Jan McNulty

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  1. I thought so Quintus. Interesting in view of the BBC Watchdog investigation into Coffee Shops!
  2. Very sad news indeed. Condolences to his family and friends at this sad time. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/jun/28/paddington-bear-author-michael-bond-dies-aged-91
  3. I really wouldn't know how to answer that except to say everywhere!!
  4. Mariinsky - I remember being utterly thrilled by it!
  5. The only thing about the trip to Leeds is that I think that there is a "dark day" in between the final Jane Eyre and the Macmillan programme. I prefer the Alhambra in Bradford but Leeds as a city to visit. There may be something on at WYP to fill the "dark day". (Of course, if you have any spare time Saltaire is just down the road from Bradford - very easily reached by bus or train from the interchange.)
  6. I'd love to go to this but I have issues kennelling Chip during the school summer holidays. I would love to hear reports if anyone is able to go.
  7. I'm thrilled to see that Jane Eyre is going on main scale tour next year. I can't wait to see it again! As it was designed for a smaller group of dancers going to smaller theatres, I wonder if it will be tweaked?
  8. Northern Ballet announces spring 2018 season Jane Eyre – Leeds, Belfast, Sheffield, Cardiff, London & Salford A Celebration of Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Master Choreographer – Leeds The Little Mermaid – Edinburgh, Milton Keynes & Leicester Northern Ballet’s critically acclaimed Jane Eyre will return for a new UK tour in spring 2018. The Company announced details of its plans for the first half of 2018 which also includes further performances of A Celebration of Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Master Choreographer and the final performances in the world première tour of David Nixon OBE’s The Little Mermaid. Northern Ballet will open its spring 2018 season with Cathy Marston’s Jane Eyre at Leeds Grand Theatre in March. The first revival since its 2016 world première, Jane Eyre is the ultimate dramatic tale of romance and one woman’s indomitable spirit. This ballet is based on the famous novel by Charlotte Brontë and has been nominated for a South Bank Sky Arts Award this year. Jane Eyre will also tour to Belfast, Sheffield, Cardiff, London and Salford between April and June 2018. Also at Leeds Grand Theatre, Northern Ballet will perform A Celebration of Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Master Choreographer for three performances only from 16 – 17 March 2018. Featuring three works by the esteemed Kenneth MacMillan; Concerto, Las Hermanas and Gloria, this a rare opportunity for northern audiences to see these heritage works. With performances in Edinburgh, Milton Keynes and Leicester between March and May 2018, Northern Ballet will conclude the first national tour of its newest full-length ballet The Little Mermaid. Set in an ethereal underwater world of a young mermaid, the ballet is based on the original fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen and features an original score by Sally Beamish. The Little Mermaid is due to première later in 2017. For more information, on sale dates and booking details for performances until June 2018, see northernballet.com/whatson. -ENDS- Notes to Editors Spring 2018 Tour Dates Jane Eyre Leeds Grand Theatre 7 – 14 March 2018 Box Office 0844 848 2700* leedsgrandtheatre.com On general sale 12 July 2017 Belfast Grand Opera House 4 – 7 April 2018 Box Office 028 9024 1919 goh.co.uk On general sale September 2017 Sheffield Lyceum Theatre 10 – 14 April 2018 Box Office 0114 249 6000 sheffieldtheatres.co.uk On general sale September 2017 Cardiff New Theatre 24 – 28 April 2018 Box Office 029 2087 8889 newtheatrecardiff.co.uk On general sale September 2017 London Sadler’s Wells 15 – 19 May 2018 Box Office 020 7863 8000 sadlerswells.com On general sale 3 November 2017 Salford The Lowry 6 – 9 June 2018 Box Office 0843 208 6000 thelowry.com On general sale 7 July 2017 A Celebration of Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Master Choreographer Leeds Grand Theatre 16 – 17 March 2018 Box Office 0844 848 2700* leedsgrandtheatre.com On general sale 12 July 2017 The Little Mermaid Edinburgh Festival Theatre 22 – 24 March 2018 Box Office 0131 529 6000 edtheatres.com On general sale 5 July 2017 Milton Keynes Theatre 17 – 21 April 2018 Box Office 0844 871 7652* atgtickets.com/MiltonKeynes On general sale 12 July 2017 Leicester Curve 1 – 5 May 2018 Box Office 0116 242 3595 curveonline.co.uk On sale soon *Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge. Northern Ballet Artistic Director – David Nixon OBE Northern Ballet is one of the UK’s leading ballet companies and the widest touring ballet company in the UK. Bold and innovative in its approach, Northern Ballet is prolific at creating new full-length work with a unique blend of strong classical technique and world-class storytelling. Northern Ballet’s repertoire embraces popular culture and takes inspiration from literature, legend, opera and the classics, pushing the boundaries of what stories can be told through dance. A champion for the cultural exports of the North, Leeds-based Northern Ballet is dedicated to bringing world-class story ballets to as many people and places as possible, under the leadership of Artistic Director David Nixon OBE. Northern Ballet’s Company of 47 dancers performs a combination of its full-length ballets and specially created ballets for children at almost 50 venues annually. Northern Ballet have been nominated in the Dance category at this year’s South Bank Sky Arts Awards for Jane Eyre. The Company were the winners of this category in 2016 for their ground-breaking adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984. For more details of Northern Ballet's tour, on sale dates and booking information, please visit northernballet.com/whatson National Tour Sponsor Main image: Javier Torres as Mr Rochester and Victoria Sibson as Bertha in Jane Eyre. Photo Emma Kauldhar. Other images: The Little Mermaid, photo Guy Farrow. A Celebration of Sir Kenneth MacMillan, photo Guy Farrow.
  9. I've received an email from Ballet Black: Dear Janet I am thrilled to be able to tell you that it was announced yesterday that Ballet Black will be a new recipient of Arts Council NPO funding! To cut through a lot of funding jargon, this means that we will have regular funding for the next four years. We will still have to work really hard to raise all the money we need to achieve our goals each year, but this funding will allow us to plan ahead and most importantly, is recognition from the Arts Council of our 16 years of hard work in creating more diversity in ballet. Thank you very much for all your support of Ballet Black this season, and look out for a new email about next season soon! With best regards, Cassa & all at Ballet Black
  10. Well that is the biggest laugh of the century. Friends of Northern Ballet were given standard friends booking priority when the company appeared at the Linbury. I wrote to NB and asked if we would get similar booking privilege for this and the answer came back as a resounding NO but that public booking opens on 26th July. Unless the upper echelons of BRB have been offered any form of priority then who are the tickets being held back for?
  11. Oh I agree about the opening tableau from Serenade and the final one of Symphony in Three Movements. Also the appearance of King Rat in BRB's Nutcracker - sends shivers down my spine no matter how many times I have seen it ... I would add a scene from Christopher Gable/Michael Pink's Dracula where Dracula comes down from the top of the scenery hanging like a bat. I would also add, not a busy scene, but the scene where Butterfly is waiting fruitlessly for Pinkerton to appear in David Nixon's Madame Butterfly. It is a masterful use of stillness with Butterfly waiting in her wedding kimono at the bottom of the bridge. It is heart-rending. The opening of the ballroom scene in Act 3 of Onegin. The spookiness of the Ghost dancers in the final scene of Christopher Bruce's Ghost Dances. The final tableau of Sir Peter Wright's Sleeping Beauty - all gold grandeur and gold confetti coming down.
  12. The Red Shoes arrived in Liverpool tonight and I was there with my niece. Cordelia Braithwaite was Vicky Page and Dominic North danced Craster. My niece has never seen the film but was able to follow the story and thoroughly enjoyed the performance. I enjoyed it greatly too. I do admire Matthew Bourne's ability to produce a striking, entertaining production and I think he has been faithful to the essence of the film too. I'm not quite sure how many years ago I realised that Dominic North walked on stage, breathed and was wonderful! Tonight he was, of course, wonderful and I enjoyed Cordelia Braithwaite's interpretation of Vicky. It looked like a nearly unanimous standing ovation in the packed stalls and when Cordelia came on at the curtain calls there were cheers akin to vintage films I have seen of the Beatles!
  13. It's funny how we all see things differently isn't it. I've not seen Gloria before. I found myself moved by the photographs.
  14. DANCEEAST’S INTERNATIONAL AUTUMN SEASON ON SALE; RUNNING 15 SEPTEMBER TO 17 DECEMBER, INCLUDING A WORLD PREMIERE FROM JOSS ARNOTT DANCE DanceEast’s Autumn 2017 season is now on sale, with national and international dance continuing to grow dance audiences in Ipswich. A thrilling Autumn programme reinforces DanceEast as an ever-developing organisation, programming and supporting artists at every stage of their careers. There is a fantastic line-up for audiences of all ages at the Jerwood DanceHouse. Internationally recognised dance companies, family friendly shows and new commissions make up a highly anticipated season; Ipswich has recently enjoyed much high-profile dance, and Autumn 2017 maintains this. National Dance Company Wales and Scottish Dance Theatre will present work in Ipswich for the very first time, with two-night performances apiece. Choreographer Joseph Toonga launches the Autumn season with a new DanceEast collaboration with the Roman River Music Festival. To Be Felt will be staged at St Martin’s Church, Colchester, originally commissioned for last year’s Britten Dances programme. As a contemporary and hip hop fusion, this will be accompanied by cellist Matthew Sharp playing works by Bach and Britten. Toonga was the first recipient of DanceEast’s Choreographic Development Award in 2015. National Dance Company Wales presents a new triple bill, performed by its technically brilliant dancers. Works include Folk by Artistic Director Caroline Finn, which explores themes of social relationships in a surreal and enchanting landscape, and Lee Johnston’s They Seek to Find the Happiness They Seem, a deep exploration of disconnection within a relationship. These three contemporary works are full of character, and aim to inspire audiences with quirky and engaging choreography. There is also the opportunity to watch company class live on stage. Scottish Dance Theatre will bring a double bill to Ipswich, again fusing dance styles. Blurring the boundaries between ballet, contemporary and hip hop, Botis Seva’s TuTuMucky is set to a score of original music by beat producer Torben Lars Sylvest. At the opposite end of the musical spectrum, Belgian-based choreographer Anton Lachky’s Dreamers is a highly physical work set to Bach, Haydn and Chopin, observing the close relationship between reality and surrealism. Joss Arnott Dance, another two-night run and a world premiere, enhances DanceEast’s work in developing and championing young talent. DanceEast’s Centre for Advanced Training students will perform a commissioned work choreographed by Arnott, followed by a triple bill of athletic and adrenaline-fuelled new work. A Movement in 3 and RUSH sit alongside the internationally award-winning solo V, with another first for the company: live music. Former DanceEast Associate Artist Alexander Whitley’s 8 Minutes takes on the immensity and large scale of space. Through collaborating with STFC RAL Space scientists at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, 8 Minutes draws inspiration from solar science research, using movement, film and a specially-created score by electroacoustic innovator Daniel Wohl. 8 Minutes premieres at Sadler’s Wells this summer, so the Jerwood DanceHouse will provide an intimate setting for this main stage production. The Farm – Joshua Thomson and Gavin Webber – will be journeying from Australia’s Gold Coast to perform in Ipswich for the first time, thanks to Dance Touring Partnership. Cockfight is described as a cross between The Office and an Australian style cage-fight, a dark but surprisingly tender piece of dance theatre full of slow motion fight sequences and physical risk-taking. Avant Garde Dance’s Fagin’s Twist, which premiered at the Jerwood DanceHouse in 2016, will return with the final performance of its UK tour. Fagin’s Twist is the untold story of Dickens’ notorious and complex villain, portrayed through Tony Adigun’s unmatched contemporary hip hop style. The Buildy-uppy Dance Show from Anatomical presents something magical for children, the sequel to Tom Roden and Anna Williams’ The Doodle Dance Show. This commission is an interactive theatrical adventure and the perfect family treat alongside this year’s Christmas show. Jane Hackett Productions’ The Borrowers will preview at the Jerwood DanceHouse as another DanceEast commission before touring in 2018, based on Mary Norton’s much-loved book. More contemporary dance, physical theatre and animation will bring this story about tiny people to life for this year’s festive period. To book tickets, contact the Box Office team on 01473 295230 or visit danceeast.co.uk ENDS AUTUMN 2017 PERFORMANCE LISTINGS Friday 15 September | 3.00pm & 6.00pm Joseph Toonga To Be Felt St Martin’s Church, Colchester Tickets £18, £12 (restricted view), £6 (under 30 years) Suitable for all ages Booking opens 19 July | romanrivermusic.org.uk Friday 22 & Saturday 23 September | 7.30pm National Dance Company Wales Triple Bill Tickets from £12, £9 concessions Age suitability: 11yrs+ Friday 6 & Saturday 7 October | 7.30pm Joss Arnott Dance Triple Bill Tickets from £12, £9 concessions Age suitability: 11yrs+ Friday 20 & Saturday 21 October | 7.30pm Scottish Dance Theatre Double Bill Tickets from £12, £9 concessions Age suitability: 12yrs+ Friday 27 October | 7.30pm The Farm Cockfight Tickets from £12, £9 concessions Age suitability: 12yrs+ Friday 3 November | 1.30pm (schools) & 7.30pm Saturday 4 November | 4.00pm Avant Garde Dance & The Place Fagin’s Twist Tickets from £10, £7 concessions (£30 family ticket) Age suitability: 8yrs+ Friday 10 November | 7.30pm Alexander Whitley Dance Company 8 Minutes Tickets from £12, £9 concessions Suitable for all ages Friday 17 November | 1.30pm (schools) Saturday 18 November | 11.00am & 2.30pm Anatomical The Buildy-uppy Dance Show Tickets from £10, £7 concessions (£30 family ticket) Age suitability: 4yrs+ Wednesday 13 December | 1.30pm Thursday 14 December | 10.30am Friday 15 December | 10.30am & 7.30pm Saturday 16 December | 2.30pm & 7.30pm Sunday 17 December | 2.30pm Jane Hackett Productions The Borrowers Tickets from £10, £7 concessions (£30 family ticket) Age suitability: 5yrs+ NOTES TO EDITORS Priority booking now open for DanceEast Friends, Best Friends and Patrons General booking opens Friday 30 June Box Office 01473 295230 | DANCEEAST.CO.UK Jerwood DanceHouse, Foundry Lane, Ipswich, IP4 1DW About DanceEast DanceEast is one of the UK’s leading dance organisations. It is based at the Jerwood DanceHouse in Ipswich, the home of dance in the East of England. DanceEast’s programme embraces the artistic, educational, social and recreational roles that dance plays in the local and national arts ecology. It places artists at the heart of the organisation, presenting high-quality high-profile dance work in the Jerwood DanceHouse and offering artists support, development and stimulation via programmes such as the Associate Artist Scheme, Rural Retreats, Professional Development workshops, advanced level classes and the Choreographic Development Fund. DanceEast has been running a range of innovative community projects for over thirty years, working closely with partners on local, national and international projects. DanceEast is a registered charity, funded by Arts Council England, Suffolk County Council, Ipswich Borough Council, and donations from individuals, businesses, trusts and foundations. Thanks to Catalyst: Evolve funding, all donations DanceEast receives before 31 August 2019 will be matched by Arts Council England £1 for £1, doubling their value. There has never been a better time to donate, and contribute to the future of great dance at the Jerwood DanceHouse.
  15. Great news for many companies but a number have lost their NPO status and that must be a devastating blow for them. It tempers the good news a bit.