Manifest Nation at The National Theatre! (Gallery)

The National Theatre call in Manifest Nation!

We are super-proud to announce that our squad, Manifest Nation, were special invited guests to perform at the National Theatre this week in an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Pericles. This is an unprecedented honour for our company and it took time to sink in!

Emily Lim, director of the project, came to see us at a training session, and was immediately hooked . Although we have a lot of talent at Manifest Nation, when someone from outside the community appreciates you, it resonates.

Asked to create a waacking-influenced piece, the guys workshopped a number of ideas and created a truly explosive piece. They adopted the role of a race they called ‘Thanetians’, who could be recognised by their gold outfits, regal mannerisms and hand gestures. The phrase ‘Thanetians’ was a take on our group’s training home, The Thanet.

It was an easy call to make!

Damien, with help from Angelika, created some work we had never explored in this way and the characterisation of our artists had to be on point.

Below is a program which Tinman attempted to get signed by several other guest groups including The London Bulgarian Choir, Acension Eagles Cheerleading team and Archetype Dance Company. The bulk of the cast was made up of non-professionals from around London. The heartbeat of this motivation was called Public Acts. Part of the magic of this production was working with such a diverse cast.

Pericles received 4 and 5 star reviews in a number of publications including:

The Times

The Independent

Radio Times

What’s On Stage

The Guardian

MN on stage at National Theatre

We hope you will enjoy these images of the process, backstage and the performance. Look out for more MN projects across the year calendar! 

Solid as gold at the National Theatre

Our signed program from the Pericles cast at National Theatre

From all of us here on planet Thanet, we wish you a golden day! #MNAllday

No Tears Left To Cry – Manifest Nation (video)

No tears left to cry shoot day!

Our pro squad, Manifest Nation, just released their summer video entitled, ‘No More Tears’. This piece choreographed to Ariana Grande’s ‘No Tears Left To Cry’ by T Damien Anyasi, features Angelika and Mok as our feature characters. We also introduce new faces Esme, Alexandra, Macaulay and Marcella in their first video with the squad. The … Read more

Fun times at Hampstead Festival – The round up

Getting busy at Hampstead Festival

Last weekend we were invited, for the 5th consecutive year, to share what we do at Hampstead Festival. It was probably the most fun year ever!

Featuring a host of our open-class students, our professional performance company, Manifest Nation, and the Hampstead public, we shared classes, performances and Hampstead’s longest ‘Soul Train Line’! 

Here are some highlights from our wonderful weekend..

Man like Mok at Hampstead Festival

Our adult squad at Hampstead Festival

The squad lined up at Hampstead Festival

The heat brought at Hampstead Festival

Tinman speaks at Hampstead Festival

We’d like to thank all those that joined us, and for more footage, check this Instagram post !

Why we love a festival

We love events like Hampstead Festival because we can really communicate with the public. Although, we put out fliers and our online presence is strong, there really is no substitute. Connecting with an audience and teaching public workshops is how to really show what we do.

Camden is rife with summer events and many can be found here. We applied for several of these and you can join us at the show!

Some times we are only permitted to perform. What’s great about performance is that our open class students can also participate. Periodically we create choreography for performance in our open classes and festivals are the ideal platform. At B-Better we appreciate that people come to learn for different reasons, and performance may be one! Although we love performing there is just as much fun to be had at..

A Workshop

Teaching the general public from the stage or at eye level has yielded amazing results for us. We take great pleasure in sharing our knowledge with a mixed audience. The joy of events like Hampstead Festival is that there is a dearth of ages and demographics. Our workshop may end in a freestyle or other participatory activity, and that’s what raises a smile.

Combining performance with interactive activity underpins our summer and we look forward to seeing YOU this season!