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Ballet Black Mixed Bill
Co-commissioned by the Barbican
Dance so thrilling and imaginative that it packs the auditorium every time – the hugely popular Ballet Black is back with a double bill full of lyrical contrasts and beautiful movement.
For her latest programme, Artistic Director Cassa Pancho brings us two original works: The Royal Ballet’s Olivier Award-winning choreographer William Tuckett‘s Then Or Now blends classical ballet, music and the poetry of Adrienne Rich to ask the question: in times like these, where do we belong? Recent Olivier nominee Mthuthuzeli November contemplates the purpose of life in The Waiting Game, an exciting and energetic work about the meaning of life, infused with a dynamic soundtrack featuring the company dancers’ voices.
Ballet Black is transforming the dance landscape by giving a platform to artists of black and Asian descent as well as to new and established choreographic voices whose unexpected stories and themes come from the heart to resonate with modern audiences.
The Waiting Game
Then Or Now
Photography by Holly McGlynn
|Age:||Recommended for ages 7+|
"AMBITIOUS, ATMOSPHERIC WORK"
"BALLET BLACK IS SURE-FIRE, HOT-ROD, COOL, A CRUCIBLE OF SIMMERING TALENT PUNCHING PROUD AND TAKING NO PRISONERS"
THE REVIEWS HUB
"THE DIVERSITY OF THE TWO PIECES DEMONSTRATE THAT BALLET CAN BE ANYTHING IT WANTS TO BE: CLASSICAL, POWERFUL, SEDUCTIVE, EDGY, CONTEMPORARY OR EVEN LAUGH OUT LOUD FUNNY AND BALLET BLACK DOES THEM ALL JUSTICE"
Choreography - Then Or Now
Lighting - Then Or Now
Costume design - Then Or Now
Poetry - Then Or Now
Adrienne Rich (1929-2012)
Composer - Then Or Now
Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644-1704)
Recording - Then Or Now
Daniel Pioro and improvisation
Poetry recordings - Then Or Now
Hafsah Bashir, Natasha Gordon & Michael Shaeffer
Choreography - The Waiting Game
Lighting - The Waiting Game
Costume design - The Waiting Game
Composers - The Waiting Game
Etta James (1938-2012), Ljova & the Kontraband, Mthuthuzeli November
Vocal recordings - The Waiting Game