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Kenneth MacMillan: Steps Back in Time

Viviana Durante Company

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In honour of the hugely influential Kenneth MacMillan, a choreographer who was way ahead of his time, the legendary ballerina Viviana Durante directs a programme from his enthralling earliest works.

MacMillan began creating his own ballets in the 1950s. Believing that dance had the power to explore the human condition, he made pieces with a ‘real world of feeling’, drawing on potent storytelling and an emotional quality that invited audiences to become caught up in the fate of his characters.

As an artist whose association with MacMillan dates back to their time at The Royal Ballet, Durante has both danced and revived his creations. To celebrate his legacy and to mark 25 years since his death, she selects three short ballets – House of Birds, Danses Concertantes and Laiderette, the latter staged in full. Performed by artists from Ballet Black and The Royal Ballet, including principals Lauren Cuthbertson, Francesca Hayward and Thiago Soares, each contains a passionate pas de deux, another famous MacMillan forte. 

Tagged with: Theatre & dance Dance

1 hour/no interval

Includes post-show talk after each performance

Age guidance 10+


Presented by the Barbican


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Live stream: Kenneth Macmillan - Steps Back in Time

Watch Viviana Durante Company's performance of Kenneth Macmillan's Steps Back in Time, live streamed from our Theatre. Starts at 7.45pm (GMT+1)

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