Friday, October 28 and Saturday, 29 at 7.30pm
British-Trinidadian Artistic Director Cassa Pancho has attracted a devoted following for her classically trained troupe, Ballet Black. They are a company of international dancers of black and Asian descent who seek to reinvigorate ballet with a resolute energy and versatility. In this programme, Cassa, who trained at the Royal Academy, teams up with three bold choreographers to forge a trilogy of thrilling narrative and abstract dance.
Two newly devised pieces; To Begin, Begin by Christopher Marney and Cristaux, a delicately woven duet by Arthur Pita, are accompanied by Christopher Hampson’s Storyville, a bittersweet tale of Nola the farm girl who falls prey to dodgy characters and base desires in 1920s New Orleans. The piece is set to a haunting and melancholy soundtrack of Kurt Weill songs including the popular but strangely eerie Mack the Knife.
Already gaining plaudits for sparkling performances and dreamy staging, Storyville and its supporting pieces look set to keep the awards rolling in for Ballet Black.
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