Southpaw Dance Company

Photography by Chris Taylor

Photography by Chris Taylor

Southpaw Dance Company (aka Bad Taste Company/Cru) combine world-class Breaking skills with physical theatre and narrative to produce work that has been said to “take British urban dance to new heights” (Royston Maldoom OBE) Southpaw have represented the UK and Ireland internationally since 1998, and continue to create work that redefines the vocabulary of breaking.

In this re-imagining of Goethe’s “Faust”, drinking, gambling, womanising, and general debauchery make the Speakeasy a perfect place for a man to lose his soul, as we see when Faust is manipulated, to both comic and tragic effect, into a deal with the devil where his very soul hangs in the balance.

Told through the intense physical and narrative dance style that Bad Taste Kompany have become renowned for, ‘Speakeasy’ features a unique fusion of world-class breaking combined with Lindy Hop, Charleston, and swinging big band music of the roaring 20’s that taps into the spirit of gangsters, bootleggers, gamblers, flappers, and hep cats of the time.

Building on the success of the 2011 outdoor commission “Tribal Assembly”, flaming cocktails, burning boxing rings, and a literally explosive set combine with world class dance skills and authentic 20s styling to provide an experience not to be missed.


Suitcase logo Faust by Southpaw Dance Company is currently available for touring. Please contact the company directly for details of availability, technical requirements and costs.



Commissioners and Partners
Commissioned by Without Walls
Dance City
Stockton International Riverside Festival
Tess Valley Dance
Magnetic Events / SO Festival


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