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Tenisha Bonner and I live on BBC Radio Saturday Breakfast Show 94.9FM 25th May

Join us tomorrow morning (25th May) on BBC Radio Saturday Breakfast Show 94.9FM at 8.15am. The show is hosted by Joanne Good & Simon Lederman We’ll be talking about Some Like It Hip Hop. Hope you enjoy! 🙂


Half price tickets for Some Like It Hip Hop!!!

Hello everybody!

This is just to let you know that you can get half price tickets to Some Like It Hip Hop this week only! This season I’m only performing 4 shows per week so do get in touch via my email address info@tommyfranzen.com if you are planning to book tickets to make sure I’m performing that day. This week I’m performing Wednesday the 22nd, Friday the 25th and Saturday night the 26th. You can either book tickets online here or phone box office on 0844 412 4322 and use the promotional code ‘PCDWOS’ to get half price tickets this week (excluding Thursday and Saturday). The only two days that I’m performing and you can use the discount code for is Wednesday and Friday.

Hope you can make it!!! xxx

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Tommy receives a NDA Awards 2012 for ‘Outstanding Male Performance (Modern)’

3rd time lucky and I receive an Award for my efforts in ‘Some Like It Hip Hop’ and ‘The Rodin Project’. In 2010 I was nominated in the same award and last year an Olivier Award for ‘Outstanding Performance in Dance’.

Even better is that Teneisha Bonner also won an award for ‘Outstanding Female Performance (Modern)’ for Some Like It Hip Hop’.

Here is the full list of award winners http://dancetabs.com/2013/01/2012-uk-national-dance-awards-winners-announced/

NDA Award 2012  NDA Winners 2012

Photographer: Elliot FranksTeneisha and Tommy NDA's 2012 Tommy at NDA 2012

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MoveTube: the terrific Tommy Franzén – a National Dance awards shoo-in? By Judith Mackrell

With his quicksilver fluency and remarkable range – from B-boy dance to balletic grace – the former So You Think You Can Dance runner-up deserves to win this time.

Judith Mackrell

Tommy Franzén

Monumental … National Dance awards nominee Tommy Franzén performs in the Rodin Project at Sadler’s Wells. Photograph: Tristram Kenton for the Guardian

Last week, the nominations were announced for this year’s National Dance awards, and it’s no surprise that Tommy Franzén is in the running for outstanding male dancer. Whether touring in Zoo Nation’s Some Like it Hip Hop and Russell Maliphant’s The Rodin Project, or starring in Flashmob during its long Edinburgh run, there can hardly have been a night when Franzén wasn’t on stage during the past 12 months. But its not his stamina that makes him outstanding, it’s the quality and range of his dancing.

This glitzy showreel, culled from his appearance in the BBC’s So You Think You Can Dance, offers a quick tour around his signature skills. On a purely athletic level, there may be other B-boy dancers who execute fiercer turns or hold more heartstopping balances than Franzén – but I’ve seen none to match his quicksilver fluency. He glides and twists through a dance phrase like an eel (0.25-30), yet at the same time moves with a buoyancy that brings air and light to his footwork (0.50–59). It’s the hip-hop equivalent of classical ballon, and Franzén – who has worked with ballet dancers like Tamara Rojo in the past – seems to be consciously working classical elements into his repertory. At 1.27 he slips a brief pirouette in among the B-boy spins, while the climactic tumbling spin that concludes his final routine is like a reckless hip-hop version of the classical revoltade, in which the dancer appears to be vaulting over his own leg.

These clips were assembled to show Franzén’s best, point-scoring moves in SYTYCD. But while the shenanigans of the personality contest element robbed him of first place, what made him the honorary winner of that series was the exceptional musicality of his performances. In the first three routines, every move maximises the surface speed and bounce of the rhythm, yet Franzén still has the time to fill out the larger phrases, carving out his own expressive structure. It’s the secret of great popular dancing (Astaire had it too) and it’s very evident in the Beggin’ clip, where Franzén captures the song’s core dynamic of emotional yearning (the suspended spiral at 0.23) even while hurtling forward on its beat. In the final slow routine, set to Justin Timberlake’s Cry Me a River, it’s fascinating to watch him experimenting with the natural choppy pulse of hip-hop – slowing it down, stretching it out across the action of his arms and torso.

