WHO ARE WE?

Boy Blue are Choreographer and Co-Artistic Director, Kenrick ‘H20’ Sandy, Composer and Co-Artistic Director, Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante, Executive Director, Jo Stendall, Learning and Participation Producer, Shawab Iqbal and a dedicated core of hugely talented artists, dancers, teachers, friends and board members.

Biog: Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante

Co-Founder & Co-Artistic Director of Boy Blue Entertainment, Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante is a producer, composer, singer, dancer and DJ who is at the forefront of the UK urban music scene.

 

For Boy Blue, Mikey is credited with the conception, creative direction and composition of Blak Whyte Gray (2017), The Five & the Prophecy of Prana (2013) Pied Piper: A Hip-Hop Dance Revolution (2007) and Touch (2011) and Legacy.

 

In 2012, Mikey worked closely with Kenrick, director Danny Boyle and Musical Directors, Underworld, creating musical compositions for the Frankie and June say thanks Tim… section of the London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.

 

Recent music releases, alongside the release of the Blak Whyte Gray tracks, include George the Poet’s Wotless and production and musical direction for George’s sold out Search Party tour and engineering and production on Kano’s critically acclaimed album Made In the Manor (Mercury Prize and BRIT nominated, and winner of the MOBO Best Album Award) with whom he has collaborated extensively (Home Sweet Home, London Town and 140 Grime Street). Mikey is currently collaborating with the new Sony/ Plan B signing Ryan De La Cruz and has created music for films  Street Dance 3D and All Stars.

 

Past production credits include Delilah’s Inside my Love (From The Roots Up), Raleigh Ritchie’s Stay Inside, Mikey J and the female All-stars, Estelle’s Back to Love Remix and Mz Brat Get Dark.

 

Mikey has also spent time working in LA with Kool Kojack (Ariana Grande / Kesha) and Mike Free (Big Sean / YG).

 

Biog: Kenrick ‘H20’ Sandy MBE

Born in East London, Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy is Co-Founder & Co-Artistic Director of Boy Blue Entertainment, Associate Artist at the Barbican, London, and one of the top choreographers and performers in the UK urban, commercial and theatrical scenes.

Kenrick’s credits are extensive and include theatre, TV and film, both nationally and internationally. For the stage, Kenrick choreographed Blak Whyte Gray (2017) which was nominated in the Best New Dance Production category in the 2017 Olivier Awards, The Five & the Prophecy of Prana (2013), A Night with Boy Blue (2016, 2015 & 2013), Pied Piper: A Hip-Hop Dance Revolution (2007) and contributed choreography to ZooNation’s Into The Hoods. He also co-directed and choreographed Unleashed for the Barbican (2012).  On screen, his work can be seen in Street Dance 3D as well as on the BBC’s So You Think You Can Dance and Alesha’s Street Dance Stars.  Additionally he has created choreography for artists as diverse as Rita Ora, Plan B, Stooshe, Dizzee Rascal and Alexandra Burke and has worked with Nike, Adidas and ASOS.

 

Kenrick collaborated with director Danny Boyle and choreographed the Frankie and June say thanks Tim… section of London 2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony, which won the Evening Standard’s Beyond Theatre Award.

 

Other events include Legacy Re:Loaded at the Jerwood Dance House, performing in Jonzi D’s Lyrikal Fearta Redux at Sadler’s Wells, and choreography for the films All Stars and T2 Trainspotting.  In 2015, Kenrick was on the judging panel for the inaugural BBC Young Dancer Competition.

 

In January 2017, Kenrick was awarded an MBE for services to dance and the community in Her Majesty the Queen’s New Years honours list.

Biog: Executive Director – Jo Stendall

Executive Director, Jo Stendall, is an experienced dance producer who has worked previously with Michael Clark Company, The Cholmondeleys and The Featherstonehaughs and Theatre-Rites.

Jo is a judge on the Total Theatre Awards, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a mentor for Arts Emergency.

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Biog: Learning and Participation Producer – Shawab Iqbal

Born and bred in East London, Shawab graduated with a first class honours degree from the University of Kent. He has held producing and administrative roles at Theatre Royal Stratford East and Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and Re:Bourne as well as developing a freelance portfolio.

Shawab is also a qualified teacher and has been a counsellor for ChildLine. He is on the board of governors at Newham Sixth Form College, one of the largest sixth forms in the UK. Here, he leads on Equality and Diversity as well as sitting on the Audit and Scrutiny Committee.

Shawab has been a regular guest speaker on the MA Creative Producing course at Birkbeck, University of London and is currently completing an MA in Culture, Ethnicity and Diaspora exploring racism and post-colonial theory.

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Board Members

Aisha Asamany

Niki Cornwell

Gurd Lidder

Dawn Prentice

Andrea Sasu

Photos by Benji Reid (top) and Carl Fox