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 1920’s 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 choreograpged a hit version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Ballet Black’s eight-strong ensemble.

"...a stylish narrative, responding with gusto to a selection of Kurt Weill numbers"
Independent (on Storyville)
"...a constrasting programme that shows off the company's considerable energy"
The Observer (on To Fetch A Pail Of Water)

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