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John Ross' Moving new dance production to open in Leeds


Award-winning choreographer John Ross comes to Leeds for the first time this May with a brand new dance-theatreproductionPerforming at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre for one performance only on 4 May 2016, John Ross Dance presents Blinkan interpretation of American author Mitch Albom’s best-selling novel The Five People You Meet in Heaven.


Blink tells the story of Eddie and reminds us that no meeting or action goes without a reaction. A bitter old man, Eddie dies trying to save a little girl and this begins a series of encounters with five important people from instrumental periods in his life. Set to the beautifully haunting music of composer Greg Haines, Blink stages Ross’ signature trademark of emotive and physically compelling storytelling and marks his second tour of the UK.

A video documentary will also be exhibited before the live performance, detailing a series of interviews with children and people over the age of 60 on questions relating to the production’s themes of love and life.

Tickets for Blink by John Ross Dance at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds are on sale now and can be booked online at theatreleeds.com or by calling the box office on 0113 220 8008. All tickets are priced at £10.


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Notes to Editors


John Ross Dance

Established in 2011, John Ross Dance combines contemporary dance and theatre to tell creatively engaging stories that can connect to a wide audience. 

John Ross trained as a dancer at the London Contemporary Dance School before embarking on a performance career with companies and choreographers including Jasmin Vardimon, Opera North and C-12 Dance Theatre among others. Ross’ work for his own company includes Wolfpack, Man Down and Little Sheep, which were showcased as a triple bill at the Hackney Empire in 2014. Ross has won Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Choreographer Award (2013), the MOKO Children’s Choreography Award (2014), and in 2015 was named as one of the BBC Performing Arts Fund’s 32 Ones to Watch.  

Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre

The Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre is an intimate studio theatre situated inside the stunning home of Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre on Quarry Hill, Leeds. The building was winner of the 2011 National Lottery Award for Best Arts Project. The theatre was named as the best family friendly theatre in Yorkshire in the Netmums Theatre Awards. The theatre also received Best Family Venue, Best Family Event and Best Family Welcome at the 2013 Family Arts Festival Awards. The Stanley & Audrey Burton has signed up to the Family Arts Standards and supports Child Friendly Leeds.


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