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Beyond Babel

From 58 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Great dancing, Relevant, Absorbing, Ambitious

About the show

Inspired by the classic tale of "Romeo & Juliet," this new dance theater piece is about the division of families, friends, and a community of people, as authorities decide to build a wall between them. More…

From the show:

BEYOND BABEL is a critically acclaimed new theatrical dance show created by Keone & Mari Madrid and Hideaway Circus. The production is inspired by the classic tale of Romeo & Juliet and current social stories from all over the world. BEYOND BABEL was described by Broadway World as "a truly spectacular theatre experience not to be missed."

BEYOND BABEL is about the division of families, friends, and a community of people as authorities decide to build a wall between them. We follow two divinely linked lovers as they reconcile with the rising tensions of a populace cut in half. The show is set to a contemporary soundtrack and features a cast of twelve elite dancers. BEYOND BABEL also features large crochet backdrops, art installations, and yarn-based props created by artist London Kaye.

2h 0m | Already closed | The Gym at Judson (West Village)

Member Reviews (58)


Entertaining, Great dancing, Relevant, Absorbing, Ambitious
Avg Score

Unusual, Charming, Ambitious, Energetic, Riveting

See it if you enjoy top-notch hip hop dancing. Talented yg performers work hard for 2 hrs! Endearing/engrossing. Strg visuals. Clever set/costumes.

Don't see it if you want a coherent story. Broad outline makes sense, but hard to follow. Still, if you like dance, this is a strg example of hip hop!

Relevant, Masterful, Energetic, Great dancing, Youthful

See it if Enthusiastic, super-talented young performers dance to chill hip-hop music. Emotional theme of lovers separated by immigration wall.

Don't see it if The theme got repetitive. A lot of the same conflict for 2 hours. That might not matter if you are just there to enjoy the dancing.

Ambitious, Exquisite precision dance, Intense, Almost no dialogue

See it if you want an evening of extraordinary contemporary dance using an unusual crocheted set.

Don't see it if you are expecting a play. There is a plot and characters but mostly its dance. Fabulous dance!

Slow, Quirky, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great dancing

See it if You want a dance piece very loosely inspired by Romeo & Juliet performed by a young, enthusiastic troupe of great dancers.

Don't see it if You're expecting theatre: this is all dance and/or R&J: while we have our star-crossed lovers, that's all the R&J you're getting...

Also The story here is a generic police state, with no interest in any why ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great choreography, Enchanting, Great staging, Clever

See it if you like a wildly entertaining and well choreographed show. Clever use of music for the dance moves. Talented cast.

Don't see it if you don't like all modern music or loud music. If you can't manage steps this venue is not for you.

Also I wish I could have seen this show at a venue with better seating view... Read more Read less

Cliched, Clever staging, Relevant, Talented performers, Entertaining

See it if Would like 2-hr full-length dance piece w emotional arc & good use of moving "walls".

Don't see it if Although it's ambitious in scope, the choreography/story becomes repetitive & gets draggy by the end.

Also Saw this at Gym at Judson during previews.

Fun, Quirky, Great dancing, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if You want to see phenomenal hip-hop dancers do their thing. You don't mind hip-hop music. You don't mind a loose plot.

Don't see it if You don't like hip-hop dancing or music. Every time they opened their mouths to talk it was a mess. Great dancers, bad verbal actors

Impressive, Crowdpleaser, Great dancing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you like readily appreciable dance: synchronicity, moving in time to a regular beat, pretty large ensembles, virtuosic talent, hip hop.

Don't see it if you prefer more abstract, free association, atonal movement pieces.

Also Plot is hard to follow. It doesn’t matter. More like this, please! A g... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Riveting

See it if It’s a piece of dance theater. What I could see from my seat was terrific. BUT the Judson Gym is the wrong venue. Poor sight lines.

Don't see it if Unless you are in the first row, you will miss most of the show. A real shame.

Profound, Masterful, Riveting

See it if Beautiful and moving story of thwarted young love told through "west coast urban dance". Truly phenomenal performances.

Don't see it if A dancing modern Romeo and Juliet set amidst urban decay and separated by a wall, against a ​backdrop of contemporary music.

Also The ensemble is staggeringly great--as well as being very diverse, wit... Read more Read less

Energetic, Repetitive, Interesting choreography, Great dancing

See it if you are a fan of So You Think You Can Dance. Basically a 2 hour SYTYCD routine. Talented and energetic company with some creative choreo.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in hip hop/contemporary dance. Romeo and Juliet plot felt like a stretch.

