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Double Bill

Ballet Black On Film

Ballet Black: Then or Now. Photo by Bill Cooper

Thrilling and imaginative dance from the hugely popular Ballet Black. This made-for-film adaptation of their acclaimed double bill is full of lyrical contrasts and beautiful movement. 

Ballet Black Artistic Director Cassa Pancho presents two original works: The Royal Ballet’s Olivier Award-winning choreographer Will Tuckett's Then Or Now blends classical ballet, music and the poetry of Adrienne Rich to ask the question: in times like these, where do we belong? Olivier-award winning Mthuthuzeli November contemplates the purpose of life in The Waiting Game, an exciting and energetic work infused with a dynamic soundtrack featuring the company dancers' voices.

Ballet Black is transforming the dance landscape by giving a platform to artists of Black and Asian descent as well as to new and established choreographic voices whose unexpected stories and themes come from the heart to resonate with modern audiences. The Waiting Game was filmed on the Barbican Theatre stage.

Running time: 1 hour, 13 mins

Age guidance: 7+

From the moment your purchase goes through, you’ll have 48 hours to start viewing and finish your film. This rental is only available in the UK.

Access: Closed captioning is available

Presented and co-commissioned by the Barbican 


‘A spellbinding double bill‘
The Guardian on Ballet Black's Double Bill (2021)
‘Ambitious, atmospheric work‘
Guardian on Ballet Black’s Triple Bill (2019)
‘Showcases versatility and precision … gorgeous‘
List on Ballet Black’s Triple Bill (2019)


three ballet black dancers

Listen: 'Then or Now' - Adrienne Rich - a poem-score for Ballet Black

A special edition of The Poetry Exchange podcast featuring the score from Ballet Black’s new piece, Then or Now, choreographed by William Tuckett.

How to watch

This film will be available to rent between Mon 22—Sun 28 Nov
1.    Add to basket and proceed to purchase.

2.    If you already have an account, you can log in during the purchase. If not, create an account as you buy. 

3.    Once your purchase has gone through, you can click on the button to click to ‘Watch your films', or click on the link in your email, or go to your account.
4.    Start watching your video. From purchase, you have 48 hours to start and finish watching the film. Enjoy! 

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