28/10-3/11 2024 MALMÖ SWEDEN

Groove - The Ruggeds & Ghetto Funk Collective (NL)

October 31, 2024
Palladium Malmö
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Groove - The Ruggeds & Ghetto Funk Collective (NL)

During this lively dance concert, The Ruggeds and Ghetto Funk Collective take you 50 years back in time to the era of James Brown, Aretha Franklin, and Marvin Gaye. They guide you on a journey through the evolution of Funk & Soul to Hip-Hop, House, and everything in between.


In GROOVE, this mix of dancing musicians and musical dancers throws a party on the stage. These two top dance crews from the Netherlands showcase their skills globally, with The Ruggeds recently becoming World Champions in Breaking.

So, dress to impress and put on your best outfit for this Night Out On The Town filled with live music, improvisation, and spectacular dance moves, where the Soul Train knows no final stop.


The Ruggeds strive to continually challenge themselves in the theater, aiming to surprise their audience. Whether it's a high-energy show that gets your blood pumping like Adrenaline or an intimate setting as seen in State Shift, they consistently garner recognition in both the battle scene and the theater.

"The Ruggeds have put Dutch Hip-Hop dance on the map." - Jury report Charlotte Köhler Prize 2020.

"Consistently surprising." - Jury report for De Zwaan for the 'most impressive dance production' of 2022.

Remaining true to themselves, they draw inspiration from Hip Hop and street culture, unapologetically bringing it to the theater. GROOVE, too, promises to be a surprising show, definitely worth a visit.


Today, a dynamic and eclectic community thrives. With a passion for creating and sharing dance, music, and art that sets people in motion, Ghetto Funk Collective from Amsterdam is a family of creative individuals. They come together to form a unique movement, sound, and experience within their shared love for funk culture. It's not just a music genre for them; it's an embrace of its lifestyle and essence. They embody the spirit of funk in the 21st century and have swiftly become one of the most influential forces in the global funk scene. In essence, Ghetto Funk Collective is a distinctive and innovative group pushing the boundaries of funk dance and music. With their infectious energy and dedication to making a positive impact, they are sure to continue causing a stir in the global industry for years to come

De Volkskrant (NL)


‘’During Groove, funk, soul, hip-hop, and house seamlessly blend in the hands of this octet. Adorned with fedora hats and umbrellas, they craft a funky journey from the past to the present; the joy radiates from this infectious performance.’’

Theaterkrant (NL)

‘’The absolute highlight and killer closing act of the evening are The Ruggeds from Eindhoven in collaboration with the Amsterdam-based Ghetto Funk Collective.’’


Producent: The Ruggeds

Music: Jessy ‘FORTBEIGE’ Kemper, Alexander ‘Shield Beats’ Henriksen

Choreographer: Ruben ‘Chi’ Verhoeven

Cast: Lucinda Wessels, Rico ‘Griimsen’ Coker, Sammy Huijts, Virgil ‘Skychief’ Dey, Roche Apinsa, Alexander ‘Shield Beats’ Henriksen, Jessy ‘FORTBEIGE’ Kemper, Ruben ‘Chi’ Verhoeven

Directing: Niek Traa

Graphic design: Franky Sticks

Light and decor: Ido Koppenaal

Costume: Jinko Joshu

Website: www.theruggeds.com/groove

Presented by Malmö Dance Week, Iver & Dansstationen

Supported by: Kulturrådet, Region Skåne & Malmö Stad 

Malmö Dance Week

Since 2018

Music, Dance & Culture




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