11 Oct 2016
Ballet Black bring an unforgettable night of dance to Doncaster’s flagship theatre Cast (Wed 4 November) with three sparkling ballets in one evening.
A debut collaboration between Ballet Black and Swarovski will see the dancers of Arthur Pita’s new duet Cristaux wearing costumes adorned with 1500 sparkling crystals in shades of clear crystal and moonlight. The ballerina’s tutu alone took almost 160 hours to make, including applying all the crystals by hand.
The centrepiece Storyville is the tender yet bittersweet story of a young girl’s journey from rags to riches and back again, in 1920s New Orleans. A tale of love, corruption and survival set in the nightclubs of Storyville, a salacious world where anything goes. Storyville was created for Ballet Black by Scottish National Ballet Artistic Director Christopher Hampson.
Ballet Black’s classically trained dancers of black and Asian descent will also perform a short ballet by Christopher Marney (Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures), which completes the evening’s irresistible trilogy of dance.
Cassa Pancho, Founder and Artistic Director of Ballet Black said ‘We are excited to take this program of ballets to Doncaster. We will be showcasing some of the world’s best choreographic talent and are very happy to be working again this year with some of our favourite collaborators: Arthur Pita, Christopher Marney and Christopher Hampson, and to have the opportunity to re-stage one of our best-loved ballets, Storyville for our new season.’
Cast in Doncaster is fast becoming the home of dance and ballet in South Yorkshire, hosting award-winning productions, including Gary Clarke Company’s COAL and the sold-out Northern Ballet’s Jane Eyre world premiere – both recipients of prestigious UK Theatre Awards 2016.
Tickets for Ballet Black at Cast in Doncaster are on sale and available from Box Office on 10302 303 959 or online here.
About Ballet Black
Founded in 2001, Cassa Pancho's Ballet Black is an award-winning, neo-classical ballet company, dedicated to diversifying classical ballet. The company is made up of eight international dancers of black and Asian descent. The entirely original repertoire covers a broad spectrum of ballet, from classical work to highly contemporary pieces. Since 2001, they have built a varied repertoire from the best emerging and established choreographers, including Liam Scarlett, Shobana Jeyasingh, Martin Lawrance, Richard Alston, Christopher Hampson, Christopher Marney and Javier De Frutos.
Ballet Black has achieved great success and garnered numerous awards, including the 2012 Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for Best Independent Company, and a further nomination for 2014.
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