Ballet Black is a diverse company, comprised of black and Asian dancers, that has been annually performing their charismatic brand of dance in London since 2001.
Always a treat, with only seven dancers one really feels as if they have come to know the individual personalities over the years, as they move seamlessly from the sincere to the playful in this latest double bill of story ballets.
The Suit was created especially for them by Cathy Marston. On the surface it’s an unremarkable tale of a woman who is found to be cheating on her husband, who then shames her into carrying around the lover’s symbolic suit as a reminder of her betrayal.
Designer Jane Heather’s muted colours and the mostly melancholic score makes for heavier viewing than typical Ballet Black fare, nonetheless the woeful tale is told with an earnest clarity, with the three key figures supported by a remaining chorus of four.
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