Dancer Promotions

July 22, 2010 at 9:00 am (Artist's News, Company News, General Information)

We are delighted to announce the following promotions which take effect from September 2010:

  • Julie Charlet, Michela Paolacci and Ayana Kanda from Coryphée to Soloist
  • Lori Gilchrist, Sebastian Loe and Michael Berkin From 5th year Corps to Coryphée
  • Dreda Blow from 4th to 5th Year Corps
  • Jessica Morgan, Rachel Gillespie, Ben Mitchell, Thomas Aragones, Graham Kotowich and Yoshihisa Arai from 2nd to 3rd Year Corps
  • Antoinette Brooks-Daw, Ayami Miyata, Rym Kechacha and Jeremy Curnier from 1st to 2nd Year Corps
  • Anna Blackwell from Apprentice to 1st Year Corps.

We also welcome Nicola Gervasi, who joins our 1st Year Corps from Peter Schaufuss Ballet. Joining us as apprentices are: Michaela Griffin from Cape Town City Ballet, Josh Barwick, an ex-Northern Ballet Associate and Elmhurst graduate, and Matthew Broadbent who comes to us from the Royal Ballet School.

We have bid farewell to Christopher Hinton Lewis who left the Company earlier this year to join the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Chris danced with us for 10 years giving many memorable performances in roles including Hamlet, Romeo and Heathcliff.

Ginnie Ray has hung up her pointe shoes to be a full-time mother to her daughter Rebecca. A valued member of the Company for 11 years she danced many roles including Lady Capulet (Romeo & Juliet), Mrs Darling (Peter Pan) and Milady De Winter (The Three Musketeers).

Senior Artiste Nathalie Léger has retired as a dancer after many successful years with us, Basel ballet, Deutsche Oper Am Rhein and Ballet De Monte Carlo. She will remain on the teaching staff for the Company and the Academy.

Soloist David Ward gave his last performance with us as Peter Pan in Macau last week. David joined the Company in 2005 and has performed many leading roles including Cinq Mars in The Three Musketeers, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Solar in La Bayadere. He leaves NBT to work with BalletMet in Ohio.

During our spring/summer season 2010 the Company performed four full-length productions (Romeo & Juliet, Wuthering Heights, Peter Pan and Dangerous Liaisons) at 11 venues in towns and cities across the UK including Edinburgh, Woking, Cardiff, Milton Keynes and Glasgow, as well overseas in Honk Kong and Macau.

Our’s autumn/winter season starts with performances of Dangerous Liaisons at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds on Tuesday 7 September and will continue with performances of Swan Lake and The Nutcracker in 9 UK venues including Bradford, Woking and Aylesbury (Swan Lake) and Nottingham, Norwich, Sheffield, Manchester and Leeds (The Nutcracker).

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A Dancer in Macau, part 2

July 20, 2010 at 10:54 am (Dancers, dancers' diaries, Hong Kong & Macau 2010, Overseas Tour) (, , , , )

Here’s Hannah‘s final report from the international tour…

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Friday in Macau

We had class today at 12.30 – 13.45, then straight into the tech at 14.00- 17.00 with the Orchestra here in Macau. Time for a quick swim after early breakfast, a dip in the pool is a really great way to start a day! The tech went really well and the Orchestra sounded great, I keep my ear’s open as it’s only human nature to go on auto pilot after hearing the recording for a week or so. A live orchestra really does give a show that extra lift and edge of excitement. The show was a success and people of Macau relished the chance to scream ‘yes’ to believing in fairies. Room service at the hotel for me after the show and then bed ASAP, starting to feel like the end of the season!

Ayana and Christie

Ayana and Christie

Julie at the mirrors, there certainly isn't a lack of space!

Julie at the mirrors, there certainly isn't a lack of space!

The Stars...

The Stars...

Saturday the last day

The rain is beating down at quite a rate but I think we will be typhoon-free or at least if it could hold off till we take our flights home tomorrow that would be great. Tonight is David Ward’s last show with the Company and a chance for us all to say farewell to him before he departs for a new adventure in Ballet Met, Ohio, USA. We also say a fond farewell to Georgina Gabbie (Doll) who is leaving us to tour with Evita. David and Georgina will be very much missed.

We had class with Dan today at 11.30 and then double duty with performances at 14.30 and 19.30. In between the shows I took the 4 minute walk back to the hotel to get on top of my luggage, literally! Some people went for a last afternoon dip in the pool.

Show went really well tonight, extra excitement as so many of the dancers will be on their way home tomorrow to see family they haven’t seen for up to a year. I am sure there will be much celebration this evening!

The auditorium at Macau Cultural Centre

The auditorium at Macau Cultural Centre

The Darling nursery all set for the final show

The Darling nursery all set for the final show

Loads of room backstage, the pirate ship can be laid our flat

Loads of room backstage, the pirate ship can be laid our flat

Ash putting his priate belly to good use as an iPhone stand!

Ash putting his priate belly to good use as an iPhone stand!

Sunday, home time!

We left at 9.30am from the Grand Lapa, which we have all enjoyed calling home for the last five days. We are off to all four corners of the globe as we also start our summer break today: Japan, Australia, Brazil, New Zealand and so on.

I have really enjoyed this overseas summer tour and would like to take this opportunity to thank all our fab techies, our great physio, Adam, who goes out of his way to make sure all of us are fit, well and happy. The ballet staff, music staff, wardrobe and Doll. But also my fellow dancers who I am always honoured to share a stage with. Every department has pulled together as only NBT can and have really pulled off eight wonderful shows to be proud of

I asked around and highlights of this tour have been the pool (!), the amazing audiences in HK and Macau, spending time together, all touring departments, the Cirque [de Soleil] show and getting to dance aboard. It has been a long season from August last year to now. We started with Dracula and have ended with Peter Pan. We had a crazy busy but awesome Christmas season with the Alumni Christmas Carol and the highlight that was the Gala. I feel privileged to do this job and I am well aware I couldn’t do it if NBT didn’t have the support of all our friends and audiences. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

First things we will be doing when we get home, having a cup of tea! Being reunited with family and pets who include Kitri and Basilio the Yorkshire Terriers in France and Coco the Boxer in Italy. I am off to Koh Samui, and then back to Yorkshire to rescue my garden! Till next time, it’s good bye to HK and Macau and hello holidays!!!

