An award-winning choreographer is to premiere their latest "spectacular" work.

South African choreographer Dada Masilo will stage the UK premiere of The Sacrifice at the Brighton Dome.

Her work often explores topics of black identity and feminism, retelling classic stories through movement.

The Argus: Eleven dancers form the cast of The SacrificeEleven dancers form the cast of The Sacrifice (Image: Tristram Kenton)

A spokeswoman for Brighton Dome said The Sacrifice "promises to be one of the highlights of the 2023 arts calendar."

"She fuses different dance forms to create an inimitable choreographic style."

The piece is inspired by ballet The Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky and the Botswanian tswana dance.

The tswana is often used in storytelling and healing ceremonies.

Masilo said “I wanted to explore ritual, what sacrifice meant to the Tswana people then and what it means now.

"Narrative is very important to me. I wanted to create a story that is deeper than a chosen maiden dancing herself to death.”

It is performed by an all-South African cast of eleven "spectacular dancers".

Masilo won a Critics' Circle National Dance Award for Outstanding Female Modern Performance during her last visit to the dome, which the Financial Times described as a "powerful retelling" of the traditional ballet Giselle.

The Soweto-born coreographer said: “I’m forever grateful that we can take our work to different people in different countries.

"It’s also great to talk to different audiences and find out how they feel and what they think the work is about because a lot of the time they will feel something different.

"I’m especially pleased to have the UK premiere in Brighton.

"I love it there because I can go to the ocean, I’m an ocean baby.”

The Argus: The piece intersects many different cultures and stylesThe piece intersects many different cultures and styles (Image: Tristram Kenton)

Accompanying her piece is an originally composed score, created by herself and a band of violinists, pianists, percussionists, and singers.

The musicians will play live on stage during the peformance, interacting with the dancers throughout the show.

The premiere of The Sacrifice will be performed at Brighton Dome on February 21 and 22.

The performance on Tuesday, February 21 will feature a post-show talk with the cast.

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