Friday 15 June 2018 - 19:00 to Sunday 17 June 2018 - 17:00

An explosive mix of dance-theatre and circus from critically acclaimed British hip hop collective Far From The Norm.

Join the crowd, roaring and chanting, waiting in anticipation for the match of the year. The players: a selection of Europe’s best hip hop dancers and circus artists.

With a breathtaking combination of fast-paced footwork and physical floor routines, Union Black takes on one of the globe's favourite sports – football – to tackle questions of race, nationality and identity.

This athletic, energising show, created especially for Cork, uses a fusion of b-boying, popping, lindy hop and contemporary dance alongside the strength and skill in acro-dance, Chinese pole, juggling and tightrope walking of local and international circus artists.

Expect them to tear up the stage – and the rule book.

Far From The Norm have performed nationally and internationally at festivals such as Sadler’s Wells’ Breakin’ Convention, VAULT Festival, Plymouth Fringe, Talawa Firsts, Austria’s Hip Hop Goes Theatre, Festival Hop! and San Francisco’s International Hip Hop Dance Fest. They have presented work in theatres and venues across the UK. The artists’ past performances include Birdgang Dance Company, Hofesh Shechter Company and the Olympics Opening Ceremony.

Union Black is part of a project funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union; Circus250 Diverse, Real, Physical. Union Black is a co-production between Crying Out Loud, Cork Midsummer Festival, Le Plus Petit Cirque du Monde and Subtopia.

The British Council is proud to support this production as part of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, along with The Arts Council, UCC Creative, an initiative of University College Cork, Institut Français, and Cork City Council Arts Office.