WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
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, 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.