Hive City Legacy returns to the Roundhouse in an explosive mix of burlesque, spoken word, music, dance, beatboxing, body-popping and some aerial acrobats.
The studio space in which the show is located seems almost too small and cramped to accommodate not only the intoxicating energy of the performers, but also the enthusiasm of the audience. The show consists of satirical vignettes about regular experiences, from morning commuting to an office party, seen through the eyes of women and women who present colorful people.
Bee pictures are everywhere; in a giant LED sign overlooking the stage area, the hexagonal construction of the set, the costumes of the performers and the humming in the background noise (bees have really had an excellent PR in recent years). The message here is clear: pollinate, activate, free. These nine Femmes of Color are on a mission and not here to play around.
The performers are in every way a collective and seem to move like a swarm and to find the power in their numbers. This ensemble also provides a platform for the lived experience of the individual. Reinforcing voices that often go unheard - or ignored. Each performer highlights with wild finesse another facet of what it's like to inhabit a non-white Femme body.
There are some moments in this show that make you feel uncomfortable - especially if you are white or not female. However, this is intentional and an integral part of his mission to provoke and ignite. This is reactive, dynamic performance art and deserves to be on a bigger stage.
Hive City Legacy, the Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, NW1 8EH. Tickets until July 30, 2019 worth £ 12.50.