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Ballet Black, Rose Theatre, Kingston (30 Oct) Ballet Black, Rose Theatre, Kingston (30 Oct)
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If you’re a lover of ballet then you wont want to miss Ballet Black’s latest double bill of bold, inventive and magical choreography at the magnificent Rose Theatre.


The evening begins with a piece inspired by Can Themba’s apartheid regime banned South African play The Suit. This is the first UK dance adaptation of this affecting short story. This piece is co-commissioned by the Barbican.


The second part sees a re-staging of Arthur Pita’s A Dream Within a Midsummer Night’s Dream, a heady piece of dance-theatre for which Portuguese choreographer Cassa Pancho earned an Olivier, South Bank and Critics’ Circle National Dance Award nomination following its premiere in 2014.


Cassa Pancho, founder and artistic director, said: “I am really excited to try something new this year by presenting our first ever double-bill of narrative ballets. Our friends and followers have been asking to see Arthur Pita’s fabulous Dream again, ever since we first danced it in 2014, so we jumped at the opportunity to bring it to the stage in 2018.”


She continues “The production mixes the classical and contemporary to distil the essence of Shakespeare’s comedy, unfolding to an eclectic soundtrack that includes Eartha Kitt, Barbra Streisand and Yma Sumac.”


Formed to great accolade in 2001, Ballet Black has achieved great success and garnered numerous awards and nominations, including the 2012 Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for Best Independent Company.


The company is made up international dancers of black and Asian descent. The entirely original repertoire covers a broad spectrum of ballet, from classical work to highly contemporary pieces.
Watch them in the magnificent splendour of the largest producing theatre in South West London that was modelled on the original Elizabethan Rose Theatre on London’.


With rave reviews from national and stage press alike this is night of black dance few will want to miss.


Ballet Black, 30 October, Rose Theatre Kingston, 7:30pm, £25-£15 Tel: 020 8174 0090 For details visit: www.rosetheatrekingston.org


Photo Credit: Ballet Black Company. Photography by ASH

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