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Ivan Michael Blackstock
TRAPLORD

Sadler’s Wells x 180 Studios
A co-production with The Factory and ALTRUVIOLET
180 Studios, WC2R
Saturday 26 March – Saturday 16 April 2022   Tickets: £20-£25
Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000 or www.sadlerswells.com 

 

Sadler’s Wells and 180 Studios are delighted to present the world premiere of Ivan Michael Blackstock’s TRAPLORD which will run at 180 Studios from Saturday 26 MarchSaturday 16 April 2022 in a co-production with The Factory and ALTRUVIOLET. Tickets are on sale from today, Monday 29 November and available to purchase from sadlerswells.com and 180thestrand.com. 

Award-winning dance artist and cultural innovator Ivan Michael Blackstock’s TRAPLORD is an immersive dance performance meditating on life, death and rebirth. Wandering between dreams and reality, TRAPLORD takes us on a new heroic journey to self-actualisation.

Using dance, theatre and spoken word to explore raw and confrontational themes of mental health and masculinity, TRAPLORD is an invitation to question the stereotyping of Black men in contemporary western society; an attempt to escape from the mental state of being condemned before having lived.

Director and Choreographer, Ivan Michael Blackstock said: “Bringing TRAPLORD to the theatrical stage is something I’ve felt I needed to do for a long time. The experience and story it tells is one that has always felt present in me so uncovering that truth and sharing it in this way brings me great relief and a sense of healing. Looking at the cycle of life, death and rebirth from a black male perspective, along with the specific challenges to mental health that go along with this, I hope that this production will encourage audiences to delve within themselves to reflect and find their own way of taking positive action in their own lives. It’s incredible to see the TRAPLORD universe start to take shape – watch this space. 

Director and Choreographer Ivan Michael Blackstock
Co-Designer Chloe Lamford
Co-Designer Shannkho Chaudhuri
Lighting Designer Simisola Majekodunmi
Sound Designer Luke Swaffield for Autograph
Video Designer Ian Galloway
Costume Designer Saskia Lenaerts

Ivan Michael Blackstock
TRAPLORD

Sadler’s Wells x 180 Studios
A co-production with The Factory and ALTRUVIOLET

Supported by Cockayne - Grants for the Arts and the Maria Bjornson Memorial Fund 

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England

Tickets are on public sale from Monday 29 November at 10 am via www.sadlerswells.com and www.180thestrand.com.

NOTES TO EDITORS

Listings Information
Ivan Michael Blackstock
TRAPLORD

Sadler’s Wells x 180 Studios
A co-production with The Factory and ALTRUVIOLET
180 Studios, WC2R
Tickets: £20 - £25
Performances: Saturday 26 March – Saturday 16 April 2022, 8pm

About Ivan Michael Blackstock 
Ivan Michael Blackstock is a South London-born multidisciplinary artist whose work as creative, mentor, and cultural innovator has been seen across the UK’s most iconic venues and beyond.

First established as a professional dancer and choreographer, Ivan has worked with artists such as Dizzee Rascal, Kylie Minogue and the Pet Shop Boys and for brands including Adidas, BVLGARI and Guinness, and television programmes The X Factor UK, The Brit Awards and Dancing with the Stars USA. Building on this successful commercial career, Ivan went on to choreograph his own work and collaborate in stage productions and Hip Hop dance theatre presenting work at the Roundhouse, National Theatre and Breakin' Convention, as well as co-founding BirdGang Dance Company. This led to the creation of the critically acclaimed and sold-out production A Harlem Dream at The Young Vic, after which he was appointed an Associate Artist of the theatre.

From 2015, Ivan focused primarily on his work as an independent artist, creating intense, thought-provoking and political artistic expressions. His work has been presented at Sadler’s Wells, Latitude Festival and La Villette Theatre in Paris. His work as a cultural leader includes founding and running CRXSS PLATFXRM, an organization platforming talent by creating new directions and approaches to Youth, DIY and Street Culture. CRXSS PLATFXRM also delivers high-profile partnership events and consultancy with major cultural venues, brands and independent businesses such as The Southbank Centre, Nike and Redbull, as well as an annual festival in Peckham. In 2021, Ivan designed and delivered a paid internship program to upskill young black filmmakers and content creators, giving them the opportunity to meet with industry professionals that have worked with the likes of Stormzy, Spike Lee, Nowness, BAFTA and Film4  

Ivan is a contributing editor at Fact Magazine and was shortlisted for the Dazed 100. Most recently, Ivan created TRAPLORD BLK MEME/RA for Channel 4 Random Acts and was awarded breakthrough cultural excellence in Film and Video for the inaugural Nowness Awards 2019, Choreographer for Beyonce's Disney exclusive Black is King. Ivan was appointed Artistic Director of 180 Studios at 180 The Strand alongside founding his production company ALTRUVIOLET, for which TRAPLORD is the premier work.

