Ballet Black double bill review: Bold, chaotic, hypnotic and challenging
Reviewed by EMMA BYRNE
Monday 19 March 2018
Ballet Black may have been created 17 years ago to give opportunities to black and Asian dancers, but it’s the diversity of its works that has long made this company shine. With the big tutu set pieces out of bounds (BB has just seven members – dozens fewer than are needed for a Swan Lake or Nutcracker), artistic director Cassa Pancho has instead focused on commissioning works by choreographers such as Richard Alston and Javier De Frutos. The result is bold, brave programming that consistently challenges – if not always satisfies – audiences.
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