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Ballet Black was back in Leeds last night with what is likely to be the last performances in the UK of Kit Holder's "To Fetch a Pail of Water?", Will Tuckett's Depouillement and Mark Bruce's "Second Coming" in the UK for some time. When we next see them again at the Barbican in March they will have a new programme of works by Christopher Hampson, Christopher Marney and Arthur Pita.


It was good to welcome back Sayaka Ichikawa after a year's absence and to meet the company's impressive young dancers Mthuthuzeli November and Joshua Harriette. Judging by their performance last night we can expect great things from both of them. 


 Even though I have now seen "Second Coming" three times and have read and re-read Yeats's poem many times I am still no nearer to understanding it than I was when I saw it for the first time at the Limbury. However it remains a gorgeous work with some exquisite dancing, particularly Damien Johnson and Cira Robinson's pas de deux to Elgar's Cello Concerto.


The company danced all three works well and I have reviewed them in my blog if anyone is interested.

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