Good bye from all of us and see you in September! (Vicky, Christie and Micky)

Good bye from all of us and see you in September! (Vicky, Christie and Micky)

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A Dancer in Macau

July 16, 2010 at 2:35 pm (Artist's News, Dancers, dancers' diaries, Hong Kong & Macau 2010, Overseas Tour) (, , , , , )

Following on from her journal about Hong Kong, Hannah tells is about taking Peter Pan to Macau…

Monday: on to Macau

At 11.45 we met at the foyer of the YMCA Hong Kong for a 12.00 on-the-dot leave to the ferry terminal. We put our cases into what looked like a Chinese bin lorry and then onto an air conditioned coach. Not too far to drive and everyone is double checking they have everything they need and are all organised. We were all hoping for a quick, smooth journey over to Macua, as the sooner we got there, the sooner we could start the ‘day off’. A bizarre check-in period: we were ushered in groups of ten from one official to another until we got to the seating area and were abruptly told to, ‘sit, wait’! It was slightly painful as we loaded all 60 plus of us into a lift, 5 at a time, to the ferry terminal area but we got to the boarding area eventually!

WAITING, things happen slowly in China and you just have to give in to it !

WAITING, things happen slowly in China and you just have to give in to it !

A few of us have slightly delicate stomachs but travel sickness tablets are very reliable and we have travel bands on too. All ready for the 60 min crossing to Macau, or Mini Vegas as it is nicknamed.

All seated and ready for (fingers crossed) a smooth ferry ride, on the TurboJet

All seated and ready for (fingers crossed) a smooth ferry ride, on the TurboJet

Giuliano & Yoshi

Giuliano & Yoshi

So our 1hr 30min journey turned into a 5hr journey door-to-door. By the time we got to our rooms we were all feeling a bit sorry for ourselves, very hot and uncomfortable. Time for a shower to cool off and calm down. So as we waited for our luggage to arrive at to our hotel rooms we went to explore the hotel and all was forgiven when we found this…

The Pool!

The Pool!

We raced back to our rooms. Yippee! A tropical pool !!! Gleeful smiles on all our faces and the journey was forgotten!

Yoshi prepares for the pool

Yoshi prepares for the pool

A very kind man named Victor, one of the wonderful staff at the Grand Lapa, helped a few of us book tickets and travel to the Venetian over on Taipei to see Zaia a Cirque du Soliel. It started at 8pm and we left our hotel and pool at 7pm. There are free shuttle services between most of the main casino’s 24hr a day, yet more evidence of just how much money the casinos actually make. The show was out of this world as Cirque shows always are. Just think of what ballet could do with half a cirque budget! Oh to dream. On Monday night we all slept very well indeed!

Orchids in the foyer at the Grand Lapa, makes mine at home look pretty sad!

Orchids in the foyer at the Grand Lapa, makes mine at home look pretty sad!

Ready for the Cirque du Soleil show

Ready for the Cirque du Soleil show

Grand canal inside the Ventian Resort and Hotel

Grand canal inside the Ventian Resort and Hotel

Tuesday: our long-awaited day off

Most of us took advantage of a lie in and just made it for breakfast, which had something to suit all of our many nationalities. Then straight back to the pool for us all. The techies didn’t start till 2pm assuming their containers arrived on time.

The atmosphere at the pool was great. There were hardly any other guests and NBT had taken over in the best possible way. We all got to spend some quality time together and after five excellent shows in Hong Kong we felt like we deserved some time out. As dancers seem to always do, there was a lot of practicing of lifts in the water, a great place to practice with the only worry being water up the nose!

Ash, John and David were practicing propelling Thomas into the air to see how far they could throw him to allow him enough time to do multiple somersaults! The techies helped out too and also scored the highest out of 10 for their efforts. We all started to have ago on this kind of human trampoline. My first attempt was rubbish as was attempt #2. Determined not to be the worst one I gave it one last shot. Apparently it was a very, very good somersault but I was somewhat distracted with a slight wardrobe malfunction! Let’s just say a bikini isn’t the best attire to somersault in! I did get 10 out of 10, even if the crowd had gotten more than they bargained for! Good job we are all good friends!!

NBT Girls 'work it' at the pool, sorry all those left at West Park!

NBT Girls 'work it' at the pool, sorry all those left at West Park! (We'll get you back - Ed)

All at the pool side

All at the pool side

Yoshi prepares for Swan Lake in September!

Yoshi prepares for Swan Lake in September!

At 1.30pm David, Kenny and Micky had to drag themselves away to a press conference. This was a great experience for the Peter, Hook and Tink. All the Macau media were there and it was televised in mainland China, and Macau in English, Chinese, Mandarin and Portuguese! It lasted well over an hour and after the three of them where all talked out!

In the afternoon we took a slow walk in the heat around the MGM Grand and theatre. Some went to see Usher performing at the Ventian. Early to bed for me though, Mr. Nixon for class tomorrow morning!

The Theatre, Macau Cultural Centre

The Theatre, Macau Cultural Centre

Poster outside the Theatre, this is also the stage door

Poster outside the Theatre, this is also the stage door

Wednesday: Just class today

Mr Nixon for class at 10 till 11.30 today and then the rest of the day off. Full day for our techies and the local crew. They are finding the heat insufferable, I can’t imagine how horrid it must be to load in a show in humidity, I find it hard enough to pull my own body around let alone a load of set and lights, stage-weights etc.

Class with Mr Nixon was awesome, really got us stretched out and ready. He can be very inspiring as can Yoko. It’s great to always be encouraged to improve and hone our technique rather than just go through the motions of class.

The theatre seems great: large and very clean. They don’t quite have the individualism of our theatres back home but they do the job very well. More of a look around in the afternoon, and I treat myself to a Thai massage, heaven indeed! Salsa night at the MGM Lion bar, you don’t have to ask dancers to do this more than once. Then off to bed, not too late, tech tomorrow.

