Ballet Black Double Bill – York Theatre Royal

The Suit & A Dream Within A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Ballet Black Double Bill
York Theatre Royal, Tues 27 November, 7.30pm
Led by Artistic Director Cassa Pancho, Ballet Black celebrates dancers of Black and Asian descent, showcasing technique, precision and grace in specially commissioned pieces.

The Suit
Based on The Suit by Can Themba
Choreography: Cathy Marston
Lighting Design: David Plater
Dramaturg: Edward Kemp
Designs: Jane Heather
In collaboration with composer Philip Feeney

Cathy Marston’s 2018 narrative ballet for Ballet Black is based on the novel The Suit by South African writer Cam Themba.

First published in 1963 in the inaugural issue of The Classic, a South African literary journel founded by Nat Nakasa and Nadine Gordimer. On publication, the story was banned by the apartheid regime. The short story has been adapted into a short film The Suit (2016), written and directed by Jarryd Coetsee.

A Dream Within A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Director/choreographer: Arthur Pita
Design: Jean-Marc Puissant
Lighting: David Plater

Award-winning dance maker Arthur Pita (Showboat, The Metamorphosis) creates Ballet Black’s narrative ballet A Dream Within A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Induced by Puck’s many charming vices and led into the seductive and mind-altering forest, Oberon, Titania and the lovers are enticed into unexpected frolics and enchantments. Even further, they drift into a phantasmagorical dream within a dream where passionate intuition and perhaps true love flourish.

This will be held at York Theatre Royal on November 27th.