Also Sightlines in this theater were awful. I wish this could have been som... Read more Read less

Relevant, Entertaining, Great choreography, Fabulous dancing

See it if you'd forgive a paper-thin storyline to enjoy a nearly wordless urban dance theater piece with brilliant choreography & great young dancers

Don't see it if you don't go for hip-hop, rap, alternative/indie pop music & dance; didn't like the urban style of Hamilton or Spring Awakening

Also It was a bit too long and the action in the scenes were a bit too repe... Read more Read less

Amazing dancing, Exquisite, Refreshing, Enchanting

See it if The choreography &execution of intensely articulated dance moves is amazing &performance is both moving & exuberant. Fence climb dance a wow

Don't see it if Story can be confusing as not only R&J as suggested but political overtones and more. Still an exquisite modern dance piece.

Entertaining, Great staging, Great choreography, Great dancing, Clever

See it if you'd enjoy a story portrayed through contemporary dancing with unique staging by renowned choreo/dancers, Keone & Mari Madrid and the crew.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy stories portrayed strictly through dancing, don't like contemporary dance style or music, or need solid story lines.

Great acting, Entertaining, Refreshing, Masterful, Top-notch dance show

See it if Street dance (mainly urban) masters, strong ensemble with sparkling solos; choreography seamlessly matching the music & lyrics; high energy!

Don't see it if Similar dance style, could feel repetitive after 2hrs; Floor movements & footwork blocked by front row audience; budgeted set; vague story

Great staging, Clever

See it if you like modern dancing used to tell a story. Enjoy contemporary music as a soundtrack. Enjoy a looser crowd and a laid back atmosphere.

Don't see it if you mind some narrative logic issues. Do not mind having to read into various scenes as the dance tells the story.

Also I think this maybe quiet the hit. I didn't land perfectly with me beca... Read more Read less

Phenomenal, Beautiful choreography, Great dancing, Agile & energetic

See it if Don't miss it if you like West Coast break dance. This troupe's group dancing is a sight to behold! Very diverse dancers.

Don't see it if It's basically Romeo & Juliette story, with communication mainly conveyed by lyrics of pop & hip-hop songs. Full of youthful energy!

Different. energetic. interesting dancing

See it if you like hip-hop dancing.

Don't see it if You don’t like hip-hop dancing

Passionate, Energetic, Entertaining, Great dancing

See it if You appreciate modern/urban dance, & tv shows like World of Dance, So You Think You Can Dance etc. Strong young committed company of dancers

Don't see it if You want clarity of story, a traditional show, elbow room in seating, or traditional sets

Also I really appreciated the passion & talents of the diverse dance compan... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Delightful, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you want to see interesting modern hip-hop dancing by very talented dancers

Don't see it if you just don't like hip-hop music and break dancing

Intelligent, Great tech, Great staging, Great dancing, Great choreography

See it if you want to see wonderful dance performances by an exciting dance company.

Don't see it if you do not like contemporary urban dance.

Relevant, Refreshing, Great staging, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy hip-hop dancing or the use of dance to tell a story

Don't see it if you need dialogue and full set pieces to enjoy a show or if you don't like watching dance as a means to tell a story.

Also The choreography is incredible and each individual dancer brings so mu... Read more Read less

Refreshing, Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you'd like a riff on Romeo and Juliet done with hip hop and other urban dances by 12 wonderful dancers.

Don't see it if you don't like hip hip or contemporary music.

Great music, Muddled story, Phenomenal dancing, Absorbing

See it if Hard hitting, precise, expressive dance; a familiar story told in a different way

Don't see it if you want a clear story or dialogue

Exquisite, Resonant, Romantic, Intense, Great dancing

See it if you love dance, popular music, or hip hop. This piece tells a timely story through movement, and every performer is a complex character.

Don't see it if you prefer your stories to be told through dialogue or lyrics. This piece is dance-heavy, and the message is nice, but fairly simplistic.

February 2nd, 2020
CRITIC’S PICK "A Fence Separates Star-Crossed Lovers: Unpretentious innocence and detailed choreography fuel Keone and Mari Madrid’s West Coast urban dance riff on 'Romeo and Juliet.'"
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February 3rd, 2020
"'Beyond Babel' Builds a Wall Through the Middle of a Modern Verona: Keone and Mari Madrid choreograph and star in their full-length dance piece about star-crossed love and political warfare."
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February 2nd, 2020
4/5 Stars. "Keone and Mari Madrid lead highly-energized 12-member dance troupe with inspiration."
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