This was a gift from Mainland China to Macau

This was a gift from Mainland China to Macau

The MGM Lion

The MGM Lion

View over to Taipei

View over to Taipei

Thursday: Class and a Tech

Class at 1.30, so time for a morning swim. Then class with Yoko, excellent. David felt like we had all been doing really well and there was no need for a separate flying rehearsal, so thank you all the Peter’s and Darling children! We moved on through the day and completed the tech by 5.50pm. We all got to finish early and had the evening off. Lots of people took advantage of the free Wifi at the theatre and sent messages home.

Three shows to go. We stopped of at the Sofitel Hotel as they had a really good Micheal Jackson exhibition on and then off to bed. It’s business as usual tomorrow: technical rehearsal with the Macau orchestra and then our first show in Macau.

By the way today we were issued with a level 1 typhoon warning! Umm … should I be worried?

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A Dancer in Hong Kong

July 12, 2010 at 11:36 am (Artist's News, Dancers, dancers' diaries, Hong Kong & Macau 2010, Overseas Tour) (, , , , , )

First Soloist, Hannah Bateman, tells us about the tour to Hong Kong from a dancer’s perspective…

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So off to Hong Kong we go!

We’ve never finished a touring season abroad, when we have done overseas tours before they have been at the beginning of a season. So after a touring stretch from February till now with a total of six ballets within that time, we were all feeling the end of season blues but the excitement of a trip abroad filled us with some much needed energy.

I chose to do a mad dash drive down to my sister’s house on Monday night after a final run through at West Park in the day as my stomach prefers not to travel by coach! But the rest of the Company headed off, guide books in hand, at 12 noon on Tuesday. It was going to be a long journey as the arrival time meant we were due in to Hong Kong on Wednesday at 15.30. I met my fellow travellers at Heathrow at about 16.45 and so it really began.

I hate group check-ins, but they are a big part of the experience so you just have to sit back and relinquish control (not a strong point of mine!) After check in, the big wait and for me especially the big temptation! I really don’t need any more perfume, make-up, etc just because it is discounted, stay away. This time however I was really pushed to my limit as there is a Mulberry shop at terminal 3, lucky my credit card is wrapped in cling film. It really is just for emergencies!!!

Kenneth & Yoshihsa diligently guarding the bags

Kenneth & Yoshihsa diligently guarding the bags

Time flies in Terminal 3

Time flies in Terminal 3

The newlyweds, Mr & Mrs Goldsmith

The newlyweds, Mr & Mrs Goldsmith

Julie, Michela, Jeremy, Sebastian and Yoshihisa

Julie, Michela, Jeremy, Sebastian and Yoshihisa

We arrived in good time and even though the flight was very long and uncomfortable you are restored with a temporary burst of enthusiasm as you ride from the airport to the hotel.

Welcome to Hong Kong

Welcome to Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a strange metropolitan jungle, a mix of Japan and New York on the sea front. It is so over-developed, perhaps we were never meant to adopt this island as a business hub but somehow someone has squished a load of high-rise everything on to it.

Hong Kong land reclamation and development

Hong Kong land reclamation and development

A quick story from the plane

The main aim of a long haul flight is to try and stop the swelling! I have had long haul flights before where my feet have swollen so much that I cannot get my pointe shoes on the next day, so every dancer adopts their own way of handling this. Kenny purchased some rather flashy state of the art tights by Skins, compression wear and this worked out really well for him, I had flight socks (I won’t bother next time!) Some drink loads of water before the flight and take Paracetamol. Georgina was determined to find somewhere to lie down, good luck to her I thought! Well, half way through the flight, it was like everyone everywhere was asleep and as I looked around with green envy I realised Georgina wasn’t in her seat. Great, I thought, I can go and find her and we can trade magazines as planned and have a chat and a cup of tea by the fire exit. I looked around the plane three times! She was nowhere to be seen. I had horrid thoughts of her being stolen like in ‘Flight Plan’.

Where was she? Lori, who she was sat on Georgina’s row was squished on her seat, the third of their line was fast asleep in a labour-like pose. One leg resting on the back of the seat and the other resting on the food trays! As Lori woke I dashed to her and in a frantic whisper asked, “Have you seen Georgie? I can’t find her anywhere!”

At that exact moment a head popped up between the food trays and Ben’s right leg and a sleepy voice said, “that was great a got 3 good hours sleep.” Georgina had slipped under the trays and the three chairs and had made herself a pretty good make shift bed with plane blanket and pillow. Swelling averted! Well done Georgie!

We attempted to stay awake for as long as possible on Wednesday to get on Hong Kong time so we all went off to explore our new city and most were in bed by 10pm.

Thursday

Our first day in the theatre, a morning of sight-seeing, late class at 17.30 and the first tech.

The humidity is a killer; we drank loads of water and walked very slowly. Note to self, don’t bother moisturising in the morning as you just end up sweating it out and, quite frankly, it becomes a waste of money (there are air conditioned walk-ways but we haven’t found them yet!)

We looked around a couple of shopping centres, the Botanical Gardens, Zoo and we managed to stop for lunch inside the IFC building at Pret-A-Manger of all places.

Jeremy, Thomas and Kenneth relaxing in the Gardens

Jeremy, Thomas and Kenneth relaxing in the Gardens

Ashley in his Temple on Hong Kong island

Ashley in his Temple on Hong Kong island

High-rise in Hong Kong

High-rise in Hong Kong

By the time we made it up the steep winding hill to the Gardens we were greeted by a small shop where we quickly purchased water and Christie & I purchased a very natty fan each! We wanted to get out there and see what Hong Kong has to offer, but I was still feeling the effects of the flight and the thought of class and a tech is in the back of my mind.

Dance Class in the theatre

Warming down & stretching after a humid class

Class was with Dan, and he was very kind to us as we slowly worked out all our lumps and bumps. The tech was with Ayana and Jeremy’s cast and went very smoothly indeed. The crew here seem to be fab and with our great crew, they all make a very slick team.

The theatre is huge and very well kept. Georgina and I have a lovely dressing room together and had a chuckle over the fact that on every light switch and door handle it tells you, in a laminated sticker, just how many times a day it has and will be disinfected. Good to know!!!

Found a great place for a quick dinner after the tech and then to bed, still not quite on Hong Kong time.

