Ballet on Briggate 2010

August 31, 2010 at 3:37 pm (Events, General Information, Learning & Access) (, , , , , , )

Hironao Takahashi & Michela Paolacci - Photo by Ryan Hopkinson

Hironao Takahashi & Michela Paolacci - Photo by Ryan Hopkinson

This Saturday we will be taking to the streets of Leeds with Ballet on Briggate – a chance to see Northern Ballet for free while you do your shopping! We will have a large stage outside Debenhams in the centre of Briggate where there will be performances by Northern Ballet dancers, Northern Ballet Academy and Phoenix Dance Theatre Academy students, prize giveaways, a chance to join in with some ballet moves and much more!

Dancing in the street - Photo: Jo Dean

Dancing in the street - Photo: Jo Dean

The dancers will be performing extracts from The Nutcracker and Swan Lake, and we will be encouraging the public to have a go themselves, with our ballet barre and energizer activities. There will be a chance to win free tickets for Northern Ballet performances, as well as discounts and vouchers for everyone who attends.

Northern Ballet Academy students

Northern Ballet Academy students - Photo: Ryan Hopkinson

There aren’t many opportunities to see your favourite ballet company for free, so pop along to Briggate between 12pm – 2pm on Saturday to join in all the action!

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Academy Classes Filling Up

August 2, 2010 at 1:17 pm (Academy, Classical Training, Northern Ballet Theatre Academy) (, , , )

Photo: Hannah Kirkpatrick

Photo: Hannah KirkpatrickWe now only have a few weeks left of enrolment for our classes for young children and places are filling up fast. Don’t miss out on this opportunity for your child to train with Northern Ballet Theatre in Leeds.

Classes range from mini movers (a parents and tots class) to classes for 16-year-olds.

The classes are a great way for children to make friends, stay active and learn more about music and dance as well as working alongside the professional dancers.

To find out more please visit the academy webpage or call to speak to Hannah or Faye in the Academy department: 00113 274 5355.

Photo: Hannah Kirkpatrick

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The DoC runs for momentum

April 20, 2010 at 3:31 pm (General Information) (, , , , , , , )

Northern Ballet Theatre‘s Director of Communications, Laraine Penson, is running for momentum, our capital fundraising campaign. Over two weekends in May Laraine will run over 23 miles in order to help NBT reach it’s final fundraising total for the new building which we are planning to move into in September.

On Sunday 2 May Laraine will run the Bluebell 10 – a 10.3 mile race including trails, tracks, minor roads and the beautiful bluebell woods in the heart of Yorkshire. Don’t be fooled by this desription, it also takes in Calderdale’s steepest hill and ends with a river crossing. The following weekend, Sunday 9 May, Laraine will run the Leeds half marathon, 13 miles around the scenic undulating landscape of Leeds. If you would like to support NBT’s new building by sponsoring Laraine please visit http://www.justgiving.com/Laraine-Penson

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Where for art thou, Romeo?

February 1, 2010 at 3:04 pm (Events, General Information) (, , , , , , )

No need to bury your head beneath a pillow as Valentine’s Day approaches. Northern Ballet Theatre and Harvey Nichols Leeds have teamed up to create Where for art thou, Romeo?: a one-off evening of true romance, at Harvey Nichols’ Fourth Floor Restaurant on Monday 15 February at 7pm.

For all those dreading Valentine’s Day, this unique speed-dating event will give single men and women in Leeds a fun chance to forge new connections, with tickets to NBT’s production of Romeo & Juliet at Leeds Grand Theatre to be won.

Champagne and canapés on arrival, live music from members of the Northern Ballet Theatre Orchestra and an open bar at the end of the night will lend a relaxed and elegant atmosphere.

Places are limited.

To book or to find out more about this special event contact Ruth Burke-Kennedy (ruth.burke-kennedy@northernballettheatre.co.uk) on 0113 274 5355.

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Latest Images From Our New Building

January 29, 2010 at 10:30 am (Fundraising, General Information, momentum) (, , , , , , , )

Work is progressing apace on our new home in the heart of Leeds. During a site visit by members of our board, Mark Skipper and Judith Hartley we caught the progress on camera…

See more photos from the visit…

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Alumni Rehearsal #2

December 4, 2009 at 2:55 pm (General Information) (, , , , )

…And more photos from this afternoon’s alumni rehearsals…

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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 – 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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    Nottingham’s Favourite Ballet Company Delighted With Donations

    November 25, 2009 at 11:21 am (Fundraising, General Information) (, , , , , , , )

    Nottingham audiences at performances of Northern Ballet Theatre’s (NBT) A Christmas Carol proved that there were no Scrooges among them with their generous donations to momentum, NBT’s fundraising campaign for a purpose built home on Quarry Hill in central Leeds.