About Sadler’s Wells
Sadler's Wells is a world-leading dance organisation. We strive to make and share dance that inspires us all. Our acclaimed year-round programme spans dance of every kind, from contemporary to flamenco, Bollywood to ballet, salsa to street dance and tango to tap. 

We commission, produce and present more dance than any other organisation in the world. Since 2005, we have helped to bring close to 200 new dance works to the stage, embracing both the popular and the unknown.

Each year, over half a million people visit our three London theatres - Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Lilian Baylis Studio and Peacock Theatre. Millions more attend our touring productions nationally and internationally or explore our digital platforms, including Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage. In 2023 we’re opening a fourth London venue in Stratford’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Sadler’s Wells East will house a 550-seat mid-scale theatre, as well as facilities for the Choreographic School and Hip Hop Theatre Academy.  

Supporting artists is at the heart of our work. We have associate artists and companies, which nurture some of the most exciting talent working in dance today. We host the National Youth Dance Company, which draws together some of the brightest young dancers from across the country. Sadler’s Wells Breakin' Convention runs professional development programmes to champion and develop the world’s best hip hop artists, as well as producing, programming and touring groundbreaking hip hop performances.  

Around 30,000 people take part in our learning and engagement programmes every year. We support schools local to our theatres in Islington and Stratford, designing experiences for children and young people to watch, explore and critically engage with the arts. We also run Company of Elders, a resident performance company of dancers aged over 60 who rehearse with renowned artists to make new work for public performances locally, nationally and internationally.

Sadler’s Wells is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.
 
www.sadlerswells.com 

Stay up to date with everything Sadler’s Wells on social media 
Facebook: @SadlersWells 
Twitter: @Sadlers_Wells 
Instagram: @sadlers_wells 
YouTube: Sadler’s Wells Theatre 

About 180 Studios
180 Studios is the emerging centre of London’s creative community - housed at 180 The Strand, an iconic Brutalist building that has been transformed into a cultural hub. Throughout its network of spaces, 180 supports new talent and facilitates creative growth.

180 Studios curates and stages major exhibitions by established artists and new commissions by emerging creatives. In 2021, 180 Studios exhibitions were seen in person by over 150,000 visitors, with millions more experiencing the shows virtually.

Most recently, 180 Studios is proud to have co-curated and staged LUX: New Wave of Contemporary Art, in collaboration with Fact and SUUM. The exhibition features three new 180 Studios commissions - BLUESKYWHITE by Es Devlin, This is the Future by Hito Steyerl and Breathe by Julianknxx.

These hugely popular works are the most recent additions to 180 Studios’ ongoing commissioning program; working in close collaboration with artists to realise ambitious, innovative artworks. 180 Studios commissions include other inspiring, acclaimed works by artists such as Jenn Nkiru, Jeremy Deller, Cecilia Bengolea and Richard Mosse.

Supporting and showcasing new and emerging talent remains an intrinsic part of 180 Studios' DNA – in 2021, 180 Studios commissioned and presented In Praise of Still Boys, a new film installation by Julianknxx, and in early 2022 180 Studios will present another new commission, the first film by photographer and artist Gabriel Moses. 

About The Factory 
The Factory is a new world-class cultural space currently being built in the heart of Manchester and designed by internationally-renowned architects Rem Koolhaas’ Office for Metropolitan Architecture. Its development is being led by Manchester City Council in partnership with Manchester International Festival (MIF), who will commission and present a year-round programme for the landmark building, featuring new work from the world’s greatest artists and offering a space to make, explore and experiment. Attracting up to 850,000 visitors annually, The Factory will add £1.1 billion to the economy over a decade and create 1,500 jobs. Its pioneering programme of skills, training and engagement will benefit local people and the next generation of creative talent from across the city, whilst apprenticeships and trainee schemes are already underway during the construction phase.

