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The critically acclaimed Ballet Black strive to honour the traditions of classical ballet while breaking new ground with cutting-edge choreography. Now an essential part of the classical ballet landscape, the company is the perfect showcase for dancers of black and Asian descent, providing them with a platform on which to perform and practise their craft. Unsurprisingly, Ballet Black attracts dancers, choreographers and designers from around the world. Ballet Black website.

Archive listings for Ballet Black

Work type: Dance or ballet. There are performances of this work in the listings (current and future) database, see Ballet Black

Mixed Bill: Then Or Now/The Waiting Game - T0116734638

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.
15 Jan 21Festival Theatre, Edinburgh :: V600
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19 Jun 20 to 20 Jun 20Royal & Derngate, Northampton :: V449
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16 Jun 20 to 17 Jun 20Rose Theatre Kingston, Kingston :: V051452426
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26 Mar 20 to 29 Mar 20Barbican Centre, West End :: V371
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Ingoma/Pendulum/CLICK! - T1563351804

Ingoma (meaning song) is a specially commissioned piece by Company dancer and choreographer Mthuthuzeli November, which imagines the struggles of black South African miners in 1946 - the same year in which 60,000 of them took courageous strike action. Through a fusion of ballet, African dance and singing, the performance portrays a milestone moment in the country's history. Ballet Black reprise Martin Lawrance's "wickedly intelligent" (The Guardian) Pendulum - an intimate duet which premiered in 2009 and the choreographer's first work made for the company. An original, light-hearted work by Scottish Ballet's choreographer-in-residence, Sophie Laplane, also a premiere, completes the Triple Bill.Choreographer Mthuthuzeli November (Ingoma). Choreographer Martin Lawrance (Pendulum). Choreographer Sophie Laplane (CLICK!). Lighting David Plater. Design Yann Seabra. Design Peter Todd. Music Peter Todd (Ingoma).
26 Nov 19Theatre Royal, York :: V954
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15 Nov 19 to 16 Nov 19Stanley and Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds :: V0157226077
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6 Nov 19 to 9 Nov 19Theatre Royal Stratford East, Outer London :: V337
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1 Nov 19The Playhouse, Oxford :: V803
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14 May 19Derby Theatre, Derby :: V1830193620
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Mixed Programme: The Suit - T1006946441

This mixed programme features The Suit, choreographed by Cathy Marston, who is renowned for her expressive and beautifully crafted work. Inspired by Can Themba's South African fable of the same name, Marston's ballet is set to music brought together by composer Philip Feeney. Completing the evening will be a new ballet, to be announced.Choreographer Cathy Marston. Music Philip Feeney. Design Jane Heather. Lighting David Plater. DramaturgEdward Kemp.
13 Jun 19 to 15 Jun 19Royal Opera House, West End :: V377
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Double Bill - T320210941

Forming the first half of the bill, Ingoma (meaning song) is a specially commissioned piece by company dancer and choreographer Mthuthuzeli November, which imagines the struggles of black South African miners in 1946 ? the same year in which 60,000 of them took courageous strike action. Through a fusion of ballet, African dance and singing, the performance by Ballet Black's artists portrays a milestone moment in the country's history. To follow, a light-hearted and engaging narrative ballet by choreographer Luca Silvestrini, another original work for a mesmerising ensemble whose dancers are of black and Asian descent.Choreographer Mthuthuzeli November. Choreographer Luca Silvestrini.
14 Mar 19 to 17 Mar 19Barbican Centre, West End :: V371
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The Suit/A Dream Within A Midsummer Night's Dream - T1398603416

Led by Artistic Director Cassa Pancho, Ballet Black celebrates dancers of Black and Asian descent. As part of their latest double bill, renowned British choreographer Cathy Marston choreographs a new ballet based on Can Themba's moving fable The Suit. Completing the evening is Arthur Pita's Olivier-nominated A Dream Within a Midsummer Night's Dream, which mixes classical and contemporary to distil the essence of Shakespeare's classic comedy.Choreographer Cathy Marston (The Suit). Choreographer Arther Pita (A Dream Within a Midsummer Night's Dream).
29 Nov 18Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells :: V690
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27 Nov 18Theatre Royal, York :: V954
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30 Oct 18Rose Theatre Kingston, Kingston :: V051452426
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16 Oct 18Theatre Royal, Winchester :: V782
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10 Oct 18 to 13 Oct 18Theatre Royal Stratford East, Outer London :: V337
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8 Jun 18 to 9 Jun 18The Tramway, Glasgow :: V621
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6 Jun 18Dundee Repertory Theatre, Dundee :: V596
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16 May 18Playhouse, Nottingham :: V457
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2 May 18Bristol Old Vic, Bristol :: V857
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15 Mar 18 to 17 Mar 18Barbican Centre, West End :: V371
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Dream Within a Dream - T1439657415