    Dancers in costume held collection buckets at the exit doors after performances throughout the week and a staggering £3,936.00 was donated. NBT is truly grateful for this support from its Nottingham audiences. The Company has been touring to Nottingham for the past 20 years and always receives a warm welcome at the Theatre Royal.

    The Company’s new building in Leeds will be a powerhouse for dance – the largest space for dance outside of London. Bringing together two of the UK’s leading dance companies, NBT and Phoenix Dance Theatre, it will be the only dance centre to house a national classical and a national contemporary dance company alongside each another. It will also be home to the NBT Academy and to Leeds Metropolitan’s new Dance Degree classes.

    Everyone at NBT would like to say thank you to everyone who gave so generously. The total amount received or pledged towards momentum now stands at £1,462,441.72 of our £1.5million target.

    NBT returns to the Theatre Royal in Nottingham from 13 to 17 May with its stunning production of Peter Pan a production that fascinates children and adults alike with its tale of Tinkerbell, the Lost Boys, pirates, fairy dust, crocodiles and of course Captain Hook.

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    Wayne McGregor Comes to Leeds

    November 23, 2009 at 3:54 pm (General Information) (, , , , , )

    Wayne McGregor comes to Leeds next week to rehearse Northern Ballet Theatre (NBT) dancers in his piece, Ossein, which the Company will perform as part of their NBT Gala on Saturday 12 December at Leeds Grand Theatre.

    Wayne is the Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet, the first in 13 years and the only one to come from contemporary dance. He is Artistic Director of Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, a Resident Company at Sadler’s Wells. He is also the government’s first Youth Dance Champion.

    He was last week awarded an International Theatre Institute Award for Excellence in International Dance.

    Ossein, is choreographed to music by JS Bach. This will be the first time one of McGregor’s works will be performed in Leeds.

    For further information contact NBT Media & PR Manager, Ruth Burke-Kennedy.

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    Northern Ballet Theatre at Leeds Light Night

    October 22, 2009 at 3:27 pm (Events, General Information) (, , , )

    Photo by Northern Ballet Theatre

    Photo by Northern Ballet Theatre

    On Friday 9 October staff from Northern Ballet Theatre and Phoenix Dance Theatre camped out in a tent on Millennium Square as part of Leeds’ fifth annual Light Night.

    After weeks of planning we were glad the date had arrived and we could show off our brand new interactive dance video. The video which was designed for complete dance beginners, with a step-by-step voice over, included a warm-up featuring NBT dancers, then you could choose to learn either Dance of the Knights from NBT’s Romeo & Juliet or Phoenix’s brand new piece Fastlane.

    Photo by Northern Ballet Theatre

    Photo by Northern Ballet Theatre

    The event was a huge success, even the rain helped a little as our tent provided the only shelter on Millennium Square, but we stayed busy all evening with people of all ages taking part.

    Photo by Northern Ballet Theatre

    Photo by Northern Ballet Theatre

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    NBT joins the Cultural Olympiad in Yorkshire

    October 22, 2009 at 9:41 am (Friends News, General Information) (, , , , , , , , , )

    NBT is delighted to announce that we are part of a second major Cultural Olympiad Yorkshire project.

    Northern Ballet Theatre, Opera North, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Yorkshire Dance, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Leeds Met Gallery and Studio Theatre, Situation Leeds, Leeds City Council and Leeds Art Gallery for Leeds Canvas

    Northern Ballet Theatre, Opera North, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Yorkshire Dance, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Leeds Met Gallery and Studio Theatre, Situation Leeds, Leeds City Council and Leeds Art Gallery for Leeds Canvas. (Photo: HANSON)

    Northern Ballet Theatre has joined forces with Opera North, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Yorkshire Dance, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Leeds Met Gallery and Studio Theatre, Situation Leeds, Leeds City Council and Leeds Art Gallery for Leeds Canvas. Leeds Canvas has been selected as the Yorkshire region winner of a £500,000 commission for Artists taking the lead, one of the major projects for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

    Internationally acclaimed filmmakers and artists the Quay Brothers will use the entire city as the ‘canvas’ for a series of art interventions and installations, building up to a spectacular one-off event centred around Leeds’ Dark Arches.