View from TST (Tsim Sha Tsui), a major Hong Kong tourist hub by the theatre

View from TST (Tsim Sha Tsui), a major Hong Kong tourist hub by the theatre

View of the harbour from TST

View of the harbour from TST

Another vire of the harbour from TST by the theatre

Another vire of the harbour from TST by the theatre

Crossing the Hong Kong harbour

Crossing the Hong Kong harbour

Friday, seems like a regular day on tour. The Boss (Mr Nixon) and Yoko joined us today, it is always great to have them with us; the team is complete!

I had a look round the Cultural Centre and the hype for the show is great; the shows are nearly 100% sold and we are headlining the festival out here so fingers crossed we can impress the Hong Kong audience. A good tech and a good first show, a couple of bumps in places, but nothing the audience would notice (I hope).

Pippa and David lead the Company and I must say I always watch the first time Wendy flys, it’s magical. I sneaked a look at the audience through a gap in the wing and the first row was nearly all little children, every one of their beautiful faces lit up with excitement. They really love this show wherever we take it in the world.

Our techie’s really are fab, as are the Hong Kong crew, it’s all going rather well and audience response was great especially when asked, “Do you believe in fairies?” Well I am glad to report the people of Hong Kong certainly do!

Hong Kong Ballet banners

Hong Kong Ballet banners

The exhibition banners telling the story of Peter Pan

The exhibition banners telling the story of Peter Pan

Welcome to the Land of Dreams at the Cultural Centre

Welcome to the Land of Dreams at the Cultural Centre

Pride of place, the Peter Pan banner in the Cultural Centre

Pride of place, the Peter Pan banner in the Cultural Centre

Saturday, double-show day.

15.30 and 19.30. Emergency rehearsal today for Ben as he is on today for Peter in place of Jeremy as he is really very unwell. (First time to China, it has happened to us all.) Jeremy’s Dad lives in Hong Kong so he is able to take care of him, which is just what you need when you are so far from home.

Get well soon Jez!

Ben did really well as did Ayana, who’s parents came over from Japan to see her dance.

David and Pippa again in the evening and another great and very smooth show, apparent from a rebellious young boy who shouted “NOOOOOOOO!” to the famous do you believe question – much to the audience’s hilarity. David handled it very well and Tinkerbell made a full recovery!

After the show straight back to the hotel for a movie and then bed. Boring but needed, mind you today I felt myself again, definitely fully on Hong Kong time now!

Sunday, double duty again!

11.30 and 15.30 shows this time. Wow, did it feel early to be in for class at 9.30. Oh well on with the show. The buzz of the audience was excellent all day and well worth the early morning wake up call.

This is mainly a festival for families and outside the theatre there have been mini-shows by local children on an open air stage, so passers-by can grab a seat and be entertained in the Hong Kong heat.

In between the shows and from my window near the dressing rooms I have seen some Chinese opera, ballroom and Latin American dancing kids, sing-a-long sessions with a very enthusiastic young Asian man and also a homage to Michael Jackson and some bizarre hip hop. All very good fun and totally entertaining from my air conditioned viewing gallery!

After the shows were done I got to catch up with my cousin who lives and works in Hong Kong and we took in the sights from the peak! This is where you get a fantastic view over Hong Kong Island and you can shop yet more in the centre perched on the top of this huge peak. We had a lovely dinner and a slightly uncomfortable journey back down the twisty alp-like road to the bottom.

Star Ferry trip across the harbour

Star Ferry trip across the harbour

Beautiful skies over Hong Kong

Beautiful skies over Hong Kong

The star ferry back to TST and then very much time for bed. Packing in the morning and then off to Macau for us all!

There's no place like home...

There's no place like home...

It's Bruce Tindall! Or Kenneth Lee?

It's Bruce Tindall! Or Kenneth Lee?

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Congratulations Darren and Victoria…

July 8, 2010 at 8:40 am (Artist's News, General Information) (, , )

Some pictures from the happy couple’s day…

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Peter Pan – Norwich Cast

April 27, 2010 at 3:33 pm (Casts, General Information) (, , , , , )

Ashley Dixon as Peter Pan - photo by Alistair Muir

Ashley Dixon as Peter Pan

Buy tickets for Peter Pan from Norwich Theatre Royal.

Norwich Theatre Royal Box Office: 01603 630000

Information & Photos of Northern Ballet Theatre’s production of Peter Pan.

Information on further events at the theatre, touch tours, audio described performances and workshops.

Please note, casts are subject to change without notice.

Tuesday, 27 April

Evening, 7.30pm

Wednesday, 28 April

Evening, 7.30pm

Thursday, 29 April

Matinee, 2.30pm

Evening, 7.30pm

Friday, 30 April

Evening, 7.30pm

Saturday, 1 May

Matinee, 2.30pm

Evening, 7.30pm

Buy tickets for Peter Pan from Norwich Theatre Royal.

Norwich Theatre Royal Box Office: 01603 300000

Information & Photos of Northern Ballet Theatre’s production of Peter Pan.

Information on further events at the theatre, touch tours, audio described performances and workshops.

Please note, casts are subject to change without notice.

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Peter Pan – Milton Keynes Cast

April 22, 2010 at 9:57 am (Casts) (, , , , , , , )

Ashley Dixon as Peter Pan - photo by Alistair Muir

Ashley Dixon as Peter Pan

Buy tickets for Peter Pan from Milton Keynes Theatre.

Milton Keynes Theatre Box Office: 08712975454

Information & Photos of Northern Ballet Theatre’s production of Peter Pan.

Information on further events at the theatre, touch tours, audio described performances and workshops.

Please note, casts are subject to change without notice.

Tuesday, 20 April

Evening, 7.30pm

Wednesday, 21 April

Evening, 7.30pm

Thursday, 15 April

Matinee, 2.30pm

Evening, 7.30pm

Other performance casts will be added as they become available.

Buy tickets for Peter Pan from Milton Keynes Theatre.

Milton Keynes Theatre Box Office: 0871 297 5454

Information & Photos of Northern Ballet Theatre’s production of Peter Pan.

Information on further events at the theatre, touch tours, audio described performances and workshops.

Please note, casts are subject to change without notice.