When open, The Factory will present everything from major exhibitions and epic concerts, to intimate performances and immersive experiences, including dance, theatre, music, opera, visual arts, popular culture and innovative contemporary work incorporating the latest digital technologies. Working with local, national and international co-producers, it will premiere major new work, before it travels globally.

Located in the St John’s neighbourhood next to the River Irwell, The Factory will be at the heart of a burgeoning city centre hub for culture, creativity and digital innovation.

https://mif.co.uk/factory

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Ivan Michael Blackstock  
TRAPLORD 
Sadler’s Wells x 180 Studios 
A co-production with The Factory and ALTRUVIOLET 
180 Studios, WC2R 
Saturday 26 March – Saturday 16 April 2022      
Tickets: £20-£25 
Ticket Office: 020 7863 8000 or www.sadlerswells.com  

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Sadler’s Wells and 180 Studios present the world premiere of Ivan Michael Blackstock’s TRAPLORD which runs at 180 Studios from Saturday 26 March  Saturday 16 April 2022 in a co-production with The Factory and ALTRUVIOLET.  
 
Award-winning dance artist and cultural innovator Ivan Michael Blackstock’s TRAPLORD is a dance performance meditating on life, death and rebirth. Wandering between dreams and reality, TRAPLORD takes us on a new heroic journey to self-actualisation. 
 
Using dance, theatre and spoken word to explore raw and confrontational themes of mental health and masculinity, TRAPLORD is an invitation to question the stereotyping of Black men in contemporary western society; an attempt to escape from the mental state of being condemned before having lived. Blackstock brings together a creative team and cast which includes music producers, designers, rappers, spoken word artists and dramaturgs to create this powerful piece. 
 
Director and Choreographer Ivan Michael Blackstock said, "TRAPLORD takes inspiration from the worlds of hip hop, rap, spoken word, fashion, gaming culture, visual arts and more to create an experience unlike anything the dance world has ever seen before.  
 
I hope the story we’re telling speaks to a wide cross-section of audience members and encourages them all to delve within themselves to find their own stories within the piece. It’s a privilege to be collaborating with this amazing creative team whose collective expertise has created the TRAPLORD universe.” 
 
The design team have collaborated to create the stunning visual world of TRAPLORD. Co-designer Shankho Chaudhuri is a production, video, VR and graphic designer and works across theatre, film and exhibitions, with recent credits including The Death of England and The Death of England: Delroy at the National Theatre. Co-designer Chloe Lamford has extensive theatre credits most recently including Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical, Hilary and Clinton on Broadway, and as co-director of the National Theatre’s The Antipodes. Both join lighting designer Simisola Majekodunmi, whose theatre credits include Jungle Rumble and multiple works at the Royal Court, and sound designer Luke Swaffield whose extensive credits include work across theatre and events including Anything Goes, The Curious Incident of the Dog In The Night-Time, and on multiple productions for Secret Cinema. Ian William Galloway, video designer, has created multiple productions for the West End and on Broadway, as well as in immersive and interactive productions, large scale events for Secret Cinema, MIF and Disneyland, and across visual art and fashion. The design team is completed by costume designer Saskia Lenaerts, who uses fashion to impact society, and her work aims to disarm prejudice.  
 
BRNSRGHT, CREATXR, Denzel Himself, DOMINANT, Mindaugas Juozapavicius, Boy Blue co-founder and co-Artistic Director Mikey J and Far From The Norm’s Torben Lars Sylvest collaborate to form the music team for TRAPLORD, combining music artists, rappers and producers to create a bold, arresting score.    
 
Spoken Word artist, Breakin’ Convention and CRXSS PLATFXRM Festival alumni and ‘The Brotherhood Creative Collective’ founder, Magero joins the cast, alongside rap artist UNDER WATER KASH. Both complete the company of performers consisting of Ivan Michael Blackstock, Kyron Anthony, Chantelle Dawe, Shannelle ‘Tali’ Fergus, Kanah Flex, Wild G, Robia Milliner, Malachi Welsh and Chaldon Williams.  
 
UK theatre director Anthony Ekundayo Lennon, Artistic Director and CEO of Brixton House Theatre Gbolahan Obisesan and Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist and Breakin’ Convention Artistic Director Jonzi D join as dramaturgs for this work. Blackstock has worked with Breakin’ Convention over many years, having performed as part of the festival, and more recently, as a mentor for Back to the Lab.  

