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New season at the Barbican

Posted on June 20, 2019


The Barbican has announced its full September to December 2019 theatre and dance programme. The first production in the Barbican Theatre this season comes from London-based Boy Blue, who unveil the world premiere of their new dance theatre production REDD – a Barbican commission about life’s irreversible moments and the different ways they can affect people.

As part of this year’s Dance Umbrella, South African dancer and choreographer Gregory Maqoma returns to the Barbican Theatre with the UK premiere of Cion: Requiem of Ravel’s Bolero. Inspired by South African author Zakes Mda’s stories about a professional mourner, this rousing dance theatre work will be performed by Maqoma’s Vuyani Dance Theatre and four traditional vocalists.

To coincide with Into the Night: Cabarets and Clubs in Modern Art from October 4, 2019 – January 19, 2020, Barbican Art Gallery presents Heavy handed, we crush the moment in The Pit, a new commission by Last Yearz Interesting Negro, the performance project of London-based, UK artist and dancer Jamila Johnson-Small. This immersive experience promises to be “somewhere between a dreamscape, a meditation, a nightmare and a nightclub” and sees Last Yearz Interesting Negro and collaborators create a charged atmosphere through sound, light, set and live performance. For further details and to book, click here.

Image: Kelsey “Hydro” Miller in Boy Blue’s REDD. Photograph by Benji Reid

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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