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Black British Ballet

New dates announced for Island Movements!

We are excited to announce new dates for our Windrush themed ballet Island Movements!

This 30 minute ballet show tells the story of a Caribbean family whose parents came over on the Windrush. It explores the impact of this generation’s experiences on their families, communities and society. Beginning with a young Caribbean soldier in WW2 Britain, this moving tale follows him and his family through their life in the UK up to the current day.

Featuring original music by the groundbreaking youth music charity Kinetika Bloco, the story is driven by a pulsating mix of reggae, calypso and contemporary black British music.

The show was devised by Darren Panton, who was the first black British dancer to graduate from the Royal Ballet School and Patrick Williams, who danced at Alvin Ailey and the Paris Opera. Greta Mendez MBE will be choreographing.

Funded by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, the show is coupled with a separate workshop for young children based on our children’s book, Onisere and the Ballet Queen.

We will tour libraries in England and NI in June, launching with a show at Northern Ballet on 8 June and culminating with two performances on Windrush Day at the Birmingham Hippodrome.

Full schedule

Date Venue
Saturday 8 June, 7.30pm Northern Ballet, Leeds
Monday 10 June, 7pm Accrington Library
Tuesday 11 June, 2.30pm Lancashire Archives, Preston
Wednesday 12 June, 1pm Riverside House, Rotherham
Thursday 13 June, 6.15pm Milton Keynes Central Library
Friday 14 June, 7pm Penketh Library, Warrington
Saturday 15 June, 1pm Leeds Central Library
Monday 17 June, 4.30pm Droylsden Library, Tameside
Tuesday 18 June, 10.30am Lisburn City Library, NI
Wednesday 19 June, 7pm Rugby Library
Thursday 20 June, 1pm Shrewsbury Library
Saturday 22 June, 3pm and 7pm Birmingham Hippodrome

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