Bronx Gothic

Bronx Gothic

Young Vic · 01 JUN - 29 JUN

Part theatre, part dance and part visual art installation, Okwui Okpokwasili’s Bronx Gothic delves into her memories of growing up in the Bronx, before emerging into a breathtaking exploration of girlhood.

Lyn Gardner avatar
30 May 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“This searing dance-theatre piece is full of monsters seen and unseen, hovering in that strange hinterland between dreamy girlhood and the nightmare of reality”
“Okwui Okpokwasili is a New York-based performer who won the 2018 MacArthur “Genius Grant”. Which is, you know, pretty cool. The one-woman show she’s brought to London is part theatre, part dance and part visual art installation. First performed in the US in 2014, it involves Okwui reading from a series of intimate notes exchanged by two black girls navigating the early years of adolescence in the 1980s. It’s an incredibly physical show in which her body becomes the medium through which long-buried experiences—of friendship, sexual awakening, daydreams, and nightmares—are conjured and shared. Frankly, we’re lucky to have a chance to see it. Okwui initially said she wouldn’t perform it again but fortunately for us the new artistic director of the Young Vic, Kwame Kwei-Armah, managed to persuade her to bring it to London.”

Overview

Created in collaboration with Peter Born, in this UK premiere, Bronx Gothic draws on inspiration from West African griot storytelling and the epistolary style of the Victorian novel to ask what it means to be brown in a world that values whiteness.

Okwui Okpokwasili is a 2018 MacArthur ‘Genius Award’ recipient.

Age Recommendation: 14+

Critic reviews

Hypnotic dance-theatre solo show about the silence, violence and sexual power of girls

The Stage

A haunting and penetrating performance, one driven by an arresting urgency and emotion from Okpokwasili

WhatsOnStage

A hypnotic 80 minutes

Broadway World

Complex memory play refuses to give easy answers

Evening Standard

This searing dance-theatre piece is full of monsters seen and unseen, hovering in that strange hinterland between dreamy girlhood and the nightmare of reality

Lyn Gardner for Stagedoor

Bronx Gothic is haunting, brutal and hugely ambiguous in places, but Okpokwasilis is mesmerising and genuinely invested in such a physical performance

The Upcoming

Bronx Gothic is fragmented and swirls with an energy that keeps us on edge

A Younger Theatre

She’s preparing a survival strategy, reaching out for joy, however distant that might be - trying, even, for an anthem

The Arts Desk

A mighty body quake

Exeunt

I failed to find this show engaging, found it irritatingly entitled, self indulgent and couldn’t wait for it to end

London Box Office

Date & time

Show ended
Sat 1 Jun - Sat 29 Jun, 7.45pm

Venue

Young Vic
66 The Cut, Waterloo SE1 8LZ London, UK · Get Directions
4
out of 5 stars
1 user review
Loading user reviews…

Seen the show? Add your review now!

Open in app