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  1. given some of the ardent Northern Ballet fans on the site i'm surprised there isn't a post ( that I can find) about this yet https://northernballet.com/victoria/hannah-bateman-celebration
  2. I’ve had an email inviting me to buy tickets for this 50th Anniversary Celebration Dinner on 5th or 6th November 2020. However. I don’t know much about Northern Ballet not have I visited Leeds. At £100 per ticket, I’d welcome any input/feedback from those who are familiar with NB as to whether this event may be worth leaving my Home Counties comfort zone for? Thanks
  3. Pathé Live is showing the 2019-20 season of Bolshoi broadcasts, but for some reason only in French at the moment: https://www.pathelive.com/programme/ballet-du-bolchoi-19-20
  4. 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:
  5. Did anyone else get to see Dracula in their local cinema this evening? Wasn't it wonderful? Although we are lucky enough to live close enough to Leeds to see Northern Ballet regularly, it was perfect on a work night to be able to stay close to home and see it in our wonderful local independent cinema with a mug of tea in hand. I really hope there will be many more live broadcasts by Northern Ballet.
  6. 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.
  7. Hi Im new here so not sure where to post! I have a daughter who is auditioning for associates at Northern Ballet Leeds, I have had confirmation they have received her cheque and form, I also have a younger daughter who would like to audition but her form was sent later. We haven’t heard anything back from them so I’m worrying they haven’t received it and the closing date was yesterday. So my question is , has anyone else sent the form and payment but not heard anything back yet?!
  8. Paris Opera Ballet: Thanks, Bruce! I'm not sure what the geographic spread of these outside France is, but thought we should record it anyway.
  9. 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.
  10. For immediate release 31 January 2019 Northern Ballet to go live on the silver screen [Download high resolution images] Dracula LIVE in cinemas 31 October 2019 Victoria in cinemas 25 June 2019 Northern Ballet is to make its live cinema debut with David Nixon OBE’s Dracula streamed direct to cinemas from the newly redeveloped Leeds Playhouse on Halloween. In addition, Northern Ballet has also announced that Cathy Marston’s Victoria will be screened in cinemas on 25 June 2019 following the ballet’s world première tour. Both productions will be available in cinemas throughout the UK and marks Northern Ballet’s first venture into cinema with its full-length productions. This announcement follows Northern Ballet’s cinema debut at the weekend with children’s ballet Tortoise & the Hare. This is due to be followed by screenings of two more of the Company’s children’s ballets, meaning that Northern Ballet will offer a total of five different ballets for cinema audiences during its first year of presenting its productions on the silver screen. David Nixon OBE, Artistic Director of Northern Ballet, said: ‘As the widest touring ballet company in the UK, Northern Ballet goes further to provide world-class ballet on the doorsteps of people throughout the UK. However, it is not possible to reach everybody with our live tour and so I am delighted that we will be offering Victoria and Dracula to cinema audiences throughout the country to enable even more people to access our productions. We pride ourselves on being innovative storytellers, pushing the boundaries of what stories can be told through dance and these two ballets are excellent demonstrations of that. In the hands of one of the most exciting choreographers of today, Cathy Marston’s Victoria takes the life of one of our most iconic monarchs and presents her story in a way never seen before. Whilst Draculasees Bram Stoker’s legendary vampire brought to the stage in a ballet full of sensuality and darkness; perfect viewing for Halloween. We hope that through these cinema screenings, not only will ballet fans have more opportunities to see us perform but that others who may have never seen a ballet before will give it a try and discover a new passion for our art form.’ John Travers, Head of Distribution for CinemaLive, said: ‘For over 10 years now, CinemaLivehave been providing audiences worldwide with access to incredible events through their local cinema. We are delighted to be working in partnership with Northern Ballet to distribute these two exciting productions to cinemas in 2019. Their innovative approach to storytelling looks beyond traditional ballet titles and we are proud to bring this unique and inventive content to the big screen. We look forward to seeing both Victoria and Dracula connect with cinema audiences across the UK and Ireland this year.’ This new project has been made possible by the support of Northern Ballet’s longstanding sponsors first direct bank. Joe Gordon, Head of first direct, said: ‘As proud digital pioneers ourselves, first direct is thrilled to support Northern Ballet’s new digital programme and become their National Stage & Screen Sponsor. It will bring their world-class dance and passionate storytelling to diverse new audiences around the UK and represents an exciting evolution for our new innovative partnership.’ Tickets for Victoria and Dracula in cinemas are on sale now. To find your closest participating cinemas and to book tickets visit northernballet.com/cinema -ENDS- Northern Ballet Cinema Screenings (Full-length) Victoria 25 June 2019 (One night only) Cinemas nationwide northernballet.com/cinema Dracula (LIVE) 31 October 2019 (One night only) Cinemas nationwide northernballet.com/cinema Northern Ballet Cinema Screenings (Children’s) Tortoise & the Hare From 26 January 2019 Cinemas nationwide northernballet.com/cinema Elves & the Shoemaker From 23 February 2019 Cinemas nationwide northernballet.com/cinema Three Little Pigs From 23 March 2019 Cinemas nationwide northernballet.com/cinema 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 43 dancers performs a combination of its full-length ballets and specially created ballets for children at more than 40 venues annually. For more details of Northern Ballet's tour, on sale dates and booking information, please visit northernballet.com/whatson National Stage & Screen Sponsor Image: Abigail Prudames and Mlindi Kulashe at Everyman Cinema Leeds. Photo Justin Slee.
  11. Northern Ballet is currently advertising for three non-executive directors. Included in the information pack on the website there is a paragraph about the Company's 50th Anniversary Celebrations (the Company turns 50 at the end of November next year) which look as though they are going to extend throughout the following year: 50th Anniversary Our 50th Anniversary will be a unique opportunity to celebrate everything that is great about Northern Ballet with a range of exciting events planned. The year of celebrations will include: 2 new full-length productions A new children’s ballet Gala performance and dinner at Buckingham Palace Gala performance in Leeds Commissioning of a commemorative art work Digital Book https://northernballet.com/sites/default/files/downloads/vacancies/2018-board-member_0.pdf
  12. For immediate release 11 June 2018 Northern Ballet announces promotions and joiners for 2017/18 season Northern Ballet will welcome ten new dancers for the 2018/19 season and has also announced promotions for existing members of the Company. Joining the Corps de Ballet are: Ayça Anil (Central School of Ballet); Adam Ashcroft (Estonian National Ballet); Harris Beattie (Central School of Ballet); Helen Bogatch (Estonian National Ballet); Kyungka Kwak (Universal Ballet, Korea); George Liang (The National Ballet of Canada); and Nina Queiroz da Silva (Ballet Nacional Sodre, Uruguay). Matthew Morrell joins as an Apprentice from the Academy of Northern Ballet’s Professional Graduate Programme, alongsideformer Professional Graduate student Julie Nunès who joins from the corps de ballet at The Phantom of the Opera, Stockholm, and Oscar Ainscough from Tring Park School for the Performing Arts. In addition, a number of Northern Ballet’s existing company dancers have been promoted: Mlindi Kulashe, Ayami Miyata, Abigail Prudames and Joseph Taylor to First Soloists; Nicola Gervasi and Matthew Koon to Soloists; Sarah Chun, Riku Ito, Minju Kang and Dominique Larose to Junior Soloists; and Filippo Di Vilio to Coryphée. This year the Company will also be saying goodbye to the following dancers: Dreda Blow is returning to her native Canada to study physical theatre and pursue acting, teaching and creating her own work; whilst Giuliano Contadini and Victoria Sibson have retired from the stage; the three have collectively been performing with Northern Ballet for over 35 years. Mathilde Lambert leaves to join Columbia Classical Ballet, USA; Jesse Milligan has joined the West End cast of The King and I at the London Palladium; Liam Morris is joining Estonian National Ballet; Alexander Yap is joiningBirmingham Royal Ballet; Archie James leaves to study Sports and Injury Therapy; and Kiara Flavin, Thomas Holdsworth, Darragh Hourrides, Carlotta Pini and Ailen Ramos Betancourt are also moving on to new things. Northern Ballet’s new season will commence in September with a new Mixed Programme in Leeds and Doncaster followed by the return of David Nixon OBE’s The Three Musketeers and The Nutcracker which will both tour nationally.For details see northernballet.com/whatson -ENDS- Notes to Editors Northern Ballet – Company List 2018/19 Premier Dancers Pippa Moore Javier Torres Leading Soloists Hannah Bateman Antoinette Brooks-Daw Ashley Dixon First Soloists Mlindi Kulashe