19 Nov 18The Lowry, Salford :: V0655996499
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Triple Bill: Captured/Dopamine/Red Riding Hood - T01472750372

In this latest mixed bill from Ballet Black, Artistic Director Cassa Pancho commissions bold choreography once more, blending the classical and contemporary, narrative and abstract, for her ballet company comprising British and international dancers of black and Asian descent. A four-hander characterised by intricate detail and propulsive energy, Captured ebbs and flows to the fiery emotion of Martin Lawrance's edgy choreography, set to a Shostakovich string quartet. First premiered in 2012, Captured was an instant audience and critical success, "...a highly dynamic work, set to the dense and threatening strings of Shostakovich." (Telegraph). French choreographer, Ludovic Ondiviela, presents Dopamine (you make my levels go silly), a beautiful pas de deux about love, lust and passion with an original score created by acclaimed British composer, Fabio D'Andrea. South Bank Sky Arts Award-winner Annabelle Lopez Ochoa turns a popular fairy tale on its head, as Red Riding Hood is given a surprising twist - the Wolf might just regret messing with Red Riding Hood!
8 Nov 17 to 11 Nov 17Theatre Royal Stratford East, Outer London :: V337
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Triple Bill: Captured/House of Dreams/Red Riding Hood - T0982504411

Ballet Black, now celebrating its 16th year, has been delighting a new generation of dance fans with its "dash, daring and joie de vivre" (Guardian). In this triple bill, Artistic Director Cassa Pancho has once again commissioned bold choreography, blending the classical and contemporary, narrative and abstract, for her ballet company comprising British and international dancers of black and Asian descent. A four-hander characterised by intricate detail and propulsive energy, Captured ebbs and flows to the fiery emotion of Martin Lawrance's edgy choreography, set to a Shostakovich string quartet. First premiered in 2012, Captured was an instant audience and critical success, "...a highly dynamic work, set to the dense and threatening strings of Stostakovich." (Telegraph) Celebrated British choreographer Michael Corder, whose glittering versions of Cinderella and The Snow Queen have been seen across Europe, creates the evening's second abstract piece for four dancers to the beautiful music of Debussy with designs from long-time Ballet Black collaborator, Yukiko Tsukamoto. South Bank Sky Arts Award-winner Annabelle Lopez Ochoa turns a popular fairy tale on its head, as she gives her story ballet a surprising twist: this time, the wolf will truly regret ever meeting Red Riding Hood.
4 Oct 17The Playhouse, Oxford :: V803
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22 Jun 17Playhouse, Nottingham :: V457
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19 May 17Connaught Theatre, Worthing :: V725
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3 May 17Theatre Royal, Winchester :: V782
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28 Mar 17Arts Depot, Outer London :: V320
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Triple Bill: Storyville/To Begin, Begin/Cristaux - T01577816782

At the centerpiece is Christopher Hampson's Storyville: set in 1920s New Orleans we follow Nola, a young farm girl who falls prey to unscrupulous characters and secret desires, set to the haunting music of Kurt Weill. The programme also includes two newly devised pieces, Christopher Marney's To Begin, Begin, fresh from McQueen, and a duet Cristaux by recent Olivier Award Winner Arthur Pita, who previously choreographed a hit version of A Midsummer Night's Dream for Ballet Black's eight-strong ensemble. British-Trinidadian Artistic Director Cassa Pancho has attracted a loyal following for her classically trained troupe, reinvigorating ballet with energy and imagination as well as making world class original new work.
18 Nov 16Lichfield Garrick, Lichfield :: V118
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15 Nov 16Watford Palace Theatre, Watford :: V55
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2 Nov 16Cast, Doncaster :: V1545109680
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28 Oct 16 to 29 Oct 16The Tramway, Glasgow :: V621
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6 Oct 16 to 8 Oct 16Theatre Royal Stratford East, Outer London :: V337
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27 Sep 16 to 28 Sep 16Millfield Theatre, Outer London :: V316
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Triple Bill: Storyville/Cassa Pancho - T0256028642