TRAPLORD is part of Sadler’s Wells’ Well Seasoned, which platforms work by both UK- based and international Black dancemakers.  

Director and Choreographer Ivan Michael Blackstock 
Co-Designer Chloe Lamford 
Co-Designer Shankho Chaudhuri 
Lighting Designer Simisola Majekodunmi 
Sound Designer Luke Swaffield for Autograph 
Video Designer Ian William Galloway 
Costume Designer Saskia Lenaerts 

Ivan Michael Blackstock  
TRAPLORD 
Sadler’s Wells x 180 Studios 
A co-production with The Factory and ALTRUVIOLET 
 
Supported by Cockayne - Grants for the Arts and the Maria Bjornson Memorial Fund  
 
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England 
 
Well Seasoned is supported by the Foyle Foundation 
 
Tickets are on sale via www.sadlerswells.com and www.180thestrand.com.  
 
Image credit: Furmaan Ahmed 
 
NOTES TO EDITORS 
 
Listings Information 
Ivan Michael Blackstock  
TRAPLORD 
Sadler’s Wells x 180 Studios 
A co-production with The Factory and ALTRUVIOLET 
180 Studios, WC2R 
Tickets: £20 - £25 
Performances: Saturday 26 March – Saturday 16 April 2022, 8pm  
Press Night: Wednesday 30 March 2022, 8pm 
 
About Ivan Michael Blackstock  
Ivan Michael Blackstock is a South London-born multidisciplinary artist whose work as creative, mentor, and cultural innovator has been seen across the UK’s most iconic venues and beyond. 
 
First established as a professional dancer and choreographer, Ivan has worked with artists such as Dizzee Rascal, Kylie Minogue and the Pet Shop Boys and for brands including Adidas, BVLGARI and Guinness, and television programmes The X Factor UK, The Brit Awards and Dancing with the Stars USA. Building on this successful commercial career, Ivan went on to choreograph his own work and collaborate in stage productions and Hip Hop dance theatre presenting work at the Roundhouse, National Theatre and Breakin' Convention, as well as co-founding BirdGang Dance Company. This led to the creation of the critically acclaimed and sold-out production A Harlem Dream at The Young Vic, after which he was appointed an Associate Artist of the theatre. 
 
From 2015, Ivan focused primarily on his work as an independent artist, creating intense, thought-provoking and political artistic expressions. His work has been presented at Sadler’s Wells, Latitude Festival and La Villette Theatre in Paris. His work as a cultural leader includes founding and running CRXSS PLATFXRM, an organization platforming talent by creating new directions and approaches to Youth, DIY and Street Culture. CRXSS PLATFXRM also delivers high-profile partnership events and consultancy with major cultural venues, brands and independent businesses such as The Southbank Centre, Nike and Redbull, as well as an annual festival in Peckham. In 2021, Ivan designed and delivered a paid internship program to upskill young black filmmakers and content creators, giving them the opportunity to meet with industry professionals that have worked with the likes of Stormzy, Spike Lee, Nowness, BAFTA and Film4   
 
Ivan is a contributing editor at Fact Magazine and was shortlisted for the Dazed 100. Most recently, Ivan created TRAPLORD BLK MEME/RA for Channel 4 Random Acts and was awarded breakthrough cultural excellence in Film and Video for the inaugural Nowness Awards 2019, Choreographer for Beyonce's Disney exclusive Black is King. Ivan was appointed Artistic Director of 180 Studios at 180 The Strand alongside founding his production company ALTRUVIOLET, for which TRAPLORD is the premier work. 
 
About Sadler’s Wells 
Sadler's Wells is a world-leading dance organisation. We strive to make and share dance that inspires us all. Our acclaimed year-round programme spans dance of every kind, from contemporary to flamenco, Bollywood to ballet, salsa to street dance and tango to tap.  

We commission, produce and present more dance than any other organisation in the world. Since 2005, we have helped to bring close to 200 new dance works to the stage, embracing both the popular and the unknown.  

