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For Immediate Release

22 August 2018

Mixed Programme

Northern Ballet presents exciting new dance
in Leeds and Doncaster only this September




Touring to Leeds (World Première) and Doncaster 

September 2018


Northern Ballet will open their autumn season with the World Première of three exhilarating new dance pieces in their Mixed Programme, with performances in Leeds and Doncaster. Giving Yorkshire audiences the chance to be the first to see exciting work by upcoming and award-winning choreographers, Northern Ballet’s world-class dancers will performThe Shape of Sound by Kenneth Tindall, The Kingdom of Back by Morgann Runacre-Temple and Mamela by Mlindi Kulashe. The Mixed Programme will première at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre in Leeds from 12 – 15 September before performances at Cast in Doncaster on 21 & 22 September. 


After the success of the award-winning Casanova, critically acclaimed choreographer Kenneth Tindall makes his highlyanticipated return to Northern Ballet with The Shape of Sound. Performed to Vivaldi’s iconic The Four Seasonsreimagined by Max Richter, this abstract piece is inspired by the seasons and our human responses to them. The Shape of Sound is the sixth new work Kenneth has created for the Company, including celebrated pieces for previous mixed programmes The Architect and Luminous Junc·ture.


Her first creation for Northern Ballet, Morgann Runacre-Temple will present The Kingdom of Back, an intimate and moving portrait of Wolfgang Mozart’s elder sister and musical genius in her own right, Nannerl Mozart. Offering a different lens on the world of the Mozart family, The Kingdom of Back draws inspiration from the family’s letters and explores the complex relationship between Leopold Mozart and his two prodigious children. The piece features music by Frank Moon, JS Bach, and the music of Leopold and Wolfgang Mozart performed by The Swingle Singers. Morgann was Choreographer in Residence at Ballet Ireland for six years and recently choreographed the award-winning dance film Curing Albrecht with English National Ballet and Manchester International Festival.


An emerging choreographer from within Northern Ballet’s Company of dancers, South-African born Mlindi Kulashe will make his choreographic debut with Mamela (meaning listen’ in Mlindi’s native language, Xhosa). With themes offrustration, escapism and imprisonment, this thought-provoking piece encompasses the feeling of being trapped in the unknown and explores how society’s expectations affect us as individuals. Mamela is performed to original music by Jack Edmonds which incorporates multi-lingual voices.


Northern Ballet’s Artistic Director David Nixon OBE said: ‘We are delighted to present this new Mixed Programme for our audiences at home in Leeds as well as in Doncaster. Kenneth Tindall has a long history with Northern Ballet, first as a dancer and more recently as a choreographer, and it continues to be very exciting to see him grow, particularly after the phenomenal success of last year’s Casanova. I am also very proud that one of our current dancers, Mlindi Kulashe, will make his choreographic debut as part of this programme. It is very important that we continue to encourage and nurture such talent from within our Company. It is also with great pleasure that we welcome a new choreographer to the Company, Morgann Runacre-Temple. The narrative piece she will present compliments the storytelling strengths of our dancers perfectly.


Tickets are on sale now, to book visit northernballet.com/mixed-programme



Notes to Editors


Tour Dates

Leeds Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre
Wed 12 – Sat 15 September 2018
Box Office 0113 220 8008                         

 Doncaster Cast
 Fri 21 & Sat 22 September 2018
Box Office 01302 303 959


Northern Ballet

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 45 dancers performs a combination of its full-length ballets and specially created ballets for children at almost 50 venues annually. Providing the highest standard of live theatre experience, every Northern Ballet performance is accompanied by live music played by Northern Ballet Sinfonia.

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


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