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Peter Pan – Nottingham Cast

April 13, 2010 at 1:35 pm (Casts) (, , , , , , , , )

Ashley Dixon as Peter Pan - photo by Alistair Muir

Ashley Dixon as Peter Pan

Buy tickets for Peter Pan from Theatre Royal Nottingham.

Nottingham Theatre Royal Box Office: 0115 989 5555

Information & Photos of Northern Ballet Theatre’s production of Peter Pan.

Information on further events at the theatre, touch tours, audio described performances and workshops.

Please note, casts are subject to change without notice.

Tuesday, 13 April

Evening, 7.30pm

Wednesday, 14 April

Evening, 7.30pm

Thursday, 15 April

Matinee, 2.00pm

Evening, 7.30pm

Friday, 16 April

Evening, 6.00pm

Saturday, 17 April

Matinee, 2.30pm (Audio Described)

Evening, 7.30pm

    Buy tickets for Peter Pan from Nottingham Theatre Royal.

    Nottingham Theatre Royal Box Office: 0115 989 5555

    Information & Photos of Northern Ballet Theatre’s production of Peter Pan.

    Information on further events at the theatre, touch tours, audio described performances and workshops.

    Please note, casts are subject to change without notice.

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    Peter Pan – Woking Cast

    March 24, 2010 at 9:51 am (Casts) (, , )

    Ashley Dixon as Peter Pan - photo by Alistair Muir

    Ashley Dixon as Peter Pan

    Buy tickets for Peter Pan from Woking New Victoria Theatre.

    Woking New Victoria Theatre Box Office: 0844 871 7645

    Information & Photos of Northern Ballet Theatre’s production of Peter Pan.

    Information on further events at the theatre, touch tours, audio described performances and workshops.

    Please note, casts are subject to change without notice.

    Tuesday, 23 March

    Evening, 7.30pm

    Wednesday, 24 March

    Evening, 7.30pm

    Thursday, 25 March

    Matinee, 2.30pm

    Evening, 7.30pm

    Friday, 26 March

    Evening, 7.30pm

    Saturday, 27 March

    Matinee, 2.30pm

    Evening, 7.30pm

    Buy tickets for Peter Pan from Woking New Victoria Theatre.

    Woking New Victoria Theatre Box Office: 0844 871 7645

    Information & Photos of Northern Ballet Theatre’s production of Peter Pan.

    Information on further events at the theatre, touch tours, audio described performances and workshops.

    Please note, casts are subject to change without notice.

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    Wuthering Heights, Sheffield Cast

    March 17, 2010 at 10:03 am (Casts) (, , , , )

    Photo: Merlin Hendy

    Wuthering Heights is at Sheffield Lyceum Theatre from Tuesday 16 till Saturday 20 March.

    Box office: 0114 249 6000 or book online.

    Casts are, as always, subject to change…

    Tuesday 16 March

    Evening, 7.30pm

    Wednesday 17 March

    Evening, 7.30pm

    Thursday 18 March

    Matinee, 2.30pm

    Evening, 7.30pm

    Friday 19 March

    Evening, 7.30pm

    Saturday 20 March

    Matinee, 2.30pm

    Evening, 7.30pm

    Wuthering Heights is at Sheffield Lyceum Theatre from Tuesday 16 till Saturday 20 March.

    Box office: 0114 249 6000 or book online.

    Casts are, as always, subject to change…

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    Wuthering Heights – Edinburgh Casting

    March 11, 2010 at 12:51 pm (Casts) (, , , , )

    Photo: Merlin Hendy

    Wuthering Heights is at Edinburgh Festival Theatre from Thursday 11 till Saturday 13 March.

    Box office: 0131 529 6000 or book online.

    Casts are, as always, subject to change…

    Thursday 11 March

    Evening, 7.30pm

    Friday 12 March

    Evening, 7.30pm

    Saturday 13 March

    Matinee, 2.30pm

    Evening, 7.30pm

    Casts are, as always, subject to change…

    Wuthering Heights is at Edinburgh Festival Theatre from Thursday 11 till Saturday 13 March.

    Box office: 0131 529 6000 or book online.

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    Good Luck Ginnie!

    March 8, 2010 at 10:56 am (Artist's News, General Information) (, )

    Ginnie Ray and Chiaki Nagao as Nurse and Juliet in Romeo & Juliet

    Ginnie Ray as the Nurse with Chiaki Nagao as Juliet. Photo: Merlin Hendy

    Ginnie Ray

    Ginnie Ray

    Saturday evening saw Ginnie Ray’s final performance for the company as she retires to become a full time mum. Family and friends were in the audience for her farewell performance as the nurse in Romeo & Juliet.

    We wish Ginnie and her family all the best for the future…

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    Romeo & Juliet at momentum

    March 3, 2010 at 9:22 am (Artist's News, momentum) (, , , , )

    On Monday 3 March we paid a visit to the momentum site with Pippa Moore and David Ward in the guise of Romeo & Juliet.

    We asked Pippa about the photoshoot and about the new building, as well as talking with Bernard Atha, Northern Ballet Theatre Chair, about the long held dreams for a Northern Ballet Theatre home…

    Watch this video on Youtube.

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    Romeo & Juliet Cast Sheet for Leeds Grand Theatre

    February 26, 2010 at 10:14 am (Casts) (, , , , , , )

    Montagues; Capulets; a Ball; the balcony; fights; death; unrestrained passion; an all-consuming love; the ultimate tragedy.

    Northern Ballet Theatre’s classic adaptation of Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy returns to the stage. Passionate and dramatic, this is ballet at its most intense.

    Sets and costumes designed by the award winning Lez Brotherston, stunning dancing and Prokofiev’s timeless score make Northern Ballet Theatre’s critically acclaimed Romeo & Juliet an unforgettable theatrical experience.

    Romeo & Juliet at Leeds Grand Theatre

    For never was a story of more woe Than this of Juliet and her Romeo.

