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For this week’s #MondayMemories we remember the visit on 31 October 2017 of the incredible Cassa Pancho’s Ballet Black as part of their #BBAutumnTour for which she commissioned three pieces of characteristically bold choreography that blended the classical and contemporary, as well as narrative and abstract. 

In Captured a cast of four ebbed and flowed to the fiery emotion of Martin Lawrance’s edgy choreography, set to a Shostakovich string quartet; while French choreographer Ludovic Ondiviela presented Dopamine (you make my levels go silly), a beautiful pas de deux about love, lust and passion with an original score created by acclaimed British composer, Fabio D’Andrea. 

The piece that attracted the most attention though was by South Bank Sky Arts Award-winner Annabelle Lopez Ochoa who turned the popular fairy tale of Red Riding Hood on its head and in a surprising twist we discovered why the Wolf might have regretted messing with Red Riding Hood! 

In celebrating dancers of black and Asian descent as well as developing diverse dance audiences across the country, Ballet Black have worked to change the landscape of classical ballet through performances, their Junior School and outreach programmes.  

Read more about their goal to see a fundamental change in the number of black and culturally diverse dancers in mainstream ballet companies at https://balletblack.co.uk/  

Photo shows Sayaka Ichikawa, Cira Robinson, Marie Astrid Mence and Isabela Coracy. Photography by Bill Cooper 

Published 19 October 2020