Ballet Black, a company for international dancers of black and Asian descent, collaborates with three bold and inventive choreographers to present a trilogy of narrative and abstract dance. At the centrepiece, Christopher Hampson's Storyville is the bittersweet fable of Nola, a farm girl who falls prey to unscrupulous characters and worldly desires in 1920s' New Orleans, set to the haunting music of Kurt Weill. British-Trinidadian Artistic Director Cassa Pancho has attracted a loyal following for her classically trained troupe, reinvigorating ballet with an indomitable energy and inspired versatility as well as promoting original work. Her first programme to be performed here also includes two newly devised pieces, by Christopher Marney, fresh from McQueen, and a duet by Arthur Pita, who previously choreographed a hit version of A Midsummer Night's Dream for Ballet Black's eight-strong ensemble.
16 Nov 16The Playhouse, Harlow :: V40
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11 Oct 16 to 12 Oct 16Northern Stage, Newcastle upon Tyne :: V568
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22 Jun 16Playhouse, Nottingham :: V457
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10 Jun 16The Playhouse, Oxford :: V803
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18 Mar 16 to 19 Mar 16Barbican Centre, West End :: V371
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Triple Bill - T718998030

The Company is delighted to present a triple bill of exciting new works by Kit Holder (Birmingham Royal Ballet) and Will Tuckett (Royal Ballet). Award-winning choreographer Mark Bruce also presents the Company's newest narrative ballet, Second Coming; inspired by Yeat's poem of the same name and the obscure ambiguities of Grimm's fairy-tales.
3 Nov 15Watford Palace Theatre, Watford :: V55
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14 Oct 15 to 15 Oct 15Millfield Theatre, Outer London :: V316
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13 Oct 15Mercury Theatre, Colchester :: V37
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9 Oct 15Theatre Royal, Winchester :: V782
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13 Apr 15 to 14 Apr 15Arts Theatre, Cambridge :: V19
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Dream Within a Midsummer Night's Dream/Two of a Kind/Limbo - T550507858

The company are delighted to present a triple bill of new work with exciting ballets from two of Britain's best choreographers, Christopher Marney (Gothenburg Ballet, New Adventures), and Martin Lawrance (Richard Alston Dance Company). Award-winning dance maker, Arthur Pita (Showboat, The Metamorphosis) creates Ballet Black's newest narrative ballet.Choreographer Arthur Pita (A Dream Within a Midsummer Night's Dream). Choreographer christopher Marney (Two of a Kind). Choreographer Martin Lawrance (Limbo).
16 Apr 15New Victoria Theatre, Woking :: V709
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28 Nov 14Theatre Royal, Winchester :: V782
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18 Nov 14Watford Palace Theatre, Watford :: V55
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14 Apr 14 to 15 Apr 14Arts Theatre, Cambridge :: V19
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Mixed Programme - T1908629297

A new mixed programme that demonstrates to the full the company's talent and versatility.
10 Feb 15 to 14 Feb 15Royal Opera House, West End :: V377
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6 Nov 14 to 7 Nov 14Stanley and Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds :: V0157226077
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T482465997

Cassa Pancho's company of black and Asian classically trained dancers returns to the Linbury Studio Theatre with a dynamic new programme.
26 Feb 14 to 4 Mar 14Royal Opera House, West End :: V377
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Quadruple Bill featuring War Letters - T0591405390

British choreographer, Christopher Marney (Gothenburg Ballet, New Adventures) creates Ballet Black's newest story ballet, War Letters, an episodic journey through relationships built during World War Two. Experience the loneliness of the women left behind, the aftermath of a soldier's turmoil, the fun of the London dance halls and the sights and sounds of the Blitz spirit.Choreographer Ludovic Ondiviela. Choreographer Robert Binet. Choreographer Javier De Frutos. Choreographer Christopher Marney (War Letters).
10 Oct 13Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh :: V633
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in Rehearsal - T0618441602

This new programme draws on work by a diverse range of choreographers and promises to be an exhilarating evening.
2 Oct 13Millfield Theatre, Outer London :: V316
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27 Feb 13 to 6 Mar 13Royal Opera House, West End :: V377
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Running Silent/New Duet/Captured/Storyville - T01904058822

