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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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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


Sternberg Clarke – Dance Month Q&A: Tommy Franzen from So You Think You Can Dance

Click HERE to get to the Sternberg and Clarke’s blog.


Dance to this – Tommy Franzen at Cloud Dance Festival 2011

http://www.dancetothis.tv/video.php?id=672

“Since SYTYCD Tommy Franzen has been busy. He’s just about to start 4 weeks of the ZooNation’s new show ‘Some Like it Hip Hop’ as co-lead, dance captain and choreographer and we caught up with him at Cloud Dance Festival in Summer (cloud-dance-festival.org.uk). Here he is talking about his work with Royal Ballet soloist Kristen McNally, performing her piece ‘Don’t hate the player, hate the game’ and showing us how to do some moves. Get your crash mat and knee pads out. You’ll need them.”

 


Come with me behind the scenes of the “Some Like It Hip Hop” rehearsals!

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

Opens 20th October 2011 at Peacock Theatre London and is on until 19th November 2011. Book your tickets here:

http://www.sadlerswells.com/show/ZooNation-Some-Like-It-Hip-Hop


Some Like It Hip Hop website now Live!

http://slihh.zoonation.co.uk/

ZooNation’s Some Like It Hip Hop will preview at the Birmingham Hippodrome 13th – 15th October and will then run at the Sadler’s Wells Peacock Theatre 20th October – 19th November.

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4Vlh1aSiAE


Sky Art’s documentary on @sadlerswells including @lizziegough Teneisha Bonner and myself rehearsing for ZooNation’s “Some Like It Hip Hop”

Just copy the link below and paste it into the web browser to watch Sky Art’s 8 minute documentary on Sadler’s Wells.

http://video.sky.com/skyarts/related/23652/0/Sky%20Arts%20At%20Sadler&amp#8217%3Bs%20Wells



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.


Highlights video of my performance of “Don’t hate the Player, Hate the Game”.

This is the highlights from when I performed a solo choreographed by Kristen McNally called “Don’t hate the Player, Hate the Game” at Cloud Dance Festival 23rd July 2011.


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


The Tuborg beer ident I’m in

I filmed an ident for Tuborg beer a few weeks ago and it’s now showing on TV. For you who don’t know Tuborg is a Danish beer owned by Carlsberg. Tubrog is also a city, which I used to take the ferry to from Sweden when I was younger. One of the 3 ferries going on that route was called Dana and my dad made the blueprints for it. So Tuborg feels a bit special to me and it’s very popular in Scandinavia.

The ident is for a competition to win a chance to direct LMFAO’s next music video. The new competition could see you fly to the US to direct the band’s next £50,000 music promo. For more details visit http://www.facebook.com/TuborgUK


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.”


25 minute “Behind The Scenes” of Swagger Jagger incl an interview with myself

Here is the record label Syco’s 25 minute Behind The Scenes of Cher Lloyd’s Swagger Jagger Music Video. It includes an interview with myself but also with the Director, Make up artist, Hair stylist, Dancers and Stylists.


Behind the scenes video of Cher Lloyd’s music video Swagger Jagger

Here is a behind the scenes video by The Found Collective of Cher Lloyd’s music video Swagger Jagger.

Production Company: The Found Collective

Post Production: Mainframe

Directors: Mike Sharpe and Marcus Moresby

Choreographer: Tommy Franzen

http://www.vimeo.com/2648084


Last night of my performance at the Cloud Dance Festival. 24th July at Pleasance Theatre in Islington.


I’m performing a solo called “Don’t hate the player, Hate the game” that is choreographed by Royal Ballet soloist Kristen McNally. It was originally choreographed on another Royal Ballet soloist Thomas Whitehead but as he is unavailable I’m doing it on the 23rd and 24th July.http://www.cloud-dance-fes​tival.org.uk/Firefly/Tommy​-Franz%C3%A9n.htmlhttp://www.cloud-dance-fes​tival.org.uk/Firefly/Krist​en-McNally.htmlThere are loads more contemporary dance acts over the three day event so it’s definitely worth coming down to.Here is the line up
http://www.cloud-dance-fes​tival.org.uk/Firefly/

Book your tickets here for only £10.
http://www.cloud-dance-fes​tival.org.uk/Tickets.html

22-24th July.

Photo credit: The Ballet Bag ©

Some photos from when I was on MTV’s “On Set With Cher Lloyd”



Tommy Franzen’s Choreography Showreel 2011

Since finishing as the runner up in BBC1′s “So You Think You Can Dance” UK season 1, Tommy has since then been a busy choreographer. He is Cher Lloyd’s choreographer for Swagger Jagger and is currently choreographing for ZooNation’s new show “Some Like It Hip Hop”.  Tommy also choreographed in the streetdance show “Blaze”.
Hope you like it!

Music by Ben Perry
Edited by Tommy Franzen


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!


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