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Ballet Black


Members of the Ballet Black company pose in a line, smiling. They are standing against a grey background.

Now in their 22nd year, Cassa Pancho's Ballet Black return to our stage with a double bill featuring new and innovative work.

Award-winning choreographer, Mthuthuzeli November contemplates the purpose of life in The Waiting Game, his exciting and energetic work about the meaning of life originally created in 2020, infused with a dynamic soundtrack featuring the voices of the Ballet Black artists.

Sophie Laplane, Franco-British artist and Choreographer in Residence at Scottish Ballet creates If At First, a new piece for Ballet Black after her dazzling 2019 BB ballet. Laplane's new work explores the complexity of humanity, heroism and self-acceptance in this celebratory and original piece.

Ballet Black has transformed the landscape of British ballet, creating a prominent platform for dancers and artists of Black and Asian descent, as well as establishing a new canon of ballet repertoire that resonates with audiences around the world.

Running time: 1 hour and 35 minutes, including an interval 

Age guidance: 7+

This performance contains haze and bright lighting.

Post-show talk
Fri 17 May, Theatre
Free to same-day ticket holders

Presented by the Barbican

Image credit: (L-R) Helga Paris-Morales, Acaoã de Castro, Mikayla Isaacs, Love Kotiya, Isabela Coracy, Ebony Thomas, Taraja Hudson, Bhungane Mehlomakulu and Megan Chiu. Photography by ASH.


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‘Exhilarating in effect and full of ideas, The Waiting Game feels like a hit, confirming November’s talent and this remarkable company’s strong sense of itself. ‘
The Guardian
‘Ballet Black makes a thoroughly convincing case that this is indeed the future of dance‘


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