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Founded in 2011 and co-directed by Roseanna Anderson and Joshua Ben-Tovim, the Bristol-based company Impermanence create critically acclaimed work for stage and film that defy and challenge contemporary theatre norms. Impermanence have been supported by Arts Council England, British Council, The Linbury Trust and have presented work at Bristol Old Vic, Arnolfini, The Place, Royal Vauxhall Tavern and Glastonbury Festival amongst others.

25 March 2019
Review status
Not Peer Reviewed
Cite as
Impermanence, "The Ballet of the Nations", British Art Studies, Issue 11,
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The Ballet of the Nations
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Impermanence, The Ballet of the Nations, 2018, 50 minutes.


This project was initiated by Dr Grace Brockington (University of Bristol) whose continued involvement has been instrumental. It has also benefited from partnerships with the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, the University of Bristol, and the Unity Theatre Trust.


Based on the book The Ballet of the Nations by Vernon Lee

Directed by: Roseanna Anderson and Joshua Ben-Tovim

Director of Photography: Jack Offord

Production Design: Pam Tait

Composer: Robert Bentall

Producer: Gwenfair Hawkins, Kim Heron, Joshua Ben-Tovim, Roseanna Anderson

Executive Producer: Jack Tarling and Grace Brockington

Editor: Duncan Wood

Cast: Billy Zane (Narrator), Sonya Cullingford (Satan), Peter Clements (Ballet Master Death); Featured Dancers: Harry Alexander, Alessandro Marzotto Levy, Tilly Webber, Lennie, Roseanna Anderson, Joshua Ben-Tovim

Major Sponsor: Arts Council England

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