    Quay Brothers

    Quay Brothers

    Leeds Canvas is one of 12 commissions that will be realised across the UK over the next three years, each inspired by their location and celebrating the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

    David Nixon, Artistic Director of NBT said:

    “I am delighted that the proposal put together by the Leeds Creative Partnership team has been successful. This project has the possibility to transform Leeds and reach far beyond this city’s boundaries. Through collaboration our possibilities are magnified and our individual strengths personified and by inviting exceptional artists to work with us in Leeds we will create exceptional experiences and opportunities that we hope will have a lasting legacy. The 2012 Olympic games will be such a special time for the country and it will provide us with the opportunity to come together as one community and create some truly exciting work that touches many, many people.”

    This is the second Cultural Olympiad project NBT is part of. Last week we announced that we were leading the ‘Don’t Just Sit There’ project.

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    Ballet on Briggate

    September 7, 2009 at 11:08 am (Learning & Access, Northern Ballet Theatre Academy) (, , , , )

    Jo Dean of Northern Ballet Theatre tells us all about the great day in the heart of Leeds…

    Saturday morning at 8.30am it was pretty cold on Briggate as Litestructures pulled their vans up in front of Debenhams and started unloading the stage for our Ballet on Briggate event. We had a couple of hours in which to get the stage and banner, generator and sound system setup and to blow up hundreds of balloons so it was all hands to the deck.

    Preparing for the afternoon's performances and setting the stage.

    Preparing for the afternoon's performances and setting the stage.

    Admin staff from all departments, Friends of NBT and parents of the Academy students all helped to give out leaflets throughout the event, to hand out cake and to talk to the public about NBT. There was a real interest from the public about what we were doing and why we were performing in the centre of Leeds.

    Lots of information about Northern Ballet Theatre & Phoenix Dance as well as that essential ingredient, cake!

    Lots of information about Northern Ballet Theatre & Phoenix Dance as well as that essential ingredient, cake!

    Acting as runner for the event, my job was to make sure that the performers were ready to go on stage and that we kept on track with the schedule. I think this was probably the best job to have as all the running around to check on everyone kept me warm in the chilly breeze! The poor performers threw on all their warm clothes and coats the second they got off the stage. The Phoenix dancers in particular, with their bare feet, looked very cold.

    The audience however, seemed oblivious to the cold as some of them stood for the whole two hours watching the performances, eating cake and having a go at some moves on our ballet barre. I think some people were surprised to happen upon a ballet performance in the middle of Briggate while they were doing their shopping, but they were soon moving closer to the stage to get a better view.

    The whole event went very quickly and it was all too soon that we were packing up boxes of leaflets and taking down the banners. After all the fresh air and running around, I was exhausted but had really enjoyed meeting the public and talking to them about all the opportunities NBT could offer them.

    Professional dancers and Academy students put on a great show for an enthralled crowd.

    Professional dancers and Academy students put on a great show for an enthralled crowd.

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    Swan Lake Cast List – Leeds

    March 3, 2009 at 3:13 pm (Artist's News, Casts, General Information, Tour News) (, , , , )

    The Swans Dance - Photo: HANSON

    Please note: All casts are subject to change.

    Wednesday 4 March (Eve)

    Anthony –  Kenneth Tindall
    Simon – Christopher Hinton-Lewis
    Odette – Keiko Amemori
    Odilia – Martha Leebolt
    Mother – Nathalie Léger
    Father – Steven Wheeler
    Young Anthony – Thomas Aragones
    Brother – Ben Mitchell


    Thursday 5 March (Mat)

    Anthony Christopher Hinton-Lewis
    Simon – John Hull
    Odette – Michela Paolacci
    Odilia – Keiko Amemori
    Mother – Dreda Blow
    Father – Steven Wheeler
    Young Anthony – Brice Asnar
    Brother – Ben Mitchell


    Thursday 5 March (Eve)

    Anthony Tobias Batley
    Simon – David Ward
    Odette – Martha Leebolt
    Odilia – Georgina May
    Mother – Hannah Bateman
    Father – Darren Goldsmith
    Young Anthony – Thomas Aragones
    Brother – Ben Mitchell


    Friday 6 March (Eve)

