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Northern Ballet is hosting its second Choreographic Laboratory over the next couple of weeks.  There is a public event on 16th June at Quarry Hill in Leeds.


Some details have been released on the NB website:





The five choreographers who will be participating in the Laboratory this year are:


Toby Batley (Northern Ballet)

Lucia Solari (Northern Ballet)

Carlos Pons Guerra (De Nada Dance Theatre)

Charlotte Edmonds (Royal Ballet Young Choreographer Programme)

Morgan Runacre-Temple (Ballet Ireland)





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And the official Press Release:


Northern Ballet develops emerging talent with its Choreographic Laboratory  


Northern Ballet has commenced its second annual Choreographic Laboratory which brings together five emergingchoreographers for a three-week intensive to research and develop ideas for new narrative dance with Northern Ballet’s professional dancers. The Choreographic Laboratory culminates in Tell Tale Steps 2: Narrative in Ballet, a sharing at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre in Northern Ballet’s Leeds city-centre home on 16 June 2016.


The Choreographic Laboratory was initiated in 2015 by Northern Ballet’s Artistic Director and celebrated creator of numerous narrative works, David Nixon OBE. With a standout reputation for creating narrative dance in the UK, Northern Ballet has a record of continuously commissioning new story ballets including most recently 1984 and Jane Eyre. Now in its second year, Northern Ballet’s Choreographic Laboratory, run in partnership with The Royal Ballet and curated by director and producer Jane Hackettoffers emerging choreographers the opportunity to work with Northern Ballet’s renowned dance actors to explore the creation of new narrative dance work.


The Choreographic Laboratory is a unique commitment to nurturing choreographers and to developing talent. Following a national call out, Carlos Pons Guerra (independent choreographer), Charlotte Edmonds (Royal Ballet Young Choreographer), Lucia Solari (First Soloist at Northern Ballet), Morgann Runacre-Temple (independent choreographer and choreographer in residence at Ballet Ireland) and Tobias Batley (Premier Dancer at Northern Ballet), will spend three weeks in the studios at Northern Ballet’s HQ with their company dancers to explore narrative dance. The intensive also includes a programme of talks and mentorship from Sharon Watson, Artistic Director of Phoenix Dance Theatre, dramaturge Ruth Little, playwright Greg Mosse and dance writer Luke Jennings. 


David Nixon OBE said: ‘Following the success of last year’s inaugural Choreographic Laboratory I am delighted to once again offer emerging choreographers the opportunity to work with our professional dancers.


As one of the UK’s largest ballet companies it is a privilege to be able to offer support and guidance to the choreographers of the future through a platform that is already paying dividends for its previous participants.’


Previous Choreographic Laboratory participant, Kenneth Tindall, who has since been commissioned by Northern Ballet to create its newly announced 2017 première Casanova, said: ‘Northern Ballet’s Choreographic Laboratory is an invaluable experience at any stage of your career. The wide range of mentorship and tools on offer are thought-provoking and challenging and it’s a wonderful learning curve full of curiosity and investigation. This is a process driven Laboratory where the journey and not the outcome is the most important part.


The culmination of the Choreographic Laboratory is Tell Tale Steps 2: Narrative in Ballet a sharing of the process of experimentation and research during the choreographers’ three week residency where they will demonstrate, with dancers from Northern Ballet, how they have investigated the building blocks of narrative dance, created characters and a sense of place and drama. The programme also includes a panel of leading arts professionals discussing the delights and difficulties of creating narrative dance.


Tickets for Tell Tale Steps 2: Narrative in Ballet are on sale now, priced at £12 adults and £6 concessions. Tickets can be booked online at theatreleeds.com or by calling the box office on 0113 220 8008.





Notes to Editors


Tell Tale Steps 2: Narrative in Ballet

Leeds, Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre

Thu 16 June 2015

6pm – 8pm

Box Office 0113 220 8008





Carlos Pons Guerra

Carlos Pons Guerra is an independent choreographer who has created work for, and worked with, companies such as Rambert (for The Future Programme), the Young Ballet of the Dominican Republic, the National Dance Company of the Dominican Republic, Elmhurst School of Dance (associate school of Birmingham Royal Ballet) and the Northern School of Contemporary Dance. He was nominated for the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards in the category of ‘Best Emerging Artist’ in 2015. Carlos also directs his own company, DeNada Dance Theatre, with which he has recently completed a UK national tour of his triple bill of narrative works, Ham and Passion, and is currently creating a new ballet for the company which will tour in 2017. Originally from Gran Canaria, Spain, where he trained at the Choreographic Centre of Las Palmas under direction of Carmen de Robles and Anatol Yanowsky, he completed his training at the Conservatoire for Dance of Madrid and the Northern School of Contemporary Dance.


