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The critically acclaimed Ballet Black strive to honour the traditions of classical ballet while breaking new ground with cutting-edge choreography. Now an essential part of the classical ballet landscape, the company is the perfect showcase for dancers of black and Asian descent, providing them with a platform on which to perform and practise their craft. Unsurprisingly, Ballet Black attracts dancers, choreographers and designers from around the world.
Ballet Black, now celebrating its 16th year, has been delighting a new generation of dance fans with its "dash, daring and joie de vivre" (Guardian). In this triple bill, Artistic Director Cassa Pancho has once again commissioned bold choreography, blending the classical and contemporary, narrative and abstract, for her ballet company comprising British and international dancers of black and Asian descent. A four-hander characterised by intricate detail and propulsive energy, Captured ebbs and flows to the fiery emotion of Martin Lawrance's edgy choreography, set to a Shostakovich string quartet. First premiered in 2012, Captured was an instant audience and critical success, "...a highly dynamic work, set to the dense and threatening strings of Stostakovich." (Telegraph) Celebrated British choreographer Michael Corder, whose glittering versions of Cinderella and The Snow Queen have been seen across Europe, creates the evening's second abstract piece for four dancers to the beautiful music of Debussy with designs from long-time Ballet Black collaborator, Yukiko Tsukamoto. South Bank Sky Arts Award-winner Annabelle Lopez Ochoa turns a popular fairy tale on its head, as she gives her story ballet a surprising twist: this time, the wolf will truly regret ever meeting Red Riding Hood.
After their week of intensive training and rehearsals, students on the Lunas Dance Project Contemporary Summer Intensive will be performing what they have learned.
Three dancers, one voice, one guitar and one percussion box: No Frills is flamenco stripped down to its bare essence. Through an exploration of a number of its traditional styles in their most evocative form, this show is a celebration of the raw and nuanced energy that flamenco awakens, not only in the dancer but in the spectator too. Three young artists, Noemi Luz, Magdalena Mannion and Yinka Esi Graves, seamlessly interweave their individual styles creating a shared flamenco language. No Frills asks the spectator to put aside pre-conceptions of what flamenco is, instead giving a unique insight into its rhythms, melodies, energy and power.
This enchanting story tells the tale of how Clara is given a wooden nutcracker as a Christmas present by Dr Drosselmeyer. During the Christmas party Clara and her brother Fritz fight over the nutcracker doll. Later that night Clara wakes and looks for the Nutcracker doll. When the clock strikes twelve, giant mice appear and fight with the toy soldiers. The nutcracker doll comes to life and joins in the battle. Clara finally kills the King Mouse with her shoe and The Nutcracker Doll is transformed into a handsome prince who takes Clara through the land of snow to the Kingdom of Sweet and the Palace of the Sugar Plum Fairy.
The Snow Princess wishes to leave her winter forest to live with humans. However, she is unable to feel any emotions. The temptation to know what love is becomes too strong and she asks her mother (Spring) to grant her wish. As she finally experiences the passion she melts under the sun's fatal rays.
Tango is the rhythm of the city, the heat of the streets and the pulse of life. Tango Moderno is the irresistible hot new stage spectacular from Vincent and Flavia: dance partners for over two decades, world champions, Strictly favourites and acclaimed West End stage stars, whose previous productions Midnight Tango, Dance Til Dawn and The Last Tango have all been acclaimed, sell-out hits. The new production fuses together Ballroom, Latin, and Argentine tango to give you a performance that smoulders with desire. With classic steps, they create a Tango for today.
Tap Factory is a tremendously visual, highly exciting show featuring renowned dancers and musicians from all over the world. Bringing the very best performers to the stage as they blend their art of percussion with dance and acrobatics, this fully produced show is an eclectic mix of performance uniting to form a powerful identity.