Family Honour

Spoken Movement / Kwame Asafo-Adjei / Saddlers' Well
wo 7 dec - do 8 dec

Through a brilliantly unique meeting of hip hop and theatre, Family Honour asks how far one would go to uphold family expectations and whether it’s truly honourable to do so or just another traditional taboo?

From internationally award-winning choreographer Kwame Asafo-Adjei, witness this raw exploration of family and personal trauma, putting you in the front seat for tense, honest confrontations that go generations deep. Originally a duet, the work won France’s prestigious Danse Élargie in 2018. Now it is expanded as a full-length ensemble production.

“Honour, is sophisticated in its use of hip-hop language for theatrical ends, in a tensely contained dispute that tells of the repression of young women by older religious men” The Guardian

About Kwame Asafo-Adjei (Creator, Choreographer and Performer)
Kwame Asafo-Adjei is a dance artist who fuses his hip-hop training with contemporary dance and his Ghanaian background, helping create a unique style of movement that tackles the day-to-day realities he faces in his social surroundings. Often exploring the development of black culture, themes of tension and release are ever-present in his provocative work.

Kwame gained an interest in creating work and directing artists through participation in development programmes such as Sadler’s Wells Open Art Surgery. By shadowing his mentors – hip hop pioneer Jonzi D and choreographer Jonathan Burrows – he was able to open his mental blocks and gain clarity on his identity within his work, which he sees as being blunt, ugly, beautiful and truthful.

Kwame is the Founder and Artistic Director of Spoken Movement through which he creates his work. In producing his work, such as his Wild Card evening at Sadler’s Wells, Asafo-Adjei’s aim was to focus on the audience response and how viewers must abandon an analytical perspective in order to understand the culture from a black perspective. In Alistair Spalding’s words: ‘his choreography is often raw and confronting, but full of honesty and thought-provoking’.

Asafo-Adjei won 2018’s Danse Elargie choreography competition and 2019’s Rotterdam International Duet Choreography Competition (with a €100,000 prize) with Family Honour. It is a taut piece of hip-hop theatre performed with intensity and articulacy. Asafo-Adjei performed the Family Honour duet as part of Breakin’ Convention’s UK tour, beginning in May, and will be premiering his first full-length show in Rotterdam in September.

About Spoken Movement
Spoken Movement is a company that have taken the elements of street dance and contemporary dance to create their own vocabulary in movement. Using different genres of music, Spoken Movement look to push boundaries by undertaking concepts, issues and day to day life experiences, to create thought provoking pieces of work. Spoken Movement’s work ethic, mainly touches on the physical aspects, with training usually focused on intensity and endurance. Through exploring and making use of space, SM allows its artists to work and create new ideas for upcoming work.

Spoken Movement intend to implement and convey their style of dance, to a wider audience by provoking a guttural response from their work. They aim to inspire and aspire the youth through building businesses and creating relationships with different platforms. The company have presented their work both nationally and international within the UK and Europe. i.e. The Place, Sadler's Wells and Theatre De La Ville-Paris.


Creator, Choreographer & Performer Kwame Asafo-Adjei 
A Spoken Movement production co-produced by Sadler’s Wells, Dance City and Theater Rotterdam