Ballet Black's The Waiting Game on BBC4

Published: 24 May 2020
Reporter: Vera Liber

Ingoma Credit: Bill Cooper

On Wednesday 27 May at 7:30pm BBC4 will broadcast Ballet Black: The Waiting Game featuring interviews with the company’s artistic director Cassa Pancho and following South African dancer and choreographer Mthuthuzeli November as he creates a new ballet, The Waiting Game. After the broadcast, the programme will be available on BBC iPlayer for one month.

The Waiting Game was originally co-commissioned by the Barbican and scheduled to receive its world première in the Theatre in March 2020 as part of a double bill with William Tuckett’s newest work, Then Or Now. A podcast featuring the score for Then Or Now with poems by Adrienne Rich, voices including Natasha Gordon and violin played by Daniel Pioro was released last week by The Poetry Exchange.

The Barbican is working on plans to reschedule the double bill in the future. November’s first full-length choreographic debut for Ballet Black, Ingoma (2019), was co-commissioned by and premièred at the Barbican, receiving an Olivier Award nomination this year for Best New Dance.