An enduring icon of the ancient world. The ultimate modern woman. Beautiful, sensual and determined; mother, lover and queen. In a world ruled by men, this courageous and compulsive woman overturned convention and changed the course of history.
Charles Perrault’s La Belle au bois dormant, one of the best-loved fairy tales, was first dramatised in England in 1806 and has been a great standby in British theatre ever since Grimaldi appeared in a pantomime version in 1822.
Cassa Pancho’s small but perfectly formed company of black and Asian dancers fits neatly onto the stage of the Linbury Studio, as the big beasts of classical ballet continue to roar above them on the main stage of the Royal Opera House.
Arthur Pita and a tutu ballet? Ballet Black may have excellent form in the commissioning of new and surprising repertory, but surely even they didn't expect tutus and pointe shoes from a choreographer who has created some of the most darkly deviant dance