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Ballet Black: Then Or Now


Celebrate the end of the 2023 Ballet Black: Pioneers season with a ‘made for film’ screening of their latest film Then Or Now.

Then or Now is a powerful classical ballet set against the backdrop of Adrienne Rich’s poetry and accompanied by violin. William Tuckett’s ‘spellbinding’ ★★★★ (The Guardian) choreography explores the joys of submitting to the freedom of guilt through a series of movements.

The film screening will feature a post-show discussion with with members of the Artistic Team and Ballet Black.


Choreography & Direction
William Tuckett

Directed for Film
Roswitha Chester & William Tuckett

Daniel Pioro

Lighting Design
David Plater

Costume Design
Yukiko Tsukamoto

Adrienne Rich (1929 – 2012)

Director of Poetry
Fiona L Bennett

Poetry Recordings
Hafsah Bashir, Natasha Gordon & Michael Shaeffer

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Selected poems from Dark Fields of the Republic 1991 – 1995 by Adrienne Rich and used by permission of The Frances Goldin Literary Agency.