#BBonFilm is a new and exciting way to showcase our digital work: inspirational dance films, performances, repertoire and on-demand ballet classes. Scroll below to see a few examples of our digital work for film, for dance education & enjoyment and also some inspirational films created by our former dancers and friends.

Mute

“Mute” – written and directed by Mark Donne

Segment piece from wider film installation “Listening With Frontiersman” commissioned by Estuary Festival.

Directors note: The piece looks slightly “warped” on a flat screen as it was shot anamorphically and projected in vast scale with an anamorphic projector (to the curve of the ancient Fort wall) for impact.

‘Sound On’ to listen to the ambient sounds of the estuary and Cira’s movement.

Written and Directed: Mark Donne
DOP: Mark Nutkins
Samples: Thom Yorke
Sound Recordist & Design: Jim Carey Connell/Inventive Audio
Editor: Joe Morris
Dancer: Cira Robinson

“The series was really about the nebulous idea of borders and zones, and the less than nebulous execution of the rules relating to them by those who get to apply them. Watching “Mute” again after some time, now in lockdown, I yearn, first and foremost, for the space, seascape, solitude and sheer purpose and beauty of each of Cira’s expressions and movements.
 
Secondly, what travels is the theme of peril and danger, and the total (thematic) contrast of fleeing home to save your life, with staying at home for the same purpose. Viewed like that, our current sacrifice seems reduced?
 
And thirdly, the defiance and resilience of Cira performing in silence, on a treacherous waterway, with a tide incoming, directly in front of a live missile testing range! There’s something in that resilience and defiance we might apply when facing this horrible, microscopic murdering pathogen” – Mark Donne

 

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#BBOnFIlm presents 'Like Water'

LIKE WATER acknowledges the resilience of our ancestors, passed down from generation to generation. A world unkind to our people, yet somehow we survive. A world that that has conditioned us to not see the beauty of our skin, hair, culture and our people. But like water we flow, like water we change shape. We remain resilient.

Concept, Choreography & Direction by Mthuthuzeli November
Director of Photography & Edited by Nauris Buksevics
Written by Asisipho Malunga, narration by Mthuthuzeli November
Composed & Performed by Georgina Lloyd-Owen
Company Dancers: José Alves, Isabela Coracy, Alexander Fadayiro, Marie Astrid Mence & Ebony Thomas

Read the Opening Narration

Mntana we langa (Children of the sun)

Camagu (Gratitude) awusemhle mntanedlozi. (you are beautiful)

You who walks with the ancients, the ones who walked before, before and before was a thing. Radiant, proud, magnificent adorned by the sun. Surely there has been no greater love. A love that lights you up from the inside langa.

There are those that are envious of that very light. You see it in their admonishing glooms and glares as you walk by proud, head up to the most high. The very embodiment of the kings who came before, before and before was a thing.

How dare the child of a former slave be so brave. How dare you be so black, so proud. I say how dare you not.

Camagu (Gratitude).

Read the Closing Narration

The spirits of the water have seen a great many things. They have seen a people, captured, abducted and sold over the centuries only to be bought and sold again.

She has borne witness to lifeless bodies washed up, drowned on the shore, no compass to direct them home, the only connection with home being the ocean herself. Does she grieve for the lives lost journeying between her seas? Mothers, brothers, sisters. Others separated by you…others reunited in spite of you.

So again we meet at the water’s shore. This time for healing, for cleansing, for forgiveness. In honour of those who have come before and in honour of ourselves. We too are always moving forward as a people as her people. We have learned the spirit of resilience, of carrying others more than we carry ourselves. We give birth to new heartaches at the start of each new moon. The heartbreak that colours our skin. A colourful swearword in today’s day.

Black.

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For Those Who Struggle With Life

We are proud to share this powerful and moving work by Jake Nwogu, one of the original dancers of Ballet Black when it was founded in 2001. Jake has gone on to have an incredible career in dance, television and film, and has used his considerable experience to create this short film. Thank you Jake for allowing us to share this with our audience.

“For Those Who Struggle With Life.” – A collaboration between Dancer & actor Jake Nwogu and Filmmaker & Director Dan Lowenstein, with Music by Mad EP

‘During a difficult period of my life, I had a series of panic attacks, to a point that my body shook uncontrollably. Sometimes I was so broken that I couldn’t focus my mind, and other times my mind worked but the shaking continued. I asked Film Maker Daniel Lowenstein to capture one of these episodes.

The symptoms in this film are genuine and I continued to shake between takes. However, I managed to use the shaking to inform some of the movement.

With the awful moments comes amazing life lessons.

Therefore life is always amazing, even if it doesn’t seem to be at the time.’Jake Nwogu

Directed, Shot & Cut by Dan Lowenstein – Film Director
Music by Mad EP

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Adult Ballet Class – in French

Pour nos amis francophone, voici un cours de danse classique à domicile par la danseuse française de Ballet Black, Marie-Astrid Mence!

For our French and French-speaking friends: a ballet class from French Ballet Black dancer, Marie-Astrid Mence.

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Join our Circle of Friends

Ballet Black is Britain’s most diverse and daring ballet company. Not only do we advocate for black and Asian dancers, we are also one of the most prolific commissioners of new work in the country. As part of our Circle of Friends, you will be making a valuable contribution to the sustainability of our small yet hugely significant company, and will be supporting our on-going commitment to dancers, choreographers, and aspiring students from our Junior School and Associate Programme.

Ballet Black Patron - Thandie Newton

Ballet Black is Britain’s most diverse and daring ballet company. Not only do we advocate for black and Asian dancers, we are also one of the most prolific commissioners of new work in the country. As part of our Circle of Friends, you will be making a valuable contribution to the sustainability of our small yet hugely significant company, and will be supporting our on-going commitment to dancers, choreographers, and aspiring students from our Junior School and Associate Programme. Our Friends benefit from a range of exclusive activities, including watching company class, being invited to behind-the-scenes events such as rehearsals or choreographic insights, and an invitation to the annual Company Party.

By joining our Circle of Friends you will become an integral part of Ballet Black’s incredibly exciting future!

Thandie Newton OBE
Patron, Ballet Black