Franzén’s willingness to push himself against the grain of his genre is even more impressive in this clip from Classical Break, choreographed by Tony Adigun to a fragment of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata.

The music develops through challengingly slow increments of harmony and melody – if Adigun’s choreographic response occasionally seems a tad gauche (0.58), Franzén’s body gets deep inside it. Here too he rounds out every phrase (O.24), but there’s a floating suspension to some of his movements (0.28-30) and a miraculous, gliding evenness of footwork (1.19) that create an uncanny dialogue with the long, romantic lines of the score.

Franzén can also do stillness, and in the concluding moments of this solo you can see him daring to use the full force of his physical presence. It’s a quality that made him a natural dancer for Maliphant, even though the latter’s choreography owes far more to the meditative dynamic of t’ai chi than the urban gregariousness of hip-hop.

In this section of the wall duet from the Rodin Project, Franzén and his fellow B-boy dancer Dickson Mbi perform the extraordinary feat of dancing on a vertical plane. It takes strength and balance (Franzén is also a dedicated rock climber), but their graceful, molten manoeuvres combine a fusion of the human and the monumental that’s powerfully affecting – and a true homage to Rodin’s art.

Click here to view original article on The Guardian website.

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Newspaper articles autumn 2012

Here are some of the newspaper cut-outs that I’ve been featured in this autumn…

 

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Tommy nominated a Critics’ Circle National Dance Award “Outstanding Male Performance (Modern)” for the 2nd time.

I have for the second time the great honour of being nominated in this category. This time for my efforts in Some Like It Hip Hop and The Rodin Project. Last time it was for Blaze and Goldberg.

Kate Prince got nominated for Best New Modern Choreography for Some Like It Hip Hop. Although it was also choreographed Carrie-Anne Ingrouille and myself, they have chosen to just mention one choreographer.

Teneisha Bonner was also nominated for Outstanding Female Performance (Modern).

That makes it 3 nomination for Some Like It Hip Hop this year!! Very pleased 🙂

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I was BBC Radio Joanne Good’s show to promote #somelikeithiphop

I was invited to join The Late show with Joanne Good on BBC Radio the other day to speak about Some Like It Hip Hop. It was short and sweet but I thoroughly enjoyed it. You can have a listen to it here from 49 minutes in http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00yhjw9

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Kate Prince, Tommy Franzen and Some Like It Hip Hop on BBC London News

For anyone who missed us on telly then you can watch it here on BBC iPlayer. From 19.20 onwards.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01n3bpq/BBC_London_News_03_10_2012/

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Amazing #SomeLikeitHipHop photos by Jane Hobson! @Sadlerswells

These are photos are taken by photographer Jane Hobson from our photo call on the 19th September 2012. We opened Some Like It Hip Hop at the Peacock Theatre on 20th September 2012 for our second season there. The show has been revamped and the audience response had been absolutely incredible so far.

To view Jane’s photos of Some Like It Hip Hop click on the link below.

http://janehobson.photoshelter.com/gallery/Some-Like-It-Hip-Hop-2012-Peacock/G0000ACSNul5XRdw/1

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Book your tickets here!

 
The photo below is taken from one of the new sections I have choreographed for the 2012 version of Some Like It Hip Hop.

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Discount code for Some Like It Hip Hop “PCDCELEBRATE”

This little ad was found in the paper. It gives you the 2 top priced tickets for half price 20-27th September excluding weekends. Use the code “pcdcelebrate” HERE in the Promotional Code Box to claim your half priced tickets.

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