REVIEW: Ballet Black evokes emotions at The Rep

Now in its 22nd year, Cassa Pancho‘s Ballet Black has finally made its long anticipated return to The Rep theatre on Westside.

I attended the opening performance last night of Ballet Black: HEROES, which included a performance of If At First by the talented choreographer Sophie Laplane, inspired by the themes of humanity, heroism and self-acceptance.

The ballet took the audience on a fascinating journey as the show unpicked the concept of life and the various emotions it evokes.

The dancers were incredible, and I couldn’t take my eyes off how their bodies created shapes and movements with the goose-pimpling soundtrack and audio effects.

Isabela Coracy, in particular, caught my eye because she captivated the audience with her beautiful performance from the moment she graced the stage.

Ballet Black, Heroes Dress Rehearsal, Hackney Empire

To see young black and Asian dancers take over the stage was a pivotal moment in transforming the landscape of British ballet.

I always love attending shows at the REP theatre because the staff are wonderful and go above and beyond for guests.

Ballet Black: HEROES is on at The Rep tonight, Friday 14 June. Tickets are on sale for £16.50. Book here:


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