    Anthony Tobias Batley
    Simon – David Ward
    Odette – Martha Leebolt
    Odilia – Georgina May
    Mother – Hannah Bateman
    Father – Darren Goldsmith
    Young Anthony – Thomas Aragones
    Brother – Ben Mitchell


    Saturday 7 March (Mat)

    Anthony Christopher Hinton-Lewis
    Simon – John Hull
    Odette – Michela Paolacci
    Odilia – Keiko Amemori
    Mother – Dreda Blow
    Father – Steven Wheeler
    Young Anthony – Brice Asnar
    Brother – Ben Mitchell


    Saturday 7 March (Eve)

    Anthony –  Kenneth Tindall
    Simon – Christopher Hinton-Lewis
    Odette – Keiko Amemori
    Odilia – Martha Leebolt
    Mother – Nathalie Léger
    Father – Steven Wheeler
    Young Anthony – Thomas Aragones
    Brother – Ben Mitchell

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    New momentum galleries

    November 5, 2008 at 4:21 pm (General Information) (, , , , , , , , , )

    momentum website

    There are new galleries in the events section of the momentum site
    The page now features photographs of all previous momentum events plus details of future ones…

    Find out more

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    Nutcracker Programme available for Download

    October 24, 2008 at 2:54 pm (General Information, Marketing and PR News) (, , , , , , )

    Northern Ballet Theatre's Nutcracker

    David Nixon’s magical ballet returns to the stage this season, visiting Hull, Woking, Milton Keynes, Bath and Leeds over Christmas.
    For a more detailed look at this production before you book, you can watch the trailer and download the programme here.

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    Performance Day in Milan

    October 17, 2008 at 9:40 am (Artist's News, Events, Overseas Tour) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

    La Scala

    Duomo

    Triennale Theatre

    All in all a very successful day. Whilst the Technicians returned to the theatre to complete the fit up, the dancers had a few more hours to explore Milan this morning before the taxis arrived at the hotel to take them to the theatre for class. The afternoon was spent with technical rehearsals for all 3 companies in the performance. The ballet was first to rehearse so there was more free time for the dancers whilst rehearsals continued for the others. Our Technicians were providing the technical support for the other companies so work continued for them.

    Live from Leeds

    The performance was scheduled for 8.30 with a reception beforehand. The first half was rather long and we eventually got to the interval at about 10pm. A quick change and then on with the ballet. First, we had the Nutcracker pas de deux danced by Julie Charlet and John Hull, then the pas de deux from Three Musketeers danced by Hironao and Keiko Takahashi, then the Dracula pas de deux danced by Martha Leebolt and Chris Hinton-Lewis. The final offering was Rhapsody in Blue.

    The dancers gave excellent performances and all was received well by the audience. As far as Leeds City Council and Marketing Leeds are concerned, the week in Milan has been a triumph with the cultural offering playing a major part in the success.

    A bit of free time on Friday morning before the flight back to Leeds (as long as the general strike doesn’t affect anything!)

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    Leeds a Milano

    October 15, 2008 at 4:25 pm (Company News, Events, Overseas Tour) (, , , , , , , )

    Leeds in Milan is a five day festival of commerce and culture, designed to give Leeds businesses the opportunity to showcase their sectors, skills and expertise in Milan. The event is being managed and promoted by Marketing Leeds who recognise that culture is an important part of what Leeds has to offer as a city.Northern Ballet Theatre has been invited to take part in this cultural offering alongside Opera North and Leeds Met University and their anateresa project.

    On the flight to Milan

    This morning 12 NBT dancers plus support staff set off for Milan. It really is going to be a flying visit. Fortunately Jet 2 fly direct from Leeds/Bradford to Milan so not too early a start. Flight time was only about 2 hours so we arrived at Bergamo airport at about 3.30pm and transferred to our hotel – the Atahotel Fieramilano which took about 45 minutes. Quite a muggy afternoon in Milan – about 23 degrees

    The coach journey to the hotel...

    After check in, the dancers were free to explore the city whilst the Technicians made their way to the Triennale Theatre to start the fit up. Opera North and Leeds Met are providing the first half of the performance with NBT making up the second half. We will be performing pas de deux from Dracula, pas de deux from Three Musketeers, pas de deux from Nutcracker and Rhapsody in Blue from our Gershwin programme – so quite a diverse offering to show off our range.

