Category: Ballet

News: Olivier Awards 2017 Round-Up

News: Olivier Awards 2017 Round-Up

Last night, on 9 April, the Royal Albert Hall played host to the biggest awards ceremony in the theatre calendar, the 41st Olivier Awards.

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News: Matthew Bourne’s 30th Year-Long Anniversary Celebration

News: Matthew Bourne’s 30th Year-Long Anniversary Celebration

Matthew Bourne, New Adventures and Re:Bourne celebrate their 30th company anniversary with a year-long celebration of their work.

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AYT Review: Quint-Essential

AYT Review: Quint-Essential

Originally published on A Younger Theatre


Despite its title, Quint-Essential is not a traditional set of ballet performances – the New English Ballet Theatre seeks to bring upcoming dancers and choreographers together and explore the unconventional. They pay homage to the classical foundations of the dance but similarly look forward into the future. After all, these individuals are the next generation of the discipline; it is their performances and their creativity that may someday be remembered in the same vain as Carlos Acosta, Margot Fonteyn or even Rudolf Nureyev.
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AYT Review: Ballet Black

AYT Review: Ballet Black

Originally published on A Younger Theatre


A black curtain provides the barrier between stage and audience for three works from Ballet Black, a professional company for dancers of black and Asian descent. Two works are newly commissioned for the evening: the pas de deux ‘Cristaux’ by Arthur Pita and ‘To Begin, Begin’ by Christopher Marney introduce the group of eight dancers in the first half, before the award-winning ‘Storyville’ by Christopher Hampson completes the evening. Looking around the audience, there is a mix of staunch Barbican regulars sitting next to amateur enthusiasts, young families and older couples alike. It appears that the fans of Ballet Black are from a variety of backgrounds, an inspiring way for the company to bring ballet to a new generation of followers. One hopes that founder and artistic director Cassa Pancho is pleased with the breadth of people that her modern and bold company is reaching in today’s society.
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