Ballet Black, Barbican, London — lithe and expressive
The compact company of black and Asian dancers displayed its ample talents with this double bill
Louise Levene March 19, 2018
You could fit the entire company in a London taxi (props and costumes included), but Ballet Black is much bigger than it seems.
The major UK ballet squads are all considerably more diverse than they were when Cassa Pancho founded her troupe 17 years ago and the pointe shoe manufacturers have re-thought their idea of “flesh-coloured”, but Ballet Black still has a key role to play: attracting new, atypical audiences and commissioning clever small-scale works (40 so far).
The latest double bill opens with The Suit by Cathy Marston based on Can Themba’s 1963 short story about a wronged husband who torments his wife with the single-breasted souvenir that her lover has left behind…
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