    Update:

    A good evening on all fronts. Work in the theatre went well and although there were some issues getting the trailer access to the get in to the theatre, the work was completed on schedule and the Technical Staff were back at the hotel for 11pm. As always, little technical issues to resolve but all bodes well for tomorrow. The Company had various dining experiences but all appeared to be happy with their night out in Milan.

    This is where we are staying!!

    This is where we would like to be staying (The Four Seasons)

    Just for the record, taxi drivers in Milan are a nightmare. Fares are extortionate and they seem to manage to find the most convoluted route to get anywhere!!

    Mark Skipper

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    New building for dance given green light by planners

    October 10, 2008 at 2:50 pm (Company News, Fundraising, Marketing and PR News) (, , , , , , , , , )

    Planners at Leeds City Council have given the green light to plans for a new centre of excellence for dance in Leeds. The new building will be home to Northern Ballet Theatre (NBT) and Phoenix Dance Theatre (Phoenix) and will be built on Quarry Hill next to the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Yorkshire Dance, the BBC and the Leeds College of Music. The designs by the Strategic Design Alliance, a partnership of Jacobs Architecture and Leeds City Council’s in-house architectural consultancy, were passed at a planning meeting earlier today.

     

    The ambitious plans are for a six-storey building consisting of seven dance studios including a 200-seat studio theatre, office space, a health suite and a costume workshop. Alongside the two professional companies the building will eventually house a full-time classical dance school as well as Leeds Metropolitan University’s dance degree courses. The building will open in summer 2010.

     

    In February NBT and Phoenix launched momentum, the campaign to raise the remaining £1.5million of the £12million building. To date the campaign has raised more than £800,000 from a number of trusts, foundations and individual donors. Mark Skipper, NBT’s Chief Executive is spearheading the momentum campaign:  “The planning decision means that we have reached a key milestone in this project’s progress. With building work due to start on site in four months time we are now looking for a number of businesses and individual donors to step forward and help us meet our fundraising target and achieve our ambitions.” Anyone wishing to support the momentum campaign should visit www.building-momentum.co.uk or contact Melanie Aram at NBT at melanie.aram@northernballettheatre.co.uk

     

    The new building has received wide support from across the region with Leeds City Council investing £6.7million, including a contribution from Yorkshire Forward, and Arts Council England, Yorkshire investing £3.5million through the National Lottery.

     

    Andy Carver, Executive Director of Arts Council England, Yorkshire said: “It’s great news that this exciting project has reached such a significant milestone. ­Two of the country’s leading dance companies will have a state-of-the-art new home in Leeds, bringing great dance to many more people in Yorkshire and beyond.”

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    Russian dance for new museum

    September 19, 2008 at 11:57 am (Artist's News, Marketing and PR News) (, , , , , )

    Photograph by Brian Slater

    NBT Dancers John Hull, David Ward, Thomas Aragones, Sebastian Loe and Ben Mitchell performed the Chinese and Russian dances from The Nutcracker in Leeds’ City Square to help celebrate the opening of the new City Museum. The museum will feature a costume from NBT’s A Sleeping Beauty Tale and the chance to discover dancer Lori Gilchrist’s dance journey.

    NBT will visit Leeds Grand Theatre with performances of The Nutcracker from 17-31 December 2008.

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    NBT help celebrate the opening of Leeds Museum

    September 10, 2008 at 8:33 am (Company News, Events, General Information) (, , , , )

     Brian Slater

    Saturday 13 September, 11am
    Opening of Leeds City Museum
    Millennium Square, Leeds The new Leeds City Museum throws open its doors to the public this weekend and dancers from Northern Ballet Theatre will make a special appearance to start the celebrations in spectacular style. Five of our male dancers will perform the Chinese and Russian dances from The Nutcracker at 11am on an open-air stage in Millennium Square. A range of dance groups from Leeds will then perform throughout the weekend. The performances and the museum are free so why not come down and check it out.

    The new Leeds City Museum throws open its doors to the public this weekend and dancers from Northern Ballet Theatre will make a special appearance to start the celebrations in spectacular style. Five of our male dancers will perform the Chinese and Russian dances from The Nutcracker at 11am on an open-air stage in Millennium Square. A range of dance groups from Leeds will then perform throughout the weekend. The performances and the museum are free so why not come down and check it out.

