Ballet Black: Pioneers

£17.00 - 32.00

Evenings 7.30pm
Running time:
 1 hour 34 minutes (includes one interval)
Age: 7+
Please note: This production contains flash photography and haze (Full content warning below)
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Ballet Black: Pioneers

Now in their 21st year, Cassa Pancho’s Ballet Black is excited to present award-winning choreographers, Will Tuckett and Mthuthuzeli November in a double bill of new and original work in Ballet Black: Pioneers.

Will Tuckett's Then Or Noworiginally created in 2020, blends classical ballet, music and the poetry of Adrienne Rich to ask the question: in times like these, where do we each belong? 

“…the piece feels above all like a call for respect across any and all divides.” The Telegraph, 2021

The second piece on the bill is devised by award-winning choreographer, Mthuthuzeli November. Nina: By Whatever Means, is inspired by the artistry and activism of Nina Simone. November weaves a skilful picture of Simone’s turbulent and influential life to take us on an emotional and empowering journey.

Content warning

Please note, Nina: By Whatever Means contains flash photography and haze, this production also contains scenes of domestic violence and racism.

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Groups (8+): £4 off Stalls and Dress.
Please note groups cannot be booked online. If you wish to book a Group, please contact our dedicated Groups email,, or phone on 0131 529 6005.

Concessions £3 off. (excl. Fri/Sat)
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School Groups (10+): £6 (excl. Fri/Sat).
Includes 1 free teacher ticket with every 10 students.
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Student Standby: £10
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Creative Team

Artistic Director: Cassa Pancho

Then Or Now (2020)

This ballet was originally a co-commission with The Barbican

Choreographer | Will Tuckett
Costume Design | Yukiko Tsukamoto
Poetry | Adrienne Rich (1929-2012)
Director of Poetry | Fiona L Bennett
Poetry Recordings | Hafsah Aneela Bashir, Natasha Gordon & Michael Shaeffer
Music |Passacaglia for solo violin (1676) Composed by Heinrich Franz von Biber (1644-1704) & Daniel Pioro. Recording by Daniel Pioro

NINA: By Whatever Means (2023)

This ballet is a co-commission with The Barbican

Choreography & Direction | Mthuthuzeli November
Lighting Design | David Plater
Costume Design | Jessica Cabassa
Composers | Mandisi Dyantyis, Mthuthuzeli November, Nina Simone (1954-2002) | Featuring the voices of the Zolani Youth Choir

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