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‘My Hood’ Flames Collective feat. Y.O.U Collective!

Flames Collective are proud to unveil ‘My Hood’, a film by Alice Underwood, choreographed by Jordan ‘JFunk’ Franklin with music production by Andy Gilbert

‘My Hood,’ a film by Alice Underwood, choreographed by Jordan ‘JFunk’ Franklin with music production by Andy Gilbert, and performances by Y.O.U Collective and Flames Collective; extra footage captured by Missing Pixels and artwork by Erin Aniker and Cherelle Sappleton. Flames Collective Assistant Tutor – Kadian Foster. Production Assistant – Rhianna Compton.

Music Performers – Flames Collective:
Ana Ramos, Angel Kongolo, Charlotte Davis, Ella Mae Torbett, Isabelle Traore, Nela Korenica, Promise Kadree,
Rashidah Shenell, Mahama Binns, Ruby Jean Duffy, Shanay Lynch.

Dance Performers – Y.O.U Collective:
Jordan ‘JFunk’ Franklin Luca Murray Masaiya Thomas

Commissioned as part of East Bank’s 2022 Creative Programme, Flames collaborated with our building partners, East London Dance, on two songs – a cover, ‘My Hood’ by Ray BLK and ‘Breathing’, an original piece created specifically for East Bank. 

Photo by Antony Jones/Getty Images for V&A

FLAMES on ‘My Hood’: As defined by Ray BLK herself, ‘My Hood’ is about staying true to yourself and being proud of where you come from. As Flames are based in east London, they felt the song would be fitting to represent them as a choir, and as individuals coming from different backgrounds, which reflects the purpose of the celebration at East Bank. This song evokes a beautiful meaning and an even more powerful message, which Flames gracefully delivered on the night. 

Dystopia to Utopia: Reimagining Our Future took place on Sept 22nd, a large-scale outdoor performance fusing dance, music, spoken word and film. Creatively produced by East London Dance in partnership with UD Music, the performance includes an 80 strong cast of community, youth and professional dancers and singers from east London. 

The ‘My Hood’ film was projected during the performance, with Flames performing live at the event.

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 22: Crowds gather in east London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to watch ‘Dystopia to Utopia: Reimagining our Future’ – a live pop-up performance commissioned by East Bank partners the BBC, UAL’s London College of Fashion, UCL East, Sadler’s Wells East, and V&A East. Choreographed by Dannielle ‘Rhimes’ Lecointe and East London Dance, in collaboration with UD Music, the performance marks the finale of East Bank’s 2022 Creative Programme and looks ahead to the opening of East Bank, London’s new cultural quarter in Stratford’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on September 22, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Antony Jones/Getty Images for V&A)
Photo by Antony Jones/Getty Images for V&A


To find out more information, refer a young person or express an interest in auditioning please email flames@udmusic.org. The next audition takes place at Talent House on 1st November 2022. We hold auditions every term.

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