INTRODUCING MOVE IT 2022 CREATIVE AMBASSADOR ZOONATION: THE KATE PRINCE COMPANY...

ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company

Introducing your MOVE IT 2022 Creative Ambassador ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company. We want to help celebrate the Company’s 20th anniversary and the impact they have had in the sector. You can see this through our Headliners this year, 3 of which have been heavily involved in Zoonation: The Kate Prince Company and have worked alongside her as well as developing their own artistic endeavours.

ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company was founded by Kate Prince in 2002 and is best known for its work in the theatre, creating full length narrative dance productions strongly influenced by hip hop culture and music. They fortify this work with an extensive programme of engagement and talent development, working with different communities and young artists to increase their skills, knowledge and confidence in our styles of dance theatre.

Whilst working as a choreographer for music acts on television and in music videos, Kate was distracted by the immense talent of the dancers backing the artists. She founded ZooNation as a company that could highlight the skills of these ‘backing dancers’ and give them their own platform as artists in their own right. At the time, the career path for a ‘backing dancer’ was limited whilst for a contemporary, ballet or musical theatre dancer, the breadth of employment opportunities was vast. The first production, BoxBeat, was performed at Sadler’s Wells in the Lilian Baylis studio. It told a loose tale of three children who ran away from home and got lost in a new world of vibrant dance and music. This same idea was to be developed three years later to become Into the Hoods.

They have gained significant recognition for their artistic excellence through a variety of associateships which reflect the diverse facets of their work as artistic leaders, a trailblazing company and an enabler of the next generation of talent.

CURRENT ASSOCIATIONS

• Kate Prince as Associate Artist and ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company as Resident Company at Sadler’s Wells
• ZooNation Youth Company (ZYC) as Resident Company at Southbank Centre
• ZooNation: The Kate Prince Company being an Associate company at Southampton Mayflower
• Kate Prince as Associate Artist at Old Vic

PORTFOLIO OF PRODUCTIONS

• Message In A Bottle
• SYLVIA
• Some Like It Hip Hop
• Into the Hoods
• Groove on Down the Road
• The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
• ZooNation: Unplugged

NEWS & UPDATES

• In 2022 ZooNation are celebrating their 20th anniversary!
• ZooNation are now officially on the BTEC Dance syllabus – for schools, they offer resource packs, educational streaming links and both digital or in-person workshops for schools. More info on all can be found here.
• ZooNation Academy of Dance – chance to train with Zoo artists hosted on Saturdays at Urdang. More info here

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