B.Fest: One, by O’Driscoll Collective
“Near super-human core strength saw them support their bodies with one hand over and over again, but they did not lose grace, and the biggest cheer of the night was theirs.” Financial Times, 2020.
Presented by South East Dance’s The Welcome Project as part of B.Fest, One is a mesmerising performance exploring male mental health, driven by the dynamic rawness of Breaking. The piece shows the journey of two characters (Midlands-based b-boys Jamaal O’Driscoll and Marius Mates) moving through different emotional states. Using Breaking as a mechanism for tackling their shifts of energy, the characters come in and out of contact with the floor and each other as the intensity of their relationship rises and falls. Suitable for adult and family audiences.
Commissioned by Dance Hub Birmingham.