Ballet Black will present a mixed bill of premieres from some of the most exciting British choreographic talent today: Running Silent, a unique solo created by Jonathan Goddard (Rambert Dance Company), a new duet from Jonathan Watkins (The Royal Ballet) to specially composed music by Alex Baranowski, and Martin Lawrence (creator of Pendulum for Ballet Black) returns with his new quartet, Captured. They will debut their exciting new ballet, Storyville, a dark tale of love, corruption and survival set in the nightclubs of 1900's New Orleans, by renowned choreographer Christopher Hampson.Choreographer Jonathan Watkins (New Duet). Music Alex Baranowski (New Duet). Choreographer Martin Lawrance (Captured). Choreographer Jonathan Goddard (Running Silent). Choreographer Christopher Hampson (Storyville). Design Gary Harris.
14 Nov 12Arts Depot, Outer London :: V320
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19 Jun 12Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham :: V0165922284
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12 Jun 12 to 13 Jun 12Arts Theatre, Cambridge :: V19
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10 May 12Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre, Taunton :: V918
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2 May 12 to 3 May 12Northcott Theatre, Exeter :: V886
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29 Mar 12 to 30 Mar 12Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds :: V76
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29 Feb 12 to 7 Mar 12Royal Opera House, West End :: V377
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Tenth Anniversary Celebration Tour: Da Gamba/Shift/Orpheus - T1459813076

Now celebrating their tenth year, the company present a mixed bill of highlights from the past decade, including the critically acclaimed Da Gamba by the Welsh-Nigerian choreographer Henri Oguike, Shift by former New York City Ballet dancer, Antonia Franceschi, and the company's first narrative ballet, Orpheus created by Will Tuckett.
16 Nov 11Arts Depot, Outer London :: V320
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8 Oct 11Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury :: V673
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TRW 10th Birthday Gala Performance - T0303764808

It has been an incredible 10 years since the reopening of Theatre Royal Winchester and to celebrate this momentous occasion, we invite you to a very special Gala evening performance by Ballet Black, Cassa Pancho's award-winning company of black and Asian ballet dancers. There will be a special toast given before the performance delivered by the new CEO, Mark Courtice, for which audiences will be given complimentary bubbly or wine, to raise their glasses to the continued success of Winchester s premier venue for live performance. Ballet Black also celebrates its 10th year and has garnered huge success and a cult following, working with artists such as Richard Alston, Liam Scarlett and Christopher Hampson, to Shobana Jeyasingh, Will Tuckett and many more. For this TRW Gala evening, the company will present entirely new work from a range of dynamic choreographers with a mixed bill of highlights from the past decade, including the critically acclaimed Da Gamba by the Welsh-Nigerian choreographer Henri Oguike, Shift by former New York City Ballet dancer, Antonia Franceschi, and the company's first narrative ballet, Orpheus created by Will Tuckett.
3 Oct 11Theatre Royal, Winchester :: V782
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Orpheus - T366703078

Orpheus tells the story of Orpheus’ journey through the Underworld to reach his beloved wife, Eurydice, and is performed to Stravinsky’s score.
22 Jun 11Drill Hall, Lincoln :: V01422328453
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21 Jun 11Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham :: V0165922284
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5 Apr 11Brewhouse Theatre and Arts Centre, Taunton :: V918
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4 Mar 11Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds :: V76
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20 Feb 11 to 21 Feb 11Arts Theatre, Cambridge :: V19
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9 Feb 11 to 12 Feb 11Royal Opera House, West End :: V377
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Tenth Anniversary Celebration Tour: Da Gamba/Pendulum/Orpheus - T6271836

Now celebrating their tenth year, Cassa Pancho s award-winning company of black and Asian ballet dancers has gathered huge success and a cult following over recent years. Presenting a number of world premieres, the company has worked with major British choreographers - from Richard Alston, Liam Scarlett, Christopher Hampson, and Shobana Jeyasingh, to Will Tuckett. For their Tenth Anniversary Celebration the company will present a mixed bill of highlights from the past decade as well as brand new work, including a specially choreographed duet version of the critically acclaimed "Da Gamba" by the Welsh-Nigerian choreographer Henri Oguike, "Pendulum" by Martin Lawrance, "Shift, Trip... Catch" by former New York City Ballet dancer Antonia Franceschi, and the company s first narrative ballet, "Orpheus" choreographed by The Royal Ballet s Will Tuckett.
16 Jun 11 to 17 Jun 11Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Outer London :: V01396607277
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Da Gamba/Shift Trip...Catch/Orpheus - T0125376136

