BREATHE is a dance and spoken word competition in which pairs of dancers and poets battle against each other, performing duets that showcase their complementary styles whilst telling a single story.
This distinctive team-oriented competition format is based on The D.R.E.A.M. Ring, a dance competition developed by Flex dance pioneer Reggie ‘Regg Roc’ Gray, which encourages dancers to go head to head with each other and ‘battle’ with an emphasis on creativity, innovation and storytelling.
BREATHE builds on the success of FlexN Manchester, a street dance show for MIF15 which featured dancers from Manchester and Reggie’s native New York, which Manchester Evening News described as “Powerful, accessible, fun but also thought provoking, FlexN Manchester is poetry in motion”. In MIF17, Reggie’s FlexN residency introduced a collaboration with spoken word collective Young Identity, which bought together local dancers and spoken word artists to explore the exciting relationship between the two art forms.
BREATHE is part of MIF’s year round activity, working with the people of Manchester to connect the Festival to their locality and opportunities to develop their skills. To find out how to take part in future events contact MIF’s Community Producer Rizwan at email@example.com.
BREATHE is produced by Manchester International Festival in association with The D.R.E.A.M. Ring, Young Identity and The Dolores Louise Community Organization.