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Classically British 2018

Posted on October 18, 2018

Leyton Williams

Classically British returns to the Tabernacle, in London’s Notting Hill on October 26, with a programme designed to promote young British talent.

The company celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, and again holds its performances during the UK’s Black History Month. This year’s theme is “past and present”, working with new and pioneering artists.

This year’s featured artists including Namron, a founding member of London Contemporary Dance Theatre. He will perform the new work Coming to England, which recognises the Windrush generation.

The performance also features Layton Williams, known for playing the title role in Billy Elliot the Musical. He went on to play Kylie in the BBC series Beautiful People, and has also appeared in the West End shows Rent and Hairspray.

Kennedy Junior Muntanga and Joey Barton are both training at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance.

The performance starts at 7.30, with doors opening at 7pm. Tickets cost £11.07 on Eventbrite or £12 on the door, cash only.

There is also a dress rehearsal at 1.30 on Friday, October 26. Students from local schools and colleges, and members of the public are invited to attend. This event will include a retrospective of black dance pioneers and an open mic Q&A session.


Picture: Leyton Williams. Photograph by Daniel Ellyot

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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