    Book tickets from Leeds Grand Theatre. Or call the box office: 0844 848 2702

    Casts are subject to change…

    Saturday 27 February, Matinée

    Saturday 27 February, Evening

    Monday 1 February, Evening

    Tuesday 2 March, Evening

    Wednesday 3 March, Evening

    Thursday 4 March, Matinée

    Thursday 4 March, Evening

    Friday 5 March, Evening

    Saturday 6 March, Matinée

    Saturday 6 March, Evening

    Casts are subject to change…

    Book tickets from Leeds Grand Theatre. Or call the box office: 0844 848 2702

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    ‘As Time Goes By’ Casting, Leeds Grand Theatre

    February 23, 2010 at 4:33 pm (Artist's News, Casts) (, , , , , , )

    As Time Goes By is an opportunity to see the company perform a rich variety of work by an array of talented choreographers. All music is played live by the Nothern Ballet Theatre Orchestra.

    All roles for the evening including Powerhouse Rhumba, Glass Canon & Angels in the Architecture are performed by Northern Ballet Theatre dancers.

    To book tickets please contact Leeds Grand Theatre on 0844 848 2701

    For more information on As Time Goes By visit our website.

    Please be aware that the cast can change at any time without notice…

    Tuesday 23 February

    Don Quixote

    Ossein

    As Time Goes By

    Wednesday 24 February

    Don Quixote

    Ossein

    As Time Goes By

    Thursday 25 February (Matinee)

    Don Quixote

    Ossein

    As Time Goes By

    Thursday 25 February (Evening)

    Don Quixote

    Ossein

    As Time Goes By

    Please be aware that the cast can change at any time without notice…

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    Loving Leeds…

    February 22, 2010 at 10:15 am (Artist's News, General Information, Interviews, Podcasts) (, , , , )

    In this latest podcast Northern Ballet Theatre dancers tell us what the love most about Leeds…


    (right click here to download the mp3 file.)

    Michela Paolacci & Hiro Takahashi in Leeds City Centre

    Michela Paolacci & Hiro Takahashi in Leeds City Centre, Photo: Ryan Hopkinson

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    Christopher Hinton-Lewis on Moving On

    February 12, 2010 at 2:19 pm (Artist's News, Interviews) (, , )

    In this podcast Christopher Hinton-Lewis talks about leaving Northern Ballet Theatre after 10 years and his dreams for the future…

    Click to download this Northern Ballet Theatre podcast…

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    Valentine’s Day Interview with Lori and David

    February 12, 2010 at 1:11 pm (Artist's News, Interviews) (, , , , )

    Northern Ballet Theatre dancers Lori Gilcrist and David Ward have been dating for over four years – in this interview they reveal all about each other…

    Where did you meet your Valentine?

    David: We obviously met in the company! We had our first date in a night club and then we started dating on and off for a while. But we have been together five years.

    What is your Valentine’s finest quality?

    Lori: hmmmmm I don’t actually know!

    David: Well I don’t know you’re supposed to answer for me!

    Lori: He’s caring, defiantly caring and kind.

    David: Her finest quality is that she loves animals.

    What is your Valentines worst habit?

    David: That I never do the washing up or clean?

    Lori: Definitely, definitely!

    David: We take it in turns so if I make dinner she can wash up…

    Lori: But if I make dinner I wash up!

    What would be your Valentine’s dream holiday?

    David: Any holiday!

    Lori: That’s true…

    David: Lori is addicted to holidays so as far away and as long as possible! We are hoping to go to Bali after the tour to China for 10 days to two weeks. So that’s our next dream holiday!

    Which ballet couple best describes your relationship and why?

    Lori: Maybe Lysander and Hermia

    David: Yea… I prefer Demetrius and Hermia it’s a bit more fun, a bit younger!

    What would your Valentine eat is it were their last meal on earth?

    Lori: Rice and peas and chicken!

    David: Probably Sunday Roast.

    Who is more romantic?

    Lori: David, definitely

    David: For sure!

    Who has the better sense of humour?

    Lori: David!

    David: For sure!

    Who is more likely to deal with a spider?

    Lori: Me!

    David: I hate spiders!

    Lori: He could cry…

    Who is more of a gambler in every day life?

    Lori: I’d say we’re quite equal.

    David: Yeah we are quite equal, we don’t like to plan too much, take everyday as it comes so that’s a bit of a gamble I guess.

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    Valentine’s Interview with Michela and John

    February 12, 2010 at 12:52 pm (Artist's News, Interviews) (, , , , , )

    Northern Ballet Theatre dancers Michela Paolacci & John Hull have been going out together for over eight years. Here they reveal their Valentine’s secrets…

    Where did you meet your Valentine?

    Michela: I met John at English National Ballet School where I joined in the graduate year. I was only there for a year and he had already been there for two and we were lucky enough to get the NBT job together.

    What is your Valentine’s finest quality?

    John: Just everything about her is perfect. There’s nothing in particular, just everything.

    What is your Valentine’s worst habit?

    Michela: I would have to say probably keeping things inside until the last minute and then having them blow up into a massive volcano! Because I’m quite an open person and so the two of us are quite opposite and that’s probably a trait that is his worst quality for me because I like to get things out in the open right away, discuss them and sort them out.

    What would be your Valentine’s dream holiday?

    John: To go to Venice for a long weekend. Ride around in the gondolas looking at all the museums and the churches and all the art. Have a nice relaxing weekend.

    What do you wish you knew about your Valentine?

    Michela: I think I know everything about John. I’d like to maybe know a little bit more about his childhood or his past because he is Australian and he has lots of friends there. I have never really had the chance to go there and spend some time with them and realise what it’s like to live there. I think I pretty much know every single thing, good and bad!

    Which ballet couple best describes your relationship and why?

    Michela: Mr and Mrs Fezziwig (Laughs)

    John: That’s probably pretty correct actually!

    Michela: Apart from I don’t drink so I would be Mrs Fezziwig minus the drink and John would be Mr Fezziwig perfectly.
    Other than that, probably also Cathy and Healthcliff because there is also a lot of outwards passion…

    What would your Valentine eat if it were their last meal on earth?

    Michela: That’s easy! John would probably choose an Aussie Burger with the full work. But anything basically with cheese and bacon on it and VB Beer.

    Who is more romantic?

    John: I don’t know who do you think?

    Michela: I think it’s probably about the same. John’s really romantic much more romantic than he seems in the sense that he is a real flowers and chocolates type of guy so I think probably you, in that sense.

