Ends Apr 30 | 2h 0m | West Village

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.

Member Reviews (58)


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

Great dancing, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy modern dance, and connect with current music...

Don't see it if you want dialogue, don't like dance pieces, and want something literal

Also Great dancers and enjoyed watching this, EXCEPT, the seating is not co... Read more Read less

Confusing, Edgy, Resonant, Masterful, Clever

See it if you like hip hop and pop indie music. A loose interpretation of Romeo and Juliet separated by a wall. Great dancing and choreography.

Don't see it if you need a coherent story line. Pure dance which was sometimes hard to follow.

Exquisite, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if Want to see breathtaking dancing that will overwhelm you with joy, tears and beauty.

Don't see it if Just see it, silly

Youthful, Avant gard, Abstract, Great dancing, Edgy

See it if you want to see an unbelievably energetic performance of incomparably polished dancers and choreography with Romeo & Juliet storyline.

Don't see it if you don't like small performance spaces, loud noises, haze, strobe lights, modern experimental dance, rap, hip hop, or minimal speaking.

Energetic, Refreshing, Clever, Intimate, Amazing dancing

See it if You would enjoy a story being told through amazing dancers (hip hop/urban style)

Don't see it if You are looking for elaborate sets, need dialogue in order to enjoy a story, don’t like hip hop music or an urban style of dance

Also Amazing performance! I loved the intricacies and small details of the ... Read more Read less

Clever, Great dancing, Absorbing

See it if Fantastic dancers, smart choreography, powerful and relevant story, and appropriate selection of popular music.

Don't see it if No live singing, minimal dialogue, slightly repetitive choreography

Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if You're really into this particular style of hip hop dancing and want to see impassioned performers

Don't see it if You prefer lyrical or graceful dance, a plot, or diverse choreography

Refreshing, Must see, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if A great show and story with amazing dancing. Very moving and also very entertaining. Highly recommend

Don't see it if You want a musical or play. This was an amazing dance show.

Moving, Fun, Great dancing, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if you are fans of Keone and Mari (you should be!), you love contemporary dance--especially hip hop

Don't see it if you dislike dance in general, though I'd encourage you to give it a shot

Also Anyone who loves shows like So You Think You Can Dance, America's Best... Read more Read less

Refreshing, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy contemporary and hip hop dancing, inventive choreography, an intimate venue, and talented dancers.

Don't see it if you like a strong storyline, structure, and dialogue. The performance has very few words.

Refreshing, Masterful, Exquisite

See it if You love modern dance, set to a great soundtrack, with marvelous dancing, staging, and set. Great to take kids 5+ to, but amazing for adults

Don't see it if If you don’t like hiphop and pop.

Masterful, Intense, Relevant, Delightful, Talented dancers

See it if you want to see talented urban dancers

Don't see it if two hours of urban dancing is too much for you

Also Mr. Madrid is outstanding!

Absorbing, Relevant, Great dancing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy shows like SYTYCD or just enjoy watching modern dance. Very talented team of dancers, professional.

Don't see it if you're looking for a show with story. There's a good message behind the show, but it could easily get lost just focusing on the dancing.

Also FYI - very tight seatings.. it was a bit uncomfortable.

Edgy, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if Very energetic modern dance. Dancers very good. Audience was super enthusiastic

Don't see it if A little long for a dance piece and a little repetitious. A little bored by the end. Wonder if some in the audience knew the performers

Entertaining, Energetic, Great dancing, Romantic, Edgy

See it if you love contemporary hip hop dance programs. Bravo to the group of young dancers with full of energy and passion!

Don't see it if you do not enjoy long dance program, it's about 2 hours long with a short intermission.

Exuberant, uniquely personal choreography, charming

See it if A joyfully loud piece using stylized urban dance, lyrics, bright costumes and facial expressions of amazingly talented dancers. Ah youth!

Don't see it if You wouldn’t enjoy a young dance troup retelling “Romeo and Juliet” their way: loud music, haze, strobe lights, modern urban feel.

Entertaining, Exquisite, Enchanting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Dancing, amazing choreography, creative, story telling through actions, simple stories

Don't see it if Strobe, light effects, intense dancing, violent themes

Great choreography, Great dancing, Intense, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy stories told through urban dance done with passion and precision. Every movement and expression has meaning.

Don't see it if you don't like dance productions, crocheted scenery, or vague story lines. But the talented (and hardworking!) cast will draw you in.

Romantic, Intense, Must see, Masterful, Refreshing

See it if you appreciate amazing choreography and emotions throughout, excellent use of props and the stage, intelligent storyline

Don't see it if You are looking for a show that has dialogue and singing.

Great dancing, Fun, Refreshing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You love dance shows; stories told through dance; you love hip hop dance and/or commercialized hip hop dance

Don't see it if You need dialogue and/or singing. This is strictly told through dance. Don't see if you're not a fan of hip hop music and its dance styles.

Also The choreography was outstanding and the dancers all executed it beaut... Read more Read less

Great dancing & choreography, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if You’d appreciate beautiful crochet sets, varied musical genres, dancers’ evocative bodies,hands & faces telling the story, spot-on lighting.

Don't see it if you'll have an issue with sitting for nearly 2 hours (with intermission). The production at times seemed a bit long and redundant.

Also I wish I had not read the Romeo/Juliet reference. I found that I was d... Read more Read less

Great energy, Over long, Ambitious, Great dancing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy high voltage urban dance.

Don't see it if you are claustrophobic; the seating is very tight.

Riveting, Intense, Edgy, Unique, Clever

See it if You love modern urban dance. The choreography weaves a clear narrative that is expressive& entertaining. Love the quirky crocheted stage art

Don't see it if You’re looking for a traditional play/musical/dance performance or don’t like the dance form.

Must see, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You like great dancing, wonderful choreography. The show is stunning

Don't see it if If you are not interested in dancing shows

Joyous mix of grace and strength. dance and music event not to be missed!

See it if You like an amazing dance performance that looks effortless. Contemporary dance and music appeal to you.

Don't see it if You require a refined setting- the Judson Gym feels like a gym, at least until the mesmerizing performance begins.

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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