Each year, over half a million people visit our three London theatres - Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Lilian Baylis Studio and Peacock Theatre. Millions more attend our touring productions nationally and internationally or explore our digital platforms, including Sadler’s Wells Digital Stage. In 2023 we’re opening a fourth London venue in Stratford’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Sadler’s Wells East will house a 550-seat mid-scale theatre, as well as facilities for the Choreographic School and Hip Hop Theatre Academy.   

Supporting artists is at the heart of our work. We have associate artists and companies, which nurture some of the most exciting talent working in dance today. We host the National Youth Dance Company, which draws together some of the brightest young dancers from across the country. Sadler’s Wells Breakin' Convention runs professional development programmes to champion and develop the world’s best hip hop artists, as well as producing, programming and touring groundbreaking hip hop performances.   

Around 30,000 people take part in our learning and engagement programmes every year. We support schools local to our theatres in Islington and Stratford, designing experiences for children and young people to watch, explore and critically engage with the arts. We also run Company of Elders, a resident performance company of dancers aged over 60 who rehearse with renowned artists to make new work for public performances locally, nationally and internationally.  

Sadler’s Wells is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation. 
  
www.sadlerswells.com  

Stay up to date with everything Sadler’s Wells on social media  
Facebook: @SadlersWells  
Twitter: @Sadlers_Wells  
Instagram: @sadlers_wells  
YouTube: Sadler’s Wells Theatre  

About 180 Studios  
180 Studios is the emerging centre of London’s creative community - housed at 180 The Strand, an iconic Brutalist building that has been transformed into a cultural hub. Throughout its network of spaces, 180 supports new talent and facilitates creative growth. 
 
180 Studios curates and stages major exhibitions by established artists and new commissions by emerging creatives. In 2021, 180 Studios exhibitions were seen in person by over 200,000 visitors, with millions more experiencing the shows virtually. 

Most recently, 180 curated and staged LUX: New Wave of Contemporary Art, in collaboration with Fact and SUUM. The exhibition featured three new 180 Studios commissions - BLUESKYWHITE by Es Devlin, This is the Future by Hito Steyerl and Breathe by Julianknxx. 
 
These hugely popular works are the most recent additions to 180 Studios’ ongoing commissioning program; working in close collaboration with artists to realise ambitious, innovative artworks. 180 Studios commissions include other inspiring, acclaimed works by artists such as Jenn Nkiru, Jeremy Deller, Cecilia Bengolea and Richard Mosse. 
 
Supporting and showcasing new and emerging talent remains an intrinsic part of 180 Studios' DNA – in 2021, 180 Studios commissioned and presented In Praise of Still Boys, a new film installation by Julianknxx, and in early 2022 180 Studios will present another new commission, the first film by photographer and artist Gabriel Moses.  
 
About MIF & The Factory 
Manchester International Festival (MIF) is an artist-focused festival of original, new work and special events reflecting the spectrum of performing arts, visual arts and popular culture, staged every two in venues across Greater Manchester – from theatres, galleries and concert halls to railway depots, churches and car parks. MIF works closely with venues, festivals and other cultural organisations globally, whose financial and creative input helps to make many of these projects possible and ensures that work made at MIF goes on to be seen around the world. MIF also supports a year-round Creative Engagement programme, bringing opportunities for people from all backgrounds, ages and from all corners of the city to get involved during the Festival and year-round, as volunteers, as participants in shows, through skills development and a host of creative activities. 
 
MIF will also run The Factory, the landmark new cultural space currently being built in the heart of Manchester, designed by the internationally renowned Rem Koolhaas’ Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) and backed by Manchester City Council and HM Government. The Factory will commission, present and produce one of Europe’s most ambitious and adventurous year-round creative programmes, featuring bold new work from the world’s greatest artists and offering a space to create, invent and experiment. At 13,300 square metres, The Factory will be ultra-flexible, enabling large-scale artistic work of invention and ambition that isn’t made anywhere else in the world: from large-scale multimedia performances to epic installations, to intimate performances and ground-breaking digital experiences.  
 
Attracting up to 850,000 visitors annually, The Factory will add £1.1 billion to the economy over a decade and create up to 1,500 direct and indirect jobs. Its pioneering programme of skills, training and engagement will benefit local people and the next generation of creative talent from across the city, whilst apprenticeships and trainee schemes are already underway during the construction phase. Located in the St John’s neighbourhood next to the River Irwell, The Factory will be at the heart of a burgeoning city centre hub for culture, creativity and digital innovation. 

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