Ayami Miyata Abigail Prudames Joseph Taylor Soloists Nicola Gervasi Rachael Gillespie Matthew Koon Kevin Poeung Junior Soloists Sean Bates Sarah Chun Riku Ito Minju Kang Dominique Larose Matthew Topliss Coryphée Filippo Di Vilio Jonathan Hanks Dancers Miki Akuta Eneko Amorós Zaragoza Ayça Anil Adam Ashcroft Harris Beattie Helen Bogatch Abigail Cockrell Ommaira Kanga Perez Natalia Kerner Kyungka Kwak Heather Lehan George Liang Harriet Marden Gavin McCaig Nina Queiroz da Silva Dale Rhodes Mariana Rodrigues Teresa Saavedra Bordes Andrew Tomlinson Lorenzo Trossello Apprentices Oscar Ainscough Matthew Morrell Julie Nunès 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 44 dancers performs a combination of its full-length ballets and specially created ballets for children at almost 50 venues annually. For more details of Northern Ballet's tour, on sale dates and booking information, please visit northernballet.com/whatson National Tour Sponsor
  13. https://northernballet.com/media-releases/2018-05-31/kenneth-tindall-appointed-to-artistic-staff
  14. Northern Ballet's Casanova has its world premiere in Leeds on Saturday. Please use this thread to give us your thoughts on the production. Northern Ballet has got a comprehensive mini-site with photogallery, scenario, trailer and more: https://northernballet.com/casanova/mini#firstFrame The BBC has also published a photogallery: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-39179575 I will be reporting back after the premiere!
  15. Northern Ballet is in Bradford from 05-07 October with their mixed programme "A Celebration of Sir Kenneth MacMillan" comprising Concerto, Las Hermanas and Gloria. Please use this thread to record your thoughts on the performances. Here is a short film released by the Company:
  16. On Saturday night Northern Ballet continued its innovatory trajectory by showing ten works of eleven of its dancers. There had only been a four week period for creation, interspersed with rehearsals for different works in the main repertory to be shown in Leeds and on tour. The workshop was co-curated by David Nixon, the director, and Kenneth Tindall, former NB dancer, now an increasingly successful choreographer. They both spoke before the performances. They stressed the need to be 'relevant', so some of the works related to political developments and current social issues. They talked of the increasing importance of film and digital developments. Consequently there were several films of the new works. David Nixon stressed how valuable the active engagement of the dancers had been in the creative process, even stating that in the future, instead of 'dance artists' he would call his dancers "collaborative dancers'. Surprisingly, perhaps, given NB's tradition of dramatic classical ballet, the company had brought in as teachers for a week each, a former Forsythe dancer and an Akram Khan assistant. This influence was evident as a number of the works were more contemporary than pure classical, most notably in the work by Sean Bates, one of the most classical dancers in the company. His work, Khadija, was influenced by the Grenfell Tower tragedy, and at the opening his use of a group of dancers was not unlike that of Crystal Pite. There were only a couple of classical style works, one, by Nicola Gervasi, inspired by words by Margaret Atwood, and portraying coping mechanisms in experiences of trauma, passionately danced by Victoria Gibson and Dreda Blow amongst others. Dreda Blow provided the most hilarious piece, funny despite her comments that it was initially inspired by Trump and widespread misogyny. Three of the most charismatic male dancers cavorted around in original movements. Other works were also influenced by reaction to Trump- Gavin McCaig's piece, which was also shown at the start as a film, used clips of Trump, Garage and others. Other social issues that inspired pieces included the personal alienation (my word) caused by undue dependence on digital communication (Data Flow, by Mariana Rodrigues) using quite mechanical movements, plus others focusing on sexual harassment If this account makes the evening sound rather worthy, it wasn't, it was very varied. All pieces were interesting, the dancers were very well rehearsed and showed their technical and performing qualities, The music was varied, one piece was to Tchaikovsky, others to Rachmaninov, one to minimalism (possibly Nixon in China: unfortunately there was no information on the cast sheet on the composers), others to popular music. One piece, by Mlindi Kulashe, was danced in silence. He told us that he was preparing a ballet for the mixed bill of new ballets programmed for September. This season has seen Northern Ballet develop in exciting new ways, with new works and the excellent MacMillan triple. This workshop demonstrated that the company is continuing to evolve , investing in its future.
