Sadler’s Wells and 180 Stu­di­os are delighted to present the world première of Ivan Michael Black­stock’s TRAPLORD which will run at 180 Stu­di­os from Sat­urday 26 MarchSat­urday 16 April 2022 in a co-pro­duc­tion with The Fact­ory and ALTRU­VI­OL­ET.

Award-win­ning dance artist and cul­tur­al innov­at­or Ivan Michael Black­stock’s TRAPLORD is an immers­ive dance per­form­ance med­it­at­ing on life, death and rebirth. Wan­der­ing between dreams and real­ity, TRAPLORD takes us on a new hero­ic jour­ney to self-actualisation.

Using dance, theatre and spoken word to explore raw and con­front­a­tion­al themes of men­tal health and mas­culin­ity, TRAPLORD is an invit­a­tion to ques­tion the ste­reo­typ­ing of Black men in con­tem­por­ary west­ern soci­ety; an attempt to escape from the men­tal state of being con­demned before hav­ing lived.

Dir­ect­or and Cho­reo­graph­er, Ivan Michael Black­stock said: “Bring­ing TRAPLORD to the the­at­ric­al stage is some­thing I’ve felt I needed to do for a long time. The exper­i­ence and story it tells is one that has always felt present in me so uncov­er­ing that truth and shar­ing it in this way brings me great relief and a sense of heal­ing. Look­ing at the cycle of life, death and rebirth from a black male per­spect­ive, along with the spe­cif­ic chal­lenges to men­tal health that go along with this, I hope that this pro­duc­tion will encour­age audi­ences to delve with­in them­selves to reflect and find their own way of tak­ing pos­it­ive action in their own lives. It’s incred­ible to see the TRAPLORD uni­verse start to take shape – watch this space.

Tick­ets are avail­able to pur­chase from and    

Sadler’s Wells x 180 Studios
A co-pro­duc­tion with The Fact­ory and ALTRUVIOLET
180 Stu­di­os, WC2R

Sat­urday 26 March – Sat­urday 16 April 2022 
Tick­ets: £20-£25
Tick­et Office: 020 7863 8000 or

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Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rishma Dhali­w­al has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.