There are two of us in the Story office who would regard ourselves as ‘trained ballet dancers’. Whilst you would think that we would be the most appreciative of the dance form, we both agreed that being part of the audience can be difficult when all you can concentrate on is whether the dancer has the correct posture, are they spotting on their pirouettes or going through their feet properly when landing?
To our delight, it was only during the interval that we realised we had been so entranced by the performance of Black Black that we had simply enjoyed it rather than being over-analytical.
Cassa Pancho’s company Ballet Black, now an Associate Company of the Royal Opera House, features the talents of black and Asian dancers at the Linbury Studio Theatre. This performance was a quadruple bill featuring Christopher Marney’s ‘War Letters’ after the interval. The first half was a trio of short works that allowed each member of the company to shine. It was almost impossible to pinpoint a favorite. Dopamine. (You make my levels go silly) was a fun-time dance, The One Played Twice gives dancers juicy, weighted steps with flirty details whilst Egal, meaning equal, was a duet that demonstrated a complication and struggle of two people trying to be exactly that.
The company looked sleek and clear throughout – a treat for anyone who was able to see it and we’re excited to see what they come up with next.