Theatre Review: Zoonation: Unplugged
Having brought us West End’s longest running dance show ‘Into The Hoods’ as well as the award-winning ‘Some Like It Hip Hop’, dance company ZooNation have now taken on a fresh challenge with their latest offering ‘ZooNation: Unplugged’. Inspired by the popular show MTV: Unplugged, the same concept of intimate acoustic performances is applied to a compilation of hit songs from the past and present.
Fusing R&B classics such as TLC’s’ Scrubs’, Destiny’s Child’s ‘So Good’ and Erykah Badu’s ‘Call Tyrone’, members of ZooNation Youth Company took to the stage each having their own moment to flaunt their most impressive moves as the female vocalists chopped and screwed their way through the tunes.
Contrasting music and dance styles were brought together throughout the night, resulting at one point with a surreal few moments of krumping to Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’. Recent hits were also stripped back as couples displayed their love stories to renditions of Delilah’s ‘Go’ and Rihanna’s ‘Love The Way You Lie’.
Well respected dancer, Got To Dance finalist and Judge on Alesha’s Street Dance Stars Turbo had the challenge of improvising to a piece of music he hadn’t heard before. Receiving one of the largest applauses of the night, Turbo delivered his solo piece with ease.
Wrapping up the night on a high the cast had the whole audience singing along to Bob Marley’s ‘Three Little Birds’. Having had huge success sticking to their winning format of an urban spin on a well-known story, ZooNation have now proved that they don’t need to rely on a plot to keep us entertained; their talent is enough to have us mesmerized.
You can keep an eye out for all future performances on the official website.
Words: Lloyd Naomi Lewis (@LloydNaomiLewis)