    Who has the better sense of humour?

    John: We both do, it just different! I recon yours is probably a better sense of humour.

    Michela: I’m not sure, we both make each other laugh a lot, which is good. We laugh tons!

    John: You laugh by yourself sometimes…

    Michela: Yea I do, I make myself chuckle. I’m not sure; I’d say probably me! (Laughs).

    Who is more likely to deal with a spider?

    Michela: Definitely John, I have a phobia of spiders!

    John: Definitely me!

    Who is more of a gambler?

    John: That’s me.

    Michela: You?

    John: You don’t even know how to gamble!

    Michela: Definitely, John! I have never gambled in my life.

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    Cupcakes & Conversation

    January 26, 2010 at 2:10 pm (Artist's News, General Information)

    In an interview with blog, Ballet News, Hannah Bateman tells all about life as a dancer on and off-stage.

    Read the interview with Hannah.

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    This Life: David Nixon

    January 8, 2010 at 9:33 am (Artist's News) (, )

    Artistic Director David Nixon

    Northern Ballet Theatre Artistic Director, David Nixon

    Yorkshire Evening Post have published a fantastic article on Northern Ballet Theatre’s Artistic Director, David Nixon.

    Read all about David’s upbringing, life, loves and more at the YEP website…

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    Got To Dance!

    January 5, 2010 at 12:30 pm (Academy, Artist's News, Classical Training, Northern Ballet Theatre Academy) (, , , , , )

    Television seems to be going dance crazy this year. As well as the BBC programme So You Think You Can Dance featuring former NBT associate Robbie White, Sky 1 has also launched its own dance talent show.

    Got to Dance premiered on Sky 1 on Sunday night and the star of the show was current Northern Ballet Theatre Senior Associate Matthew Koon.

    Presented by Divina McCall  Got To Dance looks to discover the country’s most talented dance floor divas. The auditionees are put through their paces by an outspoken panel of judges: West End star and movie actor Adam Garcia, Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt and Ashley Banjo, lead dancer and choreographer of street dance crew Diversity.

    Matthew definitely caught their eye on Sunday night and received a standing ovation for his solo. Adam Garcia told the audience that they had just seen “a world class dancer” and Ashley Banjo added that “The bar has been set… by a 15 year old”.

    Matthew has been training on the associate programme for 2 years. He lives in Manchester and comes to NBT for classes in ballet and contemporary every Saturday.

    The finalists for the programme have not yet been decided but we have all our fingers and toes crossed for Matthew. He is a huge talent and definitely one to watch. Get ready to vote!!

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    So You Think You Can Dance?

    January 4, 2010 at 4:24 pm (Artist's News, Classical Training, Northern Ballet Theatre Academy) (, , , )

    So you think you can dance!

    Congratulations to Robbie White, ex-NBT Associate, who has secured a place as one of the final 14 contestants on BBC’s new dance competition So You Think You Can Dance.

    In the search for Britain’s favourite dancer, judges Arlene Philips and Nigel Lythgoe will assess the contestants’ ability to master different dance styles including hip hop, jazz, Broadway, lyrical and contemporary with new routines taught by different choreographers and mentors.

    Viewers have the ultimate power to vote and keep their favourite dancer in the running at the end of each live show. The first live show takes place on Saturday 9 January 2010.

    Robbie, who is 22 and from Manchester, trained as an NBT Associate during which time he was chosen to perform the role of the Young Heathcliff in David Nixon’s ballet Wuthering Heights with the Company.

    Read more about Robbie and So You Think You Can Dance on the show’s website or on his Facebook page.

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    Peter Pan Leeds Casting

    December 17, 2009 at 4:08 pm (Casts, General Information) (, , , )

    Updated (18 December)

    Buy tickets for Peter Pan from Leeds Grand Theatre.

    Leeds Grand Theatre Box Office:0844 848 2701

    Information & Photos of Northern Ballet Theatre’s production of Peter Pan.

    Information on further events at the theatre, touch tours, audio described performances and workshops.

    Please note, casts are subject to change without notice.

    Wednesday, 23 December

    Evening, 7.00pm

    Thursday, 24 December

    Matinée, 2.00pm

    Saturday, 26 December

    Evening, 7.00pm

    Sunday, 27 December

    Matinée, 4.00pm

    Older Dates…

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    Alumni Rehearsal #1

    December 4, 2009 at 2:47 pm (Artist's News, Events) (, , , , )

    Here are some candid shots from the Alumni rehearsal this morning at West Park…

  • The cast list for the Alumni performance
  • Alumni rehearsal photos #2
  • Alumni warm-up photos
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    A Christmas Carol Alumni Cast Sheet

    December 4, 2009 at 12:10 pm (Artist's News, Casts)

    We have some news on who will be performing in our Alumni performance of A Christmas Carol at Leeds Grand on Sat 5 December.

    Here’s the cast list, presented in no particular order*

    • Scrooge: Jeremy Kerridge
    • Bob Cratchit: William Walker
    • Ghost of Christmas Present: David Kierce
    • Beadle & Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come: Steven Wheeler
    • Mr Fezzywig: Matthew Hunt
    • Lover: Bendik Mildestveit
    • Tavern pas de deux: Simon Kidd & Lynsey Brown
    • Young Scrooge: Omar Gordon
    • Carol Singer & Christmas Parade: Benoit Burg
    • Nephew’s Wife: Viki Westall
    • Belle: Shannon Parker
    • Ghost of Christmas Past: Lorena Vidal
    • Sister: Keiko Amemori
    • Hags: Graciela Kaplan, Chiaki Nagao & Charlotte Talbot
    • Mother: Natalie Leftwich
    • Mrs Fezziwig: Fiona Wallis
    • Mrs Cratchit: Polly Benge

    All other parts will be dancedby the current Northern BalletTheatre Company.

    *Please note that the cast can change at any time up to the performance.

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    Alumni Warming Up…

    December 4, 2009 at 11:37 am (Artist's News) (, , , , )

    There’s an excited buzz in the air at West Park this morning. Alumni from the last 20 years have arrived to take class and then rehearse for tomorrow evening’s performance of A Christmas Carol at Leeds Grand Theatre.

