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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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
The Stage.co.uk by Neil Norman
“The dancers combine streetdance moves with martial arts with some brilliance – especially the amazing Tommy Franzen.”
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.”
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.”
Show finished 2nd Nov 2014 so as of time of writing there is still time to see the show. Book your tickets here!
The Rodin Project. Photo: PR
Russell Maliphant’s 2009 work AfterLight was created in response to the drawings of Vaslav Nijinsky, to the dynamic energy and tension that the great dancer evoked through pencil and paper as well as through his body on stage. Now Maliphant turns to the drawings and sculptures of August Rodin for inspiration. Using a very mixed cast of dancers – skilled in popping and breaking as well as contemporary dance, and including all-round virtuoso Tommy Franzen – Maliphant aims not so much to recreate such famous Rodin images as The Kiss, rather to draw on their physical mass, form and drama. It’s set to a newly commissioned score by Russian composer Alexander Zekke, with a design team including Es Devlin, Stevie Stewart and long-term Maliphant collaborator Michael Hulls.
Sadler’s Wells, EC1, Sun
I’m part of the 2nd iPhone dance app from Make Dance called “Street”. Learn moves from some of the UK’s finest dancers including Turbo, Lizzie Gough, myself and many more.
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.
Well this was recorded last November so it’s kind of a bit dated! They used some weird clips of me and Lizzie (well particularly me lol) which would rather qualify as outtakes. Haha! Never mind…. Enjoy!
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!
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 Franzen and Charlie Bruce’s hip hop routine from week 1 of So You Think You Can Dance 2010. Video clip includes the VT and the judge’s comments as well.
Choreography: Simeon Qseya.
Music: “The Way I Are” by Timberland
Tommy, Lizzie and Turbo at UDO National High School Street Dance Championships 2010.
Simeon Qseya choreographed a hip hop routine for the choreography camp of So You Think You Can Dance 2011 and Tommy & Lizzie performed it for the contestants. Afterwards Simeon, Tommy and Lizzie taught the routine to the contestants but unfortunately the performance didn’t make the edit in episode 2. The video of Tommy & Lizzie rehearsing the routine is by no means polished as it was done in 2 hours but I thought it might be interesting to see the whole routine.
Tommy is judging the UDO European Street Dance Championships 2011 at Euro Disney in Paris 8-10th April. All the judges will be doing a little showcase on the Saturday the 9th as well. Other judges are Turbo (UK), Mathias (France), Artemy (Russia), Malika (France), Glen Ball (UK), Sanflex (Holland) and Brendybb (Germany).
Tommy Franzen’s solo from “So You Think You Can Dance UK”. Series 1 week 4. The song is Blame It On The Boogie by Jackson 5.
As Move It 2011 was so successful we would like to offer everyone free delivery on all orders over £30 from my website shop until end of April. We’ve also kept our Ultimate Combo Deal from Move it, which includes a -T-shirt, sweatshirt and a mug for £40. Including the free delivery that will save you almost £15!!! Any size, any colour. Mix and match.
I’ve just revamped my showreel and uploaded it to YouTube in HD resolution. Hope you enjoy it!
I will be performing at Karen Hardy’s event “Party Masquerade” on the 31st March. The venue is Wyndham Grand Hotel in Chelsea Harbour and I will do two solos.
For more info visit http://www.karenhardystudios.com
This is the video of mine and Lizzie’s performance at Move it 2011. Captured by Retox Magazine. Enjoy!
Here is the link to watch ZooNation’s performance at the Olivier Awards 2011. I had great fun performing in it so I hope you enjoy watching it.