The makers of “the world’s first grime ballet” want to encourage more black people into the dance discipline.Grime artist Lioness and choreographer Alexander Whitley will join forces on Thursday for a short piece entitled London Sketchbook at Boxpark Wembley.The show takes its lead from Stormzy, who invited classically-trained black dancers on stage during his Glastonbury headline appearance last summer.The new grime ballet pair tell the BBC it’s been a joy “merging two worlds together”.”I think there’s a lot of black people who are interested in ballet and do go and are participants of ballet, but it’s interesting to do it in this way,” says Lionness, who will perform fresh tracks alongside dancers from Whitley’s company.”That’s why I’m so happy to be a part of this because grime ballet sounds like an oxymoron – and anything that sounds weird, I’m here for!”Because is it actually that weird? No, because we’re in London – it’s a multicultural city, and it’s good to showcase all the different art forms and the cultures merge together as one.” Stormzy tears up the stage at Glastonbury Brown ballet shoes made for first time – BBC News Stormzy’s historic 2019 set was used as a vehicle to… Read full this story
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