Body Politic is a critically acclaimed professional hip hop company based in Oxford, whose work empowers the voices of under-represented communities both on, and off the stage.
Who We Are
Founded in Oxford in 2012, Emma-Jane Greig is the Artistic Director of not-for-profit hip hop theatre company Body Politic, who are committed to creating issue-based work through performance and participation.
Body Politic work with artists primarily diverse communities. Through producing evocative dance theatre work and implementing ambitious outreach programmes, we seek to actively address the imbalance in representation of artists of Black and Asian origin and hip hop theatre as an art form.
Body Politic are the first independent female led Hip Hop dance theatre company to have toured outside of London in 2019.
“Body Politic’s Father Figurine should be celebrated as one of the first full- length Hip Hop theatre works from a Hip Hop company based outside London that has multiple tour dates across southern England.” – Ian Abbott, Writing About Dance.
As well as professional touring, Body Politic run an enriching education programme which consists of regular classes, workshops leadership training, and internships. The project supports young people through the development of transferable skills which will boost future employability, skills, and attainment.
- that Body Politic is a flagship for female-led Hip Hop Theatre and is passionate about supporting the national community of Hip Hop practitioners through artistic development opportunities.
- everyone has the right to experience art and culture, and fight to ensure that our work is accessed by those who are often excluded due to inaccessibility or cost.
- in the power of working collaboratively to continuously challenge, reinvent and elevate new voices within the cultural sector.
- that hip hop dance can transform the lives and experiences of young people from vulnerable and marginalised communities, and strive to provide infrastructure, training and support to help promote these young people.
Our core principles:
Body Politic is made up of three core strands: outreach, artist development and theatre.
Community and outreach are two of the driving forces behind our work.
We want our work to reach audiences and people who don’t frequently have access to the arts through delivering bespoke education and outreach packages led by a team of highly experienced practitioners.
We offered a subsidised programme of dance activity in Oxford, and work with school engagement officers, social services and other local organisations to target young people most at need.
As an organisation we are passionate about investing in the continued development of our artistic workforce.
We deliver transformative career pathways for young artists equipping them with the skills, confidence and leadership to inform future success.
All of our programmes aim to nurture young artists through the development of transferable skills, boosting employability and representation within the cultural landscape.
We work collaboratively with a range of artists to ensure that our artistic voice and foundation is continually evolving.
In bringing together different diverse artists and prioritising shared learning it has enabled Body Politic to produce authentic, relevant and essential work.
With your support, we are able to continue to deliver our ambitious and enriching programme of work, ensuring that it reaches the audiences and people who benefit the most.
“During my time as Relationship Manager for Dance at Arts Council England, South East I was impressed with the grit, creativity and imagination shown by Body Politic in all their projects.
Working at the very grass roots and inspiring new generations with their teaching through to thought-provoking, hip hop inspired shows is no easy task and they manage it great skill and spirit.”
“Having known Emma-Jane and worked with Body Politic for several years now, I have always been impressed by their dedication to the development and nurturing of young people’s talent, well-being and constantly inspiring them to strive to be the best that they can be. The energy and passion is their main driving force, with an unswerving commitment to both inform, challenge and inspire audiences with their work.
Their performance works feeds seamlessly through to their education work; developing and encouraging the talents of the younger generation, with inspiring and talented role models. They are a company both Dancin’ Oxford dance festival and Oxford City Council’s Culture Team are proud to support, and Dancin’ Oxford looks forward to continuing the strong partnership, they have developed over the last couple of years.”
GET INVOLVED WITH THE COMPANY
We’re always looking for passionate people who would like to get more involved in the work that we’re doing. If you’re interested in marketing, media or you’re an artist looking for work, we’d love to hear from you!