Celebrating their eighteenth year there’s always an excitement when Ballet Black take to the stage. Their popular programme contrasts dramatic and inventive storytelling in a lively showcase of modern ballets, returning for their second year here at Derby Theatre.
Join us for, Ingoma (meaning song) a specially commissioned piece by Company dancer and choreographer Mthuthuzeli November, which imagines the struggles of black South African miners in 1946 – the same year in which 60,000 of them took courageous strike action. Through a fusion of ballet, African dance and singing, the performance by Ballet Black’s dancers portrays a milestone moment in the country’s history.
In addition, a light-hearted narrative ballet by renowned choreographer Luca Silvestrini – another original work for the mesmerising ensemble whose dancers are of black and Asian descent.
Choreography: Mthuthuzeli November and Luca Silvestrini
Lighting Design: David Plater
Designer: Yann Seabra
Composer Ingoma: Peter Johnson
Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes (including interval)
Age Guidance: 7+