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For immediate release

20 March 2018


Northern Ballet’s Casanova to be broadcast on Sky Arts




Sunday 1 April | 6pm



Northern Ballet’s award-winning production of Casanova, a ballet by Kenneth Tindall will be broadcast on TV for the first time on Sunday 1 April at 6pm on Sky Arts, before becoming available on digitaltheatre.com, the world’s leading digital platform for the arts. This new ballet, described as ‘nothing short of mesmerising’ (The Stage), premièred in March 2017, and was filmed during live performances at Manchester Palace Theatre last summer after completing its World Première Tour. 


Transporting audiences to 18th century Venice, Casanova tells the story of the infamous Italian adventurer in a seductivemasquerade of passion and politics. Acclaimed by critics and audiences, over 40,000 people attended live performances of Casanova on tour where the smash-hit production grossed an astounding £1.2m at the Box Office from an eight week UK tour. Now through this TV screening, even more people will be able to see this sumptuous new production.


Casanova was choreographed and directed by Kenneth Tindall for which he received a nomination for Best Classical Choreography at the 2017 National Dance Awards. The ballet is set to an original score by acclaimed film and television composer Kerry Muzzey and based on the Sunday Times bestselling biography of Casanova by Ian Kelly. It featuressumptuous gilded sets and decadent costumes designed by Tony and Olivier award-winning designer Christopher Oram, with wigs and make up designed by Richard Mawbey and lighting designed by Alastair West, for which he was nominated for a Knight of Illumination award.


The full-length performance of Casanova to be televised on Sky Arts features Giuliano Contadini in the title role with Ayami Miyata as Manon Balletti, Dreda Blow as Bellino and Hannah Bateman as Henriette: Casanova’s love interests.


Northern Ballet’s Artistic Director David Nixon OBE said: Casanova kicked off an extraordinary year for Northern Ballet as the first of three new full-length ballets that we premièred in 2017. We thrive on creating new work and surprising audiences with innovative and unexpected new titles, and Casanova has been an incredible achievement for Kenneth Tindall, the creative team and the whole company. This is our second new full-length ballet to be screened on television in two years, a fantastic platform to enable even more audiences to see Northern Ballet and be taken on a journey,pushing the boundaries of what stories can be told through dance.’

Kenneth Tindall, Choreographer and Director of Casanova added: ‘Casanova was my first full-length ballet to choreograph and direct and I am overwhelmed by the recognition and success it has achieved. I am delighted that we are now able to share Casanova with even more people from the comfort of their own homes through the medium of film which adds a whole new dimension to the work. I hope that they are surprised, shocked and moved as they join us in discovering the fascinating and complex man that Casanova was.’

This is the first time a full-length Northern Ballet production will be broadcast on Sky Arts. The last Northern Ballet production to be screened on television was its adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984 which was shown on BBC Four in February 2016.




Notes to Editors

Production Credits

Choreography & Direction Kenneth Tindall

Original Scenario Ian Kelly and Kenneth Tindall (adapted from Ian Kelly’s biography of Casanova)

Music Kerry Muzzey

Set & Costume Design Christopher Oram

Wig & Make Up Design Richard Mawbey

Lighting Design Alastair West 


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 46 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


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Photo: Caroline Holden

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3 hours ago, Bruce Wall said:

This is excellent news.  This should look wonderful on the small screen!!  I hope it's Torres in the title role.  I thought he was excellent.  

Giuliano Contadini as Casanova according to the  press release, not  Javier T  ( who  was ''gloriously sleazy' as  the fiance in las Hermanas on Saturday)


 this press release explains the teaser statements Kenny  put on his social media accounts this morning 

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1 minute ago, Nicola H said:

Giuliano Contadini as Casanova according to the  press release, not  Javier T  ( who  was ''gloriously sleazy' as  the fiance in las Hermanas on Saturday)


 this press release explains the teaser statements Kenny  put on his social media accounts this morning 


Thanks so, Nicola.  That is entirely fair as he originated the role ... and was truly excellent in it as well.  

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