  17. Northern Ballet has just announced that they will be dancing 3 of MacMillan's one act masterpieces to commemorate him: Concerto, Las Hermanas, Gloria. Performances will take place in Bradford (October5-7, 2017) and Leeds (March 16-17, 2018)
  18. It is the world premiere of Northern Ballet's Little Mermaid in Southampton on Thursday. If any members are going to see this production please put your thoughts here. The Company have released a short film of Abigail Prudames talking about creating the title role:
  19. Thread for all the mixed-company MacMillan celebrations at the Royal Opera House this autumn. It kicks off tonight with Birmingham Royal Ballet in Concerto, Scottish Ballet in Le Baiser de la fée (or The Fairy's Kiss, if you prefer) and a mixed-company performance of Elite Syncopations, if I'm not mistaken. And to start us off, here's a link back to David's notes on Le Baiser de la fée
  20. Northern Ballet today released a press release today announcing they are doing two 'surprise' performances of Casanova at Manchester Palace Theatre on 4 and 5 August. Ticket are limited, as not all seats in the house will be on sale due to the production being filmed for broadcast!! Details of tickets on their website. Happy news!!!
  21. Northern Ballet has revived David Nixon's Beauty and the Beast for this section of the Autumn/Winter tour. As part of a mega-day out, I saw the matinee in Nottingham on Thursday afternoon. This production has a delightful charm about it - there are lots of laughs and some darker moments. The basis of the scenario is as we know it - the Prince is vain and is turned into a Beast by an "old woman" whom he spurns. The Old Woman turns out to be a bad-tempered fairy. Her curse is partially lifted by a Good Fairy who says that he can be redeemed by true love. Beauty's family is in dire straits. Her Dad goes into the woods to search for food and comes across the Beast's castle. He takes a rose, which enrages the beast and he is forced to agree to send one of his daughters to the Beast. Of course Beauty goes, goes from terror to love and the Beast is redeemed. Cue happy ending! The Prince and The Beast are played by different dancers which allows for the most beautiful and moving trio at the start of Act 2. The Beast is remembering himself in human form and his human form dances with Beauty. The scene with the bailiffs in Act 1 is absolutely hilarious! It may not be the greatest of David Nixon's works but it is great fun and a delight for all the family! On Thursday afternoon I saw Mlindi Kulashe as The Beast. He brought out all the pathos in the role and proved yet again that he is a wonderful actor. Ayami Miyata was sublime as Beauty and Joseph Taylor was an elegant Prince.
  22. Just saw this in Canterbury and was very pleased. Sadly not sold out but some very good dancing and a lovely little orchestra. I think the Macmillan choreography is a masterpiece, but this was interesting and quite exciting. Short. The friar has a hugely extended role and it all happens on a smallish stage which I guess is also the case in Leeds. Anyone else seen it? I'd be curious to hear views.
