.

Choreography: Frank Gatson
Music: “Everybody In Love” by JLS

 


Tommy dances in the cinemas in the opera The Fairy Queen

I was part of the Glyndebourne production of The Fairy Queen (by Henry Purcell) in 2009 as a dancer and aerialist. It was filmed and will premiere at Apollo Cinemas on the 8th May 2011 at 2.30pm. A big part of the cast will be going to watch the premiere at the Apollo cinema in Piccadilly Circus.

It can also be bought on DVD and Blu-ray

DVD http://glyndebourne.com/product/purcell-henry-fairy-queen-dvd-2009

Blu-ray http://glyndebourne.com/product/purcell-henry-fairy-queen-blu-ray-2009

Director: Jonathan Kent

Choreographer: Kim Brandstrup

The trailer can be watched by copy and past the below link into your web browser. (Look out for a green man with a bush on his head ;-)

Trailer: http://ow.ly/4Mukg


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