Ballet Black double bill at York Theatre Royal

I’m not normally a dance fan, but this dance extravaganza looks pretty amazing.

Led by Artistic Director Cassa Pancho, Ballet Black (founded in 2001) celebrates dancers of Black and Asian descent, showcasing exceptional creative talent in specially commissioned pieces. The company is dedicated to diversifying classical ballet and has already toured internationally – pretty inspiring stuff. 

First up is The Suit, a piece based on a story by South African writer Can Themba, choreographed by Cathy Marston. 

The Suit was first published in 1963 in the inaugural issue of The Classic, a South African literary journal. On publication, the story was banned by the apartheid regime.

The Times (March 2018) said of the piece: “Marston handles it with aplomb, crafting the narrative via stylised movement that slips between sinous sensuality and traces of social dancing for a supporting ensemble that functions as a kinetic chorus” 

The double bill also shows A Dream Within A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 

Award-winning dance maker Arthur Pita choreographs and directs Ballet Black’s narrative ballet A Dream Within A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Induced by Puck’s many charming vices and led into the seductive and mind-altering forest, Oberon, Titania and the lovers are enticed into unexpected frolics and enchantments. Going one step further than the classic Shakespeare play, the characters drift into a dream within a dream where passionate intuition and perhaps true love flourish. For a ballet routine, I’m sure this premise is simply glorious. 

Get your tickets for the show, happening on Tuesday 27th November at 7.30pm.

Photography credited to Bill Cooper. 

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