Type of work
Neo-classical ballet company

Company policy
Ballet Black is an award-winning, professional neo-classical ballet company for international dancers of Black and Asian descent. Founded by Cassa Pancho in 2001, Ballet Black strives to present the broadest possible range of neo-classical repertoire, making ballet more accessible and enjoyable for audiences of all cultures. In 2011, Ballet Black became Associate Company of the Royal Opera House.

Review extracts
“Ballet Black is a small miracle of a company. With no state subsidy, Cassa Pancho’s tiny troupe thinks big.” Jenny Gilbert, Independent on Sunday, March 2012

“Jonathan Watkins’s duet Together, Alone – a feast of alien flavours brought to bear on Western classical ingredients, from cumin to lemongrass. Delicious.” Jenny Gilbert, Independent on Sunday, March 2012

“Lawrance is primarily a creator of modern dance, yet in his second commissioned work for Black Ballet, he uses classical vocabulary to create what may be his best work to date.” Judith Mackrell, The Guardian, March 2012

“Hampson tells a familiar story of corruption and decline, aided by Kurt Weill songs and a beautifully calibrated intimation, from Robinson, of a light slowly going out inside.” Clifford Bishop, Evening Standard, March 2012

“My admiration for Cassa Pancho and her company knows no bounds. Embarking on its eleventh year, Ballet Black opened its 2012 season with four premieres by “Premier League” choreographers…” Graham Watts, londondance.com, March 2012

“…Cassa Pancho is a dance person with a mission – in her case, as the founder (in 2001) of Ballet Black, to establish more role models for young black and Asian dancers in classical ballet in Britain…” David Dougill, The Sunday Times 2007

“…as the choreography flexes its emotional muscle, with a crackle of combative dance, the electricity on stage promises a brave future for this company…” Judith Mackrell, The Guardian 2007

Production highlights
Repertoire includes specially commissioned works by Henri Oguike, Liam Scarlett, Martin Lawrance, Christopher Hampson and Will Tuckett.

Ballet Black Mixed Bill at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House 27th February 2012.

Coming soon
Regional/international tour (please see BB website). Includes new works by Ludovic Ondiviela (The Royal Ballet), Robert Binet (National Ballet of Canada), Javier de Frutos (The Most Incredible Thing) and the premiere of a new narrative work created by Christopher Marney.

Ballet Black is based in Covent Garden, London and runs educational schemes that include a Junior Ballet School in Shepherd’s Bush and the Ballet Black Associate Programme for teenagers and professional dancers.

Permanent staff
Artistic Director: Cassa Pancho
Patron: Kwame Kwei Armah
Company Management: Morton Bates Arts Services
Ballet Mistress/Masters: Raymond Chai, Sarah Daultry, Adam Pudney, Ayako Yamada

International Agent: IMG Artists

Italian Agent: Just In Time Management

Current dancers
Kanika Carr, Sayaka Ichikawa, Damien Johnson, Sarah Kundi, Joseph Poulton, Cira Robinson, Jazmon Voss, Jacob Wye

Size of company
Middle scale

Ballet Black
Marylebone Dance Studio
12 Lisson Grove
London NW1 6TS
Email: balletblack@gmail.com

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