Boldon’s Bad Taste Cru breakdancers ready for Great North Passion TV art project

HAPPY HIP-HOPPERS ..Boldon School dancers are flanked by Bad Taste Crus Conor OKane, left, and Paul Martin.

HAPPY HIP-HOPPERS ..Boldon School dancers are flanked by Bad Taste Crus Conor OKane, left, and Paul Martin.

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BREAKDANCERS are limbering up as they prepare to showcase their skills on national television.

Bad Taste Cru are rehearsing a routine with dancers from Boldon Comprehensive School for a live performance at the Great North Passion (GNP), a retelling of the last hours of Jesus Christ.

Eleven pupils and members of the dance group will perform a routine based on the theme of “carrying a burden alone” for the GNP which will be broadcast live on BBC One at noon on Good Friday, April 18.

The GNP is a joint collaboration between the BBC and the Cultural Spring, a three-year £2million Arts Council funded project bringing arts and culture to 10 wards in Sunderland and South Tyneside.

Twelve shipping containers have been delivered to local communities, each of which has been assigned an artist and a theme based on the Stations of the Cross.

The containers will then be added to 60 others to form a huge cross-shaped installation in Bents Park, South Shields, from where the live BBC One programme will be broadcast.

Bad Taste Cru, is a 10-strong company of breakdancers based in Newcastle, with its members Paul Martin and Conor O’Kane managing the GNP project.

“It’s a really interesting, exciting project. We’re going to be using breakdancing techniques and physical theatre to explore our theme, said Paul.

“We have a great team of 11 dancers from Boldon School, who range in age from 11 to 15, and not all of them have dance experience.

“They will be complemented by four of our own dancers so there’ll be a good mix.”

The dancers will perform to a soundtrack specially written by rapper Ken Masters, also a member of Bad Taste Cru.

The Cultural Spring’s three partners are The Customs House, the University of Sunderland and Sunderland Music, Arts and Culture Trust.

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