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article imageReview: The Five & the Prophecy of Prana Special

By Tim Sandle     Oct 4, 2014 in Entertainment
London - Set in modern Tokyo, "The Five and the Prophecy of Prana" is an extraordinary festival of dance, drama, manga art and cutting hip-hop. The show has been playing at The Barbican in London.
Described as "an action-packed hip-hop adventure of superhuman proportions", the performance of "The Five and the Prophecy of Prana" is exhilarating.
The story is one of five young troublemakers who, rather than face prison sentences for petty crimes, are given the opportunity to undertake martial arts training under the guidance of Grand Master of the Pih Poh Fu. As their training develops under a wise-old sage, the five are drawn into a power struggle that has divided a secret group of warriors. This struggle presents an opportunity for the fiver youngsters to redeem themselves and they engage in a series of battles with peace as the ultimate goal.
The story is mainly played out in the form of dance, against an original, and powerful, hip-hop and dub-beat soundtrack. There is a little dialogue, and arguably no more is needed. The dances are amazing, with the athleticism of the performers breathtaking. The fight scenes are well choreographed and convincing.
There are so many varieties of artistic media on show, that "mash-up" is the most appropriate term to describe the blend of dance and graphic art: superhero comics, Japanese manga and kung-fu movies blend with rhythm and movement. Most of the performances were accompanied by original manga art, that took the form of a giant graphic novel backdrop.
The show was put together by the troop Boy Blue Entertainment, an up-and-coming dance and theater group, who specialize in hip-hop dance. The arts group were involved with the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.
The creative team behind the "The Five and the Prophecy of Prana" were Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy (Choreographer); Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante (Composer) and Japanese Manga artist, Akio Tanaka.
The performance took place at London's Barbican, a major arts center.
The Barbican Center in London  a major arts complex. Photographed in October.
The Barbican Center in London, a major arts complex. Photographed in October.
After completing its London run, "The Five and the Prophecy of Prana" goes on a U.K. national tour, and then possibly to other countries. For those who like performance dance, the show is well-worth catching. Digital Journal awards it 5 out of 5.
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