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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“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
“I watched your performance with my two girls. I knew I would enjoy the show but it far surpassed any expectations that I had. I genuinely believe that your production should be a long running West End Production. It was so clever – a precision execution. Well done to the whole production team. I look forward to watching you progress and soar!”
Audience comment, Nottingham, October 2014
“I’ve never seen anything like it. I thought it was going to be good, but not that good!” I had an idea my daughter would be blown away by the imaginative fusion of martial arts-influenced dance, hip-hop, and manga-inspired visuals on display in this performance at the Dome, but I I’ve never seen such a flush of all-out artistic enjoyment from her as this … We both could have watched it all night.”
Audience comment, Brighton, October 2014
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.