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Powerhouse of dance perform thrilling triple bill in Leeds

Northern Ballet returns home in June with a showcase of established international and emerging choreographic talent, including the World Première of Kenneth Tindall’s The Architect. The Company will perform a Mixed Programme at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre in its award-winning headquarters in Leeds from Wednesday 18 to Saturday 21 June.
The Mixed Programme of works by Hans van Manen, Lar Lubovitch and Kenneth Tindall, is a rare opportunity to see the prestigious Company up close in the intimate setting of their own home. 
The Mixed Programme features Concertante by Dutch dance master Hans van Manen who has created more than 100 short classical ballets during his illustrious 60 year career with Nederlands Dans Theatre and the Dutch National Ballet, amongst many others. The Company first staged the classical piece, set to Frank Martin’s Petite Symphonie Concertante, in their 2013 Mixed Programme in Leeds and Concertante returns by popular demand.
The second piece of the triple bill will be Lar Lubovitch’s Concerto Six Twenty-Two with a performance that marks Northern Ballet’s first venture with one of America’s leading choreographers. The work, choreographed in 1986 and set to Mozart’s Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, is an inventive portrayal of male dance duets in what has become one of Lubovitch’s most celebrated pieces.
The World Première of The Architect by Northern Ballet Premier Dancer and British choreographer Kenneth Tindall completes the programme. This is his third commission for Northern Ballet and takes inspiration from the story of Adam & Eve. The Architect will feature sets and costumes designed by Christopher Giles, who has previously collaborated with Northern Ballet on Hamlet and Cleopatra, and lighting by Alastair West. It follows the success of Kenneth’s award-winning choreographic debut Project #1 and the critically-acclaimed Luminous Junc·ture.
Northern Ballet’s Artistic Director, David Nixon OBE, said: “It is always a great thrill to have the opportunity to showcase the immense talent of our dancers to audiences at our home in Leeds. Performing a masterwork such as Concertante is a real challenge and demonstrates the very high standard of the Company. We’re very excited to be working with Lar Lubovitch for the first time on Concerto Six Twenty-Two. Also I am delighted for Kenneth Tindall to have the opportunity to stage the première of The Architect; it’s very important that we encourage and nurture such talent in our dancers.”
Tickets for Northern Ballet’s Mixed Programme at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds are on sale now online at theatreleeds.com or by calling the box office on 0113 220 8008.

Mixed Programme – Booking Information
Leeds, Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre
18 – 21 June 2014, 7.30pm
(Matinee Saturday at 2.30pm)
Box Office 0113 220 8008
£17.50 Adults & £15 Concessions
On sale now
Notes to Editors
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 24 weeks of the year. The Company of 40 dancers tours a combination of new works and established repertoire to cities throughout the UK and is the only large scale ballet company to do so.

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, winner of the 2011 National Lottery Award for Best Arts Project, also houses a café bar which is open daily for pre-performance meals or drinks.  The theatre was recently 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. 

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