Producer: Dance Touring Partnership presents Boy Blue Entertainment
Five young troublemakers are drawn into a power struggle that has divided a secret group of warriors. Given a chance to redeem themselves in the ensuing battle to restore peace, their action-packed adventure becomes a celebration of camaraderie and the triumph of the human spirit.
Set in modern Tokyo, The Five & the Prophecy of Prana sees dazzling visuals frame a dynamic fusion of hip-hop and martial arts in an explosive tribute to manga – Japan’s popular graphic novel form.
Kenrick ‘H20’ Sandy and Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante, the Olivier award-winning team behind Pied Piper and choreographer and composer for the film Streetdance 3D, have worked with the monks from the Shaolin Temple Warrior School, Japanese manga artist Akio Tanaka, and award winning video animation studio Yeast Culture, to create this electrifying show.
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Production co-commissioned by the Barbican, London and Derry-Londonderry UK City of Culture. Produced by Boy Blue Entertainment. Co-produced by the Barbican and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg. Additional support from The Great British Sasakawa Foundation and Laban Theatre, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance.
Original creation and UK tour supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Arts Council Wales.
Age suitability 6+
Running time 110 mins including interval
Dates & Times
|The Five & the Prophecy of Prana - Fri 24 Oct 7:00pm Fri 24 Oct||Theatre||7:00pm||£12.50 - £19|
|The Five & the Prophecy of Prana - Sat 25 Oct 7:00pm Sat 25 Oct||Theatre||7:00pm||£12.50 - £19|
A highly diverting achievement with, there is little doubt a sequel already in the works. ★★★★
— The Times
A hip-hop-martial-arts-manga hybrid that’s the most ambitious thing yet created by choreographer Kenrick Sandy and music producer Michael Asante. ★★★★
— Evening Standard
Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy’s choreography… flows like water, one minute silky smooth, the next fast and furious, b-boying, tutting and krumping, and requires little narrative, but narrative there is.
— British Theatre Guide
A mash-up of superhero comics, Japanese manga and kung fu movies. Hip hop and fighting moves mesh wonderfully.
— The Independent
A lot of fun. Projections turn the stage into frames from a Japanese comic book. Cleverly conceived and entertaining.
— Evening Standard
Injecting manga and martial arts [into hip hop] proves a masterstroke by Boy Blue.
— The Guardian
[The animations] sweep the action onwards with cartoon strip freshness, mixing drawing with live action in constantly inventive ways.
— The Daily Telegraph