    Read more about the opening of the Museum at: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/cityMuseum/City_Museum/Launch_of_Leeds_City_Museum.aspx

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    New momentum videos

    September 4, 2008 at 11:18 am (Company News, Friends News, Fundraising) (, , , , , , , , )

    Building Momentum website

    There are two new videos from the architects on the momentum website, for a sneaky preview of what the new studios, performance spaces and other facilities will look like.

    Watch the videos and find out how you can help us jump the last hurdle…

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    A Tale of Two Cities – CASTS

    September 1, 2008 at 3:46 pm (Artist's News, Casts) (, , , , , , )

    A Tale of Two Cities continues at the West Yorkshire Playhouse…

    This weeks provisional castings:

    CAST A

    LUCIE – Keiko Amemori
    MdM DEFARGE – Victoria Sibson
    THERESE – Michela Paolacci
    PROSS – Ginnie Ray
    VENGENCE – Martha Leebolt
    AGNES – Pippa Moore  

    CHARLES – Tobias Batley
    SYDNEY – Kenneth Tindall
    MANETTE – Hironao Takahashi
    LORRY – John Hull
    DEFARGE – Darren Goldsmith
    GABELLE –
    Michael Berkin
    MARQUIS – Steven Wheeler
    YOUNG MANETTE –
    David Ward
    DENIS –
    Thomas Aragones
    YOUNG CHARLES – Ben Mitchell

    CAST B 

    LUCIE – Georgina May
    MdM DEFARGE – Martha Leebolt
    THERESE – Pippa Moore
    PROSS – Amy Johnson
    VENGENCE – Victoria Sibson
    AGNES – Keiko Amemori

    CHARLES – John Hull
    SYDNEY – David Ward
    MANETTE – Darren Goldsmith
    LORRY – Michael Berkin
    DEFARGE – Yi Song
    GABELLE – Hironao Takahashi
    MARQUIS – Steven Wheeler
    YOUNG MANETTE – Ben Mitchell

    DENIS – Giuliano Contadini
    YOUNG CHARLES – Ashley Dixon 

     
     
    Monday 1 September – 19:30 – CAST B  

    Tuesday 2 September – 19:30 – CAST A 

    Wednesday 3 September – 19:30 – CAST B

    Thursday 4 September – 14:00 – CAST A 

    Thursday 4 September – 19:30 – CAST B

    Friday 5 September – 19:30 – CAST A

    Saturday 6 September – 14:00 – CAST B

    Saturday 6 September – 19:30 – CAST A

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    A Tale of Two Cities Première at the WYP

    September 1, 2008 at 12:37 pm (Company News, Events, Marketing and PR News, Tour News) (, , , , , , , , )

    A Tale of Two Cities programme cover - Photography HANSON - Design Mick Schofield

    Saturday the 30th of August saw NBT’s brand new production, Cathy Marston’s A Tale of Two Cities ballet, première at Leeds’ West Yorkshire Playhouse. Photographs of the production should follow tomorrow, here are a few other photos of the event.

    Photography - Mick Schofield

    The West Yorkshire Playhouse

    Photography - Mick Schofield

    Photography - Mick Schofield

    Photography - Mick Schofield

    Speech: Artistic Director David Nixon thanks choreographer Cathy Marston

    Photography - Mick Schofield

    Judith Donovan CBE (from the Board of Directors) wishes NBT Chairman, Councillor Bernard Atha CBE, a happy 80th birthday!

    Photography - Mick Schofield

    …cutting the cake.

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    A Tale of Two Cities Première – Cast

    August 28, 2008 at 2:05 pm (Artist's News, Casts, Tour News) (, , , , , , , , )

    A Tale of Two Cities - A ballet by Cathy Marston. Poster design Mick Schofield. Photography HANSON

    Northern Ballet Theatre’s latest production, A Tale of Two Cities
    by Cathy Marston, premières this Saturday (30th August), at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds.
    The following cast list is for the Première night only and is provisional, Northern Ballet Theatre reserves the right to make alterations without notice.

    LUCIE – Keiko Amemori
    MdM DEFARGE – Victoria Sibson
    THERESE – Michela Paolacci
    PROSS – Ginnie Ray
    VENGENCE – Martha Leebolt
    AGNES – Pippa Moore

    CHARLES – Tobias Batley
    SYDNEY – Kenneth Tindall
    MANETTE – Hironao Takahashi
    LORRY – John Hull
    DEFARGE – Darren Goldsmith
    GABELLE – Michael Berkin
    MARQUIS – