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  1. Tonight, at the New York Metropolitan Opera House, American Ballet Theatre will stage the US premiere of Cathy Marston's Jane Eyre, first commissioned by Northern Ballet and toured in the UK during 2016. I hope we might hear reactions from any members over there, in addition to newspaper reviews picked up in Links. For now, Playbill has published a useful introduction.
  2. The world premiere of Northern Ballet's Victoria, by Cathy Marston, is next Saturday - 9th March. Of course my friends and I will be there! Please use this thread for thought s on performances etc. As a little teaser NB have issued a rehearsal snippet:
  3. Last night in Leeds, Northern Ballet premiered Victoria, a major full-length work by Cathy Marston, co-produced with The National Ballet of Canada, an aspect offering further proof of her increasing impact in North America. Very positive reviews have already appeared online and will, no doubt, feature in tomorrow's Links. I was not the only Forum member there and, having just got back from Leeds, will add a thought or two in due course. I will not be disagreeing with the initial assessments mentioned but look forward to seeing what others made of it. Northern Ballet will bring Victoria to Sadler's Wells from 26 - 30 March, following a run in Leeds next week and in Sheffield the following week. After that, it goes to Leicester, Edinburgh, Milton Keynes, and Cardiff before finishing this initial run in Belfast from 29 May - 1 June. And it will have Northern Ballet's first cinema streaming on Tuesday 25 June.
  4. There will be a World Premiere tonight in Montreal, when Les Grands Ballets Canadiens give the first performance of Cathy Marston's full-evening version of D H Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover. It's a story that should lend itself well to being developed around a number of Cathy's powerful pas de deux and I've heard from my sister, who attended an Open Rehearsal the other day, that something of the sort is very much on the cards. (Principals for two casts were taken through their paces by Cathy and her longtime associate Jenny Tattersall, and there was also a session with the cast as a whole.) I'm conscious that we don't hear much from Montreal on the Forum, but am hopeful that we might see some reactions to this new work. But for now, a taster from Cathy, and a rerun of a Montreal Gazette piece that appeared recently in Links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JE3RuQWK-R8 https://montrealgazette.com/entertainment/local-arts/dance-sex-death-and-gamekeepers-as-lady-chatterley-and-giselle-ignite-the-stage
  5. Northern Ballet prepares for World Première of Jane Eyre Join one of literature’s most iconic heroines on a journey of courage, romance and tragedy with the World Première of Northern Ballet’s Jane Eyre. Based on the novel by Charlotte Brontë and performed during the 200th anniversary of her birth, Northern Ballet will bring this beautiful love story to life at the Cast theatre in Doncaster from 19 – 21 May 2016before commencing a national tour to Richmond, Aylesbury, Wolverhampton, Stoke and Leicester until June 2016. Orphaned at a young age and cruelly treated by her Aunt, Jane Eyre is a plain but intelligent child who grows up knowing little kindness. Sent away to a charitable school, Jane later accepts a position as a Governess at Thornfield, a gentleman’s manor whose master is the dark and impassioned Mr Rochester. In spite of their social differences, an unlikely bond grows between the pair but as their romance develops, it becomes clear that Mr Rochester has a hidden past that threatens to ruin them both. The ultimate dramatic tale of romance, jealousy and dark secrets, Jane Eyre is the story of one woman’s indomitable spirit overcoming all boundaries. Jane Eyre is choreographed by internationally acclaimed British dance maker Cathy Marston who previously created the Dickens classic A Tale of Two Cities for Northern Ballet in 2008. For this new production, Cathy has brought onboard composer Philip Feeney to compile and arrange a score for Jane Eyre made up of original compositions and existing work. In addition, Patrick Kinmonth, who has worked closely with photographer Mario Testino and has designed over 20 theatrical productions, will design the sets and costumes. Completing the creative team, Alastair West, whose Northern Ballet credits include Giselle, I Got Rhythm, A Christmas Carol and The Architect, will design the lighting. Cathy Marston said: ‘Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre was a novel far ahead of its time and when I think of Jane I feel inspired by images of her passionate but 'impossible' relationship with Mr Rochester, the fire and emotional destruction symbolised by Bertha Mason - the infamous 'woman in the attic', the contrasting icy moorland through which she seems to run from one chapter of her life to another, and of course her final reunion with Rochester. But these images only touch the surface of a character and a book that continue to provoke and move - generation after generation, re-read after re-read.’ Northern Ballet’s Artistic Director David Nixon OBE said: ‘Having already adapted Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights it seems appropriate that Northern Ballet should also immortalise her sister’s Jane Eyre through dance and doing so in the bicentennial anniversary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth makes it all the more special.’ Join Northern Ballet for this beautifully timeless tale told through the Company’s unique blend of classical ballet and drama. Tickets are on sale now, for more details and booking information visit northernballet.com/jane-eyre. -ENDS- Notes to Editors For more details of Northern Ballet's tour, on sale dates and booking information, please visit northernballet.com/whatson. Nominated for Outstanding Company at the 2015 National Dance Awards and voted Best Company at the 2014 TaglioniEuropean Ballet Awards, Northern Ballet is one of the UK’s five large ballet companies. Based in Leeds it performs throughout the UK as well as overseas. Northern Ballet’s productions mix classical dance and theatre, embracing popular culture and taking inspiration from literature, opera, or giving a unique interpretation of popular classical ballets. Northern Ballet is the busiest touring ballet company in the UK and is typically on the road for around 32 weeks of the year. The Company of 45 dancers tours a combination of full-length new work and established repertoire to cities throughout the UK. Northern Ballet also tours widely with its ballets for children, all four of which have been adapted for TV by CBeebies, and also performs a mixed programme showcasing the versatility of its dancers. Production Credits Choreography & Direction Cathy Marston Music Philip Feeney Set & Costume Design Patrick Kinmonth Lighting Design Alastair West Jane Eyre – Tour Dates Doncaster, Cast (World Première) 19 – 21 May 2016 Box Office 01302 303 959 castindoncaster.com Richmond Theatre 31 May – 1 Jun 2016 Box Office 0844 871 7651* atgtickets.com/richmond Aylesbury, Waterside Theatre 3 – 4 Jun 2016 Box Office 0844 871 7607* atgtickets.com/aylesbury Wolverhampton, Grand Theatre 10 – 11 Jun 2016 Box Office 01902 429 212 grandtheatre.co.uk Stoke, Regent Theatre 14 – 15 Jun 2016 Box Office 0844 871 7649* atgtickets.com/regent-theatre Leicester, Curve Theatre 17 – 18 Jun 2016 Box Office 0116 242 3595 curveonline.co.uk See northernballet.com/whatson for updates. Subject to change. *Calls to 0844 numbers are charged at up to 7p per minute plus your phone Company’s access charge.
  6. Next season's programme for the Royal Danish Ballet is being announced right now - it includes Wheeldon's Alice and a new piece by Wayne McGregor, and also a new full-length version of Dangerous Liaisons by Cathy Marston, who has made work for other groups in Denmark but never for the RDB itself. Next season looks much more interesting than this one, with Jewels and a re-run of the new Swan Lake as well as a couple of triple bills. There's also a new Giselle...
  7. As I recall, the first ballet that Cathy Marston created on leaving Bern was Elephant Man for Copenhagen Summer Ballet. She was commissioned to make another piece and it opens there tonight - Lolita. A short trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7z5xRqma5k And another taster: https://instagram.com/p/6UqNa3BPhl/ Tantalising, and I know I'll regret not seeing it.
  8. Cathy Marston's Bern company will bring her new work "Witch Hunt" to the ROH Linbury next month. It opens in Bern tomorrow as "Hexenhatz" and its General Rehearsal is happening now, here: http://hexenhatz.tumblr.com/ Just refresh the page every so often!
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