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Ballet Black: Pioneers

Ballet Black: Pioneers

Cassa Pancho's award-winning, neo-classical ballet company, dedicated to diversifying the ballet industry, present a double bill of new work.

Now in their 21st year, Cassa Pancho’s Ballet Black is excited to present award-winning choreographers, Will Tuckett and Mthuthuzeli November, in a double bill of new and original work.

Winners of Best Mid-Scale Company for 2021 at The National Dance Awards, the company is made up of international dancers of African, Caribbean and Asian descent and their entirely original repertoire covers a broad spectrum of ballet, from classical work to highly contemporary pieces.

Will Tuckett’s Then Or Now, originally created in 2020, blends classical ballet, music and the poetry of Adrienne Rich to ask the question: in times like these, where do we each belong?

“…the piece feels above all like a call for respect across any and all divides.” (The Telegraph)

The second piece on the bill is devised by award-winning choreographer, Mthuthuzeli November. Nina: By Whatever Means, is inspired by the artistry and activism of Nina Simone. November weaves a skilful picture of Simone’s turbulent and influential life to take us on an emotional and empowering journey.

Dance at The Marlowe is sponsored by

McCarthy Stone

Ballet Black: Pioneers