    It’s amazing to see so many faces from the years in what is a packed studio for class this morning and there’s a great atmosphere as old friends are reunited and old movements remembered!

    Here are some photos to give you an idea! We’ll pop back later when rehearsals start and bring you some more photos.

    Update more photos:

  • Alumni rehearsal photos #2
  • Alumni rehearsal photos #1
  • Alumni Warming Up 01

    Alumni Warming Up 2

    Alumni Warming Up 3

    Alumni Warming Up 4

    Alumni Warming Up 5

    Alumni Warming Up 6

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    A Christmas Carol – Leeds Cast Sheet

    December 3, 2009 at 10:01 am (Casts) (, , , , , )

    Buy tickets for A Christmas Carol from Leeds Grand Theatre.

    Leeds Grand Theatre Box Office:0844 848 2701

    Information & Photos of Northern Ballet Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol.

    Information on further events at the theatre, touch tours, audio described performances and workshops.

    A Christmas Carol (Photo: Bill Cooper)

    A Christmas Carol (Photo: Bill Cooper)

    Please note, casts are subject to change without notice.

    Wednesday, 2 December

    Evening, 7.00pm

    Thursday, 3 December

    Matinée, 2.00pm

    Evening, 7.00pm

    Friday, 4 December

    Evening, 7.00pm

    Julie Christmas as the Ghost of Christmas Past and Darren Goldsmith as Scrooge in Northern Ballet Theatre's A Christmas Carol (Photo: Bill Cooper)

    Julie Charlet as the Ghost of Christmas Past and Darren Goldsmith as Scrooge in Northern Ballet Theatre's A Christmas Carol (Photo: Bill Cooper)

    Buy tickets for A Christmas Carol from Leeds Grand theatre.

    Leeds Grand Theatre Box Office: 0844 848 2701

    Information & Photos of Northern Ballet Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol.

    Information on further events at the theatre, touch tours, audio described performances and workshops.

    Please note, casts are subject to change without notice.

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    Male & Female Dancer Auditions

    December 2, 2009 at 3:37 pm (Artist's News, Auditions) (, , , , )

    Northern Ballet Theatre is the UK’s leading touring company giving over 160 performances each year in the UK and abroad. Our repertoire is a varied and imaginative mix of classic ballets and newly commissioned works.

    We are holding an audition in London on Sunday 24 January 2010 and are looking for the following dancers for our 2010/11 seasons:

    Male & Female Dancers

    You will need to be technically and physically strong,creative dancers.

    Please submit full CV by post (which must include height, weight, date of birth, nationality) and recent full-length classical dance photos and DVD if available to:

    David Nixon, Artistic Director, Northern Ballet Theatre, West Park Centre, Spen Lane, Leeds LS16 5BE

    Closing date for applications: Friday 15 January 2010

    Photo: Bill Cooper

    For further information on the Company go to: www.northernballettheatre.co.uk

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    40th Anniversary Gala Update

    November 24, 2009 at 4:03 pm (Artist's News, Events, Fundraising, momentum) (, , , , , , , , , , )

    Northern Ballet Theatre is pleased to announce the artists for its 40th Anniversary Gala on 12 December at the Grand Theatre, Leeds. Artists from across the UK and Europe will perform in Leeds for one night only in recognition of NBT’s achievements and in celebration of its 40th anniversary. The following artists will join NBT and the NBT Orchestra for this unique event:

    Eva Kolarova and Ramy Tadrous-Zaky from Ballet du Rhin will perform In the Mood For Love to music by Ludwig Van Beethoven.

    Nao Sakuma and Joseph Caley from Birmingham Royal Ballet will perform Spring, a pas de deux from The Seasons, with choreography by David Bintley and music by Giuseppe Verdi.

    English National Ballet’s Vadim Muntagirov and Shiori Kase will perform an extract from Le Corsaire.

    Noelani Pantastico and Asier Uriagereka from Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo will perform the Act 1 Balcony pas de deux from Romeo & Juliet choreographed by Jean-Christophe Maillot to music by Sergei Prokofiev.

    Phoenix Dance Theatre presents Fast Lane, Sharon Watson’s first choreographic work since becoming Artistic Director. Josh Wille, Azzurra Ardovini, Philip Sanger, Amanda Lewis and Judith Clijsters will perform to music by Peter S Jones.

    Rambert Dance Company presents an excerpt from A Linha Curva which made its UK première as part of the Sadler’s Wells spring season in May 2009. Estela Merlos, Robin Gladwin, Miguel Altunaga, Jonathan Goddard, Thomasin Gulgec and Eryck Brahmania will dance Itzik Galili’s choreography.

    The Royal Ballet’s Principal Dancers Leanne Benjamin and Edward Watson will perform Manon Act 1, Scene 2 (Bedroom pas de deux) with choreography by Kenneth Macmillan to music by Jules Massenet.

    Stuttgart Ballet’s First Soloists Sue Jin Kang and Filip Barankiewicz will perform the Taming of the Shrew (Kampf pas de deux, Act 1) to music by Kurt-Heinz Stolze after Domenico Scarlatti.

    Arman Grigoryan, Principal Dancer with the Zurich Ballet will also perform at the Gala.

    NBT presents two new works: On Such a Night choreographed especially for the Gala by Gillian Lynne to music by Stephen Sondheim; and Powerhouse Rhumba by NBT’s Artistic Director, David Nixon to music by Graham Koehne. NBT will also perform Ossein by Wayne McGregor, Associate Artist of the Royal Opera House and Artistic Director of Random Dance Company to music by JS Bach.

    Tickets for the Gala are priced £25 – £60 to include a complimentary glass of champagne and a programme. Two fundraising dinners will take place after the Gala with tickets priced £150-£200 to include a champagne reception, the performance and a three course meal. First Direct, Harvey Nichols and City Inn (Leeds) are supporting the Gala event.

    The 40th Anniversary Gala will raise funds for momentum, NBT’s capital campaign for a new purpose built headquarters in central Leeds with Phoenix Dance Theatre. The building is due for completion in August 2010.

    Please note, whilst these are confirmed artists, the above is not the running order for the evening.

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