Charlotte Edmonds

Charlotte Edmonds trained at The Royal Ballet School and, as a student, performed with The Royal Ballet in roles including Duck in Peter and the Wolf. She made her Royal Ballet choreographic debut in 2014 with the film The Indifferent Beak for Deloitte Ignite 14. At The Royal Ballet School she was a finalist in the Ninette de Valois Junior Choreographic Competition for three consecutive years and won the Kenneth MacMillan Senior Choreographic Competition in 2011 and 2012. She went on to study at Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, and completed a two-year foundation degree there in 2015. Charlotte was also Causeway Young Artist in Residence with Yorke Dance Project in 2013/14, where she created No Strings Attached, and she was the Commissioned Choreographer for the 2015 Genée International Ballet Competition. Other companies for which she has choreographed include Dutch National Ballet Junior Company, Opera Holland Park, Royal Ballet Upper School, Royal Ballet Draft Works, Yorke Dance Project and Emerging Young Dancer 2016.


Lucia Solari

Lucia Solari was born in Montevideo, Uruguay and grew up in Italy and Germany. She trained with Mme. Alla Osipenko, the Hamlyn Ballet School (Florence) where she graduated in the Cecchetti method and the School of the Hamburg Ballet. She received a scholarship from the 'Pierino Ambrosoli Foundation' and in 1998 she won the 'Premio Danza e Danza' as the Best Young Italian Dancer. Her first engagement was with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in 2001 under the direction of Yuri Vámos. She danced solo roles in his repertoire and leading roles in ballets from Uwe Scholz and John Neumeier. In 2005 she joined Hamburg Ballet and was promoted to Soloist in 2009. During her eight years with the Company she performed a large number of roles in John Neumeier's repertory and in ballets from Jerome Robbins, George Balanchine and Pierre Lacotte. She joined Northern Ballet in 2013 and was promoted to First Soloist in 2014. Since joining she has danced many roles and in 2015 David Nixon created on her and her partner a new version of The Nutcracker Grand Pas de Deux.


Morgann Runacre-Temple

Morgann graduated from Central School of Ballet in 2004, winning the choreographic Award in 2002 and 2003. She is choreographer in residence at Ballet Ireland for whom she has created several full-length ballets including Cinderella(2009), Romeo and Juliet (2010), Scheherazade (2011), and Carmen (2013). Other credits include The Interview (2003) and Sidewinder (2005) for Ballet Central, Rumpelstiltskin (2011) for The London Children's Ballet, The Stargazer (2012) and Peter and the Wolf (2014) for Chance to Dance at The Royal Opera House.


Tobias Batley

Tobias was born in Manchester, England and trained at the Hammond School of Dance in Chester and the Royal Ballet School, London. After graduating from the Royal Ballet School, Tobias joined the Jeune Ballet de Cannes, in France before joining Northern Ballet, England in 2004. As well as dancing most of the leading roles during his career atNorthern Ballet he has had many roles created for him including Mark Antony in David Nixon and Claude Michel Schönberg's Cleopatra, Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby, Prince Mikhail in Cinderella, Winston Smith in Jonathan Watkins 1984 and Charles Darnay in A Tale of Two Cities. He was nominated for a UK National Dance Award in 2010, 2012 and 2015 for 'Best Male Dancer' and has been included in Dance Europe magazines list of outstanding dancers for the last 5 years. He has guested in galas in the UK and internationally including the USA and Europe, most recently at the Taglioni European Ballet Awards in Berlin.


Northern Ballet

For more details of Northern Ballet's tour, on sale dates and booking information, please visit northernballet.com/whatson.


Voted Best Company at the Taglioni European Ballet Awards and nominated for Best Company at the 2015 National Dance 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 46 dancers tours a combination of full-length new work and established repertoire to cities throughout the UK. Northern Ballet also tours widely with its specially created ballets for children, all of which have beenadapted for TV by CBeebies, and also performs a mixed programme showcasing the versatility of its dancers.

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