Steps Back in Time

Portrays the unravelling world of a solidly middle-class family whose aspirations are thwarted by events outside their control, leaving them with not much more than primal survival instincts.
Steps Back in Time

Image: Barbican Theatre


Genre: Dance
Venue: Barbican Theatre
Started: Wednesday 18 April 2018
Closed: Saturday 21 April 2018
Running time:1 hr 00 mins
Age suitability: 10+


In honour of the hugely influential Kenneth MacMillan, a choreographer who was way ahead of his time, the legendary ballerina Viviana Durante directs a programme from his enthralling earliest works.

As an artist whose association with MacMillan dates back to their time at The Royal Ballet, Durante has both danced and revived his creations.

To celebrate his legacy and to mark 25 years since his death, she selects three short ballets - House of Birds, Danses Concertantes and Laiderette, the latter staged in full.

Together, they highlight the boldness, complexity, wit and relevance of his choreography.

Performed by artists from Ballet Black and The Royal Ballet, including principals Lauren Cuthbertson, Francesca Hayward and Thiago Soares, each contains a passionate pas de deux, another famous MacMillan forte.


Tearing up convention and turning staid ideas on their head, MacMillan began creating his own ballets in the 1950s.

Believing that dance had the power to explore the human condition, he made pieces with a 'real world of feeling', drawing on potent storytelling and an emotional quality that invited audiences to become caught up in the fate of his characters.

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London EC2Y 8DS

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Previews from:Wednesday 18 April 2018

Closes:Saturday 21 April 2018

Performance days & times


Wednesday ‑ 7‑30pm

Thursday ‑ 7‑30pm

Friday ‑ 7‑30pm

Saturday ‑ 7‑30pm






Students are entitled to half-price tickets in advance for all Wednesday evenings. Proof of eligibility required on collection.

Under 16

Half-price tickets for under 16s. Up to four tickets per event and per booker only. Proof of age required on collection.


Thiago Soares - House of Birds and Laiderette

Lauren Cuthbertson - House of Birds

Meaghan Grace Hinkis - House of Birds

Francesca Hayward - Laiderette

Akane Takada, José Alves, Benjamin Ella - Danses Concertantes

Ballet Black with dancers from Scottish Ballet


Director: Viviana Durante
Choreography: Kenneth MacMillan
Production: Viviana Durante Company

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