Critically acclaimed contemporary hip hop dance show Fagin's Twist re-imagines Dickens’ classic tale from Fagin’s point of view. The production plays at Warwick Arts Centre on 13 and 14 March.

Fagin’s Twist is an innovative re-imagining of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist by contemporary hip hop dance company Avant Garde Dance Company, led by Artistic Director and choreographer Tony Adigun.

Fagin’s Twist features five familiar characters - Fagin, Bill Sykes, Nancy, Oliver Twist and the Artful Dodger - but reimagines the paths of their lives and individual circumstances. The story of Fagin's youth, one corrupted by greed and worn down by poverty, is told through high-precision choreography by an ensemble of eight performers. The razor-sharp style combines Tony Adigun’s wealth of experience from the worlds of contemporary, commercial and hip hop dance.

On the creation of Fagin’s Twist, Tony Adigun said: "I have always been excited by the idea of retelling a popular tale. I wanted to add a mischievous twist that would play with, and challenge audiences’ perspectives of a much loved classic."

Tony Adigun’s credits as a choreographer include Cirque du Soleil, The Place and creative director of Sky One’s Got to Dance. As a dancer, Tony has worked with major recording artists including Whitney Houston, Usher, Ashanti, Janet Jackson and Cheryl Cole. He formed Avant Garde Dance Company in 2001 to explore more unusual, abstract and artistic ideas away from the mainstream. At the forefront of hip hop / contemporary dance theatre, the company’s dynamic productions have musicality at their core and embrace a myriad of styles, themes and other genres.

Fagin’s Twist has already performed around the country to critical and audience acclaim, including a run at leading London contemporary dance venue The Place, and in August 2017 performed at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 as part of the British Council Showcase. 

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