Ballet Black's latest double bill draws on Shakespeare and South African history

Ballet Black's latest double bill draws on Shakespeare and South African history

The ballet company pairs up two pieces looking at romantic relationships

Relationships in all their complexity take centre stage in Ballet Black's latest double-bill. The company, which champions dancers of black and Asian descent, has paired up two diverse pieces with couples at their heart.

In The Suit, by choreographer Cathy Marston, infidelity enters a marriage in 1950s South Africa. Watched over by a chorus of dancers, the couple is torn apart by the fallout, as the husband's revenge slowly leads to tragedy.

At the other end of the emotional scale, Arthur Pita offers some light relief with his re-working of Shakespeare, A Dream Within A Midsummer Night's Dream. Set to a soundtrack featuring Eartha Kitt, Jeff Buckley and Barbra Streisand among others, the piece takes the original play as its starting point, but adds a suitably witty, Pita-esque twist.

'It's not faithful, but it's certainly inspired by the world of Shakespeare's Dream,' he explains. 'It's an adaptation on the idea, hence the title, but as it's a dance theatre piece, it's already removed from the play. The images of the narrative are there in a way, but the journey to them is different.'

Dundee Rep, Wed 6 Jun; Tramway, Glasgow, Fri 8 Jun.

Ballet Black: The Suit / A Dream Within a Midsummer Night’s Dream

Ballet Black perform a double bill of works, featuring the first dance adaptation of Cam Themba's short story The Suit, as well as Arthur Pita's Olivier-nominated A Dream Within a Midsummer Night's Dream, which puts a spin on Shakespeare to a soundtrack of Eartha Kitt, Barbra Streisand and Yma Sumac.

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