  23. Last week Northern Ballet danced Wuthering Heights in the Quarry Theatre of the West Yorkshire Playhouse. As I was in Amsterdam for the Dutch National Ballet's opening night gala for much of last week I had intended to give the season a miss this year. I had seen Wuthering Heights in Sheffield and Bradford the year before and I prefer other works in its repertoire. I hasten to add that is not because there is anything wrong with the choreography or dancing but I am not a big Bronte fan and Wuthering Heights is my least favourite work by those sisters. Give me Jane Austen any time. Her novels are set in rather more agreeable places than the benighted heaths of 18th century Yorkshire and I might add that her characters are somewhat less disagreeable people. I was persuaded to check the West Yorkshire Playhouse on Friday night by the excellent review that Janet McNulty kindly contributed to Terpsichore and was glad to find that there were still a few tickets left for Friday night. Of the three performances that I have seen over the 18 months or so last Friday's was by far the most enjoyable. Brookes-Daw was a vivacious and passionate Cathy and Dixon was the perfect Heathcliff. Jenny Hackwell and Maria Topliss's were their younger selves. Giuliano Contadini was a great Heathcliff and Pippa Moore represented a sweet and besotted Isabella. The West Yorkshire Playhouse is only a few hundred yards from the company's premises at Quarry Hill and audiences there are fanatically loyal to Northern Ballet. The auditorium is in amphitheatre form and seats about 750 so it has an intimate atmosphere. I think the audience must give the dancers a life and they reciprocate by making a special effort. The net result was a very enjoyable show. Some members of the audience actually gave them a standing ovation. After the show Kiara Flavin and Gavin McCaig, two of the company's younger members, stayed behind to answer questions from the audience. I learned several things that I did not know before from the Q & A. I had featured McCaig in Terpsichore a few years ago so I know him better than most of the dancers and I am glad to see his progress in the company. If anyone is interested, David Nixon, the artistic director of Northern Ballet, will appear at the London Ballet Circle, Civil Service Club, New Scotland Yard off Whitehall at 19:30 on 28 Nov 2016. That meeting is open to all members of the public.
  24. Yesterday Northern Ballet held its second choreographic lab entitled "Tell Tale Steps 2 Narrative Ballet" at the Stanley and Audrey Burton Theatre in the premises that the company shares with Phoenix Dance Theatre in Leeds. It consisted of a panel discussion and then five short performances of works by Charlotte Edmonds, Carlos Pons Guerra and Morgann Runacre-Temple and Northern Ballet's Tobias Batley and Lucia Solari. Although Edmonds's work was the most polished.Guerra's the most dramatic and Runacre-Temple's the most fun I was impressed by Batley's and Solari's. The discussion was also interesting, particularly the contribution from Geraldine Morris of Roehampton University. If anyone is interested I have added a note on the evening to my blog.
  25. The ballet was very warmly received, especially by those in the front rows and by the members of the company, who were in the best seats (meaning I couldn't couldn't book the seat I wanted!). Both the music and choreography were rather repetitive, perhaps necessarily so, given the theme of the book, although there are some nice solos for Martha Leebolt, as Julia, and one interesting pas de deux for Leebolt and Batley, which impressed people not very familiar with Macmillan. It's a fairly close depiction of the plot of the novel but cannot convey the philosophical complexities fundamental to the work. People unfamiliar with the novel may be confused about what is going on, unless they have bought the programme and managed to read the plot. The choreography for the Proles, and their costumes, were not sufficiently contrasted to those of Winston and his colleagues, and the Prole Woman is not characterised accurately- the audience might feel that Winston fancies her, while in the novel she fascinates him by her vulgarity rather than sexuality. But the dancers are very well rehearsed and individual dancers are convincing, Toby Batley and Martha Leebolt, in the leads but also Javier Torres who gives a chilling performance, very clearly danced. After Leeds, the ballet will be performed in seven theatres, culminating in London, Sadler's Wells, next May.
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