Celebrating twenty years, Ballet Black are delighted to present two new works in 2022.
Say It Loud, is choreographed and directed by Ballet Black’s Founder and Artistic Director, Cassa Pancho, and the BB Company artists that charts the struggles and inspiration behind the formation of this exciting and pioneering company, from the uncomfortable reasons behind the Company’s existence to the frenetic, creative energy that has seen them create an enviable repertoire and build a reputation as a necessary part of the British ballet industry.
The second ballet in this double bill, Black Sun by acclaimed South African choreographer Gregory Maqoma (Vuyani Dance Theatre) featuring an original score by Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante(Boy Blue) is a work that draws energy from the sun and the moon giving rise to descendants of ancestors. These forces only meet to blacken, allowing us to draw from their powers as we prepare for life after life.
Act 1: 34mins (approx)
Interval: 20 minutes
Act 2: 34mins (approx)
Age guidance: 7+
Caution: language (fleeting), themes of racism
Special effects: haze
Say It Loud (2022)
Concept & Direction| Cassa Pancho
Choreography| Cassa Pancho & The Ballet Black Company Artists
Lighting Design| David Plater
Costume Design| Jessica Cabassa Soundtrack Creation by Cassa Pancho with additional Composition by Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante
Sound Design |Jim Carey
Voiceover Artists |Jim Carey Connell, Natasha Gordon, Baker Mukasa & The Ballet Black Company
Music: Music for Pieces of Wood(1973), composed by Steve Reich. Recorded by Pierre-Laurent Aimard, taken from the album, Various Composers: African Rhythms © Warner Classics, Warner Music UK
Welcome To London (A Capella)(2019) composed & recorded by Flowdan © Full Thought Publishing & Copyright Control with additional composition by Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante
If You’re Brown (1964) composed & recorded by Lord Kitchener (1922-2000), taken from the album, Music From the Caribbean –Trinidad © 2012 Acewonder Ltd.
WHATCHUTALKINBOUT(2021)composed & recorded by Jon Batiste, taken from the album, WE ARE and What a Wonderful World(2018) composed by George David Weiss & George Douglas & recorded by Jon Batiste, taken from the album, Hollywood Africans © 2018 both Naht Jona LLC, under exclusive license to Verve Label Group, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
At Last (1960) composed by Harry Warren & Mack Gordon & recorded by Etta James (1938-2012), taken from the album, The Best Of Etta James © Spectrum Music
This Little Light of Mine / M’Lilo Vutha Mathanjeni / If You Ever Need the Lord (Live) recorded by the Soweto Gospel Choir, taken from the album, Live at the Nelson Mandela Theatre © 2008 Shanachie with additional composition by Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante
Black Sun (2022)
This ballet is aco-commission with The Barbican
Choreography & Direction| Gregory Maqoma
Lighting Design| David Plater
Costume Design| Natalie Pryce
Composer |Michael ‘Mikey J’ Asante
Music| Black Sun(2022)Additional Music: Abangoma composed and recorded by Madala Kunene taken from the album, Kon’ko Man© Melt 2000