Ballet Black: Triple Bill - review
The Barbican

Published: Monday, April 18, 2016 10:31 AM | Review by: Elvina Quaison | Afridiziak Star Rating:
Ballet Black      To Begin, Begin by Christopher Marney Dancers Jacob Wye and Sayaka Ichikawa Photo Bill Cooper Ballet Black To Begin, Begin by Christopher Marney Dancers Jacob Wye and Sayaka Ichikawa Photo Bill Cooper

Visually stunning, Ballet Black’s triple bill at the Barbican provided a beautiful escape of movement, music and a touch of wonder."

Visually stunning, Ballet Black’s triple bill at the Barbican provided a beautiful escape of movement, music and a touch of wonder. The three pieces were quite different. The first piece, Cristaux a male and female duet choreographed by Arthur Pita, mesmerised the eyes with the beautiful glimmer and shine of the crystals provided by Swarovski against the darkened stage was captivating.


The stature and strength of the female dancer, stunning in a silvery costume designed by Yann Seabra which was covered in crystals brought to mind a cross between a fairy and with the staccato nature of the music the little doll in a wind up musical box.


The second piece Christopher Marney’s To Begin, Begin was by far my favourite. This piece was pure romance, the dancers were fluid and like waves you could feel the audience being moved gently forward towards the stage and then with a sigh sink back into their seats before being drawn back towards the dance of love being played out before them once again. There was a clever use of a simple rich blue piece of material that brought a silken depth of connection and seduction to the piece.


Ballet Black To Begin, Begin by Christopher Marney Dancers Jacob Wye and Sayaka Ichikawa Photo Bill Cooper Ballet Black To Begin, Begin by Christopher Marney Dancers Jacob Wye and Sayaka Ichikawa Photo Bill Cooper

Choreographer Christopher Hampson’s The Story takes the audience on a journey with a young innocent girl who finds herself vulnerable and exposed in the big city of New Orleans. The dangers of the seduction of money over the salvation of a love pure and innocent are gloriously explored. This piece brought the stage alive in a flood of colour and music that were their own performance.


The one thing all the pieces had in common was the evident passion, skill and beauty of Cassa Pancho’s Ballet Black performers. This made each piece a pleasure to watch and the triple bill was a great way to introduce those new to ballet to the myriad ways the ballet can convey a story, a feeling, a moment in time and connect with the audience.


I will be keeping an eye out for future performances.



Info: The Ballet Black Triple Bill was at The Barbican from 18-19 March 2016 | More info




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