Ballet Black

Tue 31 October - Thu 2 November

Ballet Black: Pioneers

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31 Oct


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01 Nov


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02 Nov


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Ballet Black: Pioneers 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 in Ballet Black: Pioneers.

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,2021

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.

Additional information

Running time:

Act 1, Then Or Now: 34mins (approx)

Interval: 20 mins

Act 2, NINA: By Whatever Means: 40mins (approx)

Age guidance: 7+

Nina: By Whatever Means contains flash photography and haze

Contains scenes of domestic violence and racism

Then Or Now (2020)

This ballet was originally a co-commission with The Barbican

Choreographer | Will Tuckett

Costume Design | Yukiko Tsukamoto

Poetry | Adrienne Rich (1929-2012)

Director of Poetry | Fiona L Bennett

Poetry Recordings | Hafsah Aneela Bashir, Natasha Gordon & Michael Shaeffer

Music | Passacaglia for solo violin (1676) Composed by Heinrich Franz von Biber (1644-1704) & Daniel Pioro. Recording by Daniel Pioro

Cast | José Alves, Isabela Coracy, Alexander Fadayiro, Taraja Hudson, Sayaka Ichikawa, Mthuthuzeli November, Helga Paris-Morales& Ebony Thomas

NINA: By Whatever Means (2023)

This ballet is a co-commission with The Barbican

Choreography & Direction | Mthuthuzeli November

Lighting Design | David Plater

Costume Design | Jessica Cabassa

Composers | Mandisi Dyantyis, Mthuthuzeli November, Nina Simone (1954-2002) Featuring the voices of the Zolani Youth Choir

Cast | José Alves, Isabela Coracy, Alexander Fadayiro, Taraja Hudson, Sayaka Ichikawa, Rosanna Lindsey,Helga Paris-Morales & Ebony Thomas