**A Visual Treat** BALLET BLACK: A DOUBLE BILL – By Linnea Frank

15th – 17th March @The Barbican Centre, Silk Street
London EC2Y 8DS – FREE TO ATTEND

Audiences just can’t resist the ‘joyously unpredictable’ (Guardian) programmes danced by Ballet Black, back for their third consecutive year here following two sell-out seasons

Led by Artistic Director Cassa Pancho, this company celebrates dancers of black and Asian descent, showcasing technique, precision and grace in specially commissioned pieces.

As part of the Barbican’s latest bill, Cathy Marston, renowned for her expressive and beautifully crafted work, choreographs a new narrative ballet for all of Ballet Black’s artists, based on Can Themba’s South African fable The Suit.

Completing the evening is Arthur Pita’s A Dream Within a Midsummer Night’s Dream, a heady piece of dance-theatre for which the Portuguese choreographer earned an Olivier nomination following its premiere. Described as a ‘sexy, cheeky frolic’ by London Dance, the production mixes the classical and contemporary to distil the essence of Shakespeare’s comedy, unfolding to an eclectic soundtrack that includes Eartha Kitt, Barbra Streisand and Yma Sumac. Performing it, ‘the company have never looked better’ (Independent).

Meet at 1:45pm outside the Barbican Theatre.