Choreographer Henri Oguike (Da Gamba). Choreographer Antonia Franceschi (Shift Trip...Catch). Choreographer Will Tuckett (Orpheus).
4 May 11Watford Palace Theatre, Watford :: V55
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29 Apr 11 to 30 Apr 11Northcott Theatre, Exeter :: V886
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T0185442810

A quadruple bill, including the critically acclaimed Da Gamba by Henri Oguike and Human Revolution by hip-hop choreographer, Robert Hylton. Running time: 1hr 40mins inc. interval
18 Nov 10Theatre Royal, Winchester :: V782
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18 Oct 10Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury :: V673
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9 Apr 10 to 10 Apr 10Arts Theatre, Cambridge :: V19
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New Ballet - T02115399728

Choreographer Henri Oguike. Choreographer Raymond Chai. Choreographer Christopher Hampson. Choreographer Robert Hylton.
24 Mar 10 to 27 Mar 10Royal Opera House, West End :: V377
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T957551311

Choreographer Will Tuckett. Choreographer Antonia Franceschi. Choreographer Martin Lawrance. Choreographer Hinterland. Music Allen Shawn. Performer Sarah Kundi. Performer Jade Hale-Christofi. Performer Chantelle Gotobed. Performer Cira Robinson. Performer Jazmon Voss. Performer Hugo Cortes.
2 Jul 09Hackney Empire, Outer London :: V309
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15 Mar 09Arts Theatre, Cambridge :: V19
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25 Feb 09 to 28 Feb 09Royal Opera House, West End :: V377
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Three One-Act Ballets - T1878140976

[Ballet Black] is an up-and-coming classical ballet company with seven critically acclaimed sell-out seasons to its credit. Inspirational and innovative, it honours the traditions of classical ballet while breaking new ground with cutting edge choreography. Ballet Black is now an essential part of the classical ballet landscape, the perfect showcase for dancers of black and Asian descent, and not surprisingly attracts dancers, choreographers and designers from around the world. These exciting performances at the Linbury Studio Theatre will include the premiere of a new pas de trois.Choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh. Choreographer Liam Scarlett. Choreographer Richard Alston. Lighting David Plater. Performer Nandita Shankardass. Performer Cira Robinson. Performer Jazmon Voss. Performer Darrius Gray. Performer Stephanie Williams. Performer Jaime Rodney.
9 Apr 08 to 12 Apr 08Royal Opera House, West End :: V377
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Shift, Trip...Catch/New Works - T845916383

Choreographer Antonia Franceschi (Shift Trip...). Choreographer Bawren Tavaziva. Choreographer Liam Scarlett.
31 Jan 07 to 3 Feb 07Royal Opera House, West End :: V377
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Shift Trip...Catch/Duael Fuel/Elegie - T01902399822

Shift Trip...Catch - set to a score which mixes [Vivaldi] and a live solo cello, specially composed and performed by [Zoe Martlew]. Duael Fuel - inspired by the music of Duke Ellington. Elegie - [Stephen Sheriff]'s choreographic response to [Poulenc]'s homage after the untimely death of the great horn player Dennis Brain.Choreographer Antonia Franceschi (Shift Trip...Catch). Music Zoe Martlew (Shift Trip...Catch). Performer Zoe Martlew (cello). Choreographer Irek Mukhamedov (Duael Fuel). Choreographer Stephen Sheriff (Elegie).
6 Oct 05 to 8 Oct 05Royal Opera House, West End :: V377
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T0196952093

The debut of a new classical ballet company that will showcase black, Asian and mixed-race dancers. The bill features four premieres. Ballet Black's founding director is [Cassa Pancho].
28 Oct 03 to 29 Oct 03Cochrane Theatre, Inner London :: V181
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Other listings

8 Jun 19King's Theatre, Edinburgh :: V601
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23 Apr 19 to 24 Apr 19Bristol Old Vic, Bristol :: V857
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1 Nov 18Mercury Theatre, Colchester :: V37
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19 Jun 16The Lowry, Salford :: V0655996499
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10 Nov 12Stanley and Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds :: V0157226077
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16 Nov 11Bernie Grant Arts Centre, Outer London :: V01396607277
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20 Apr 08Arts Theatre, Cambridge :: V19
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21 Feb 04 to 22 Feb 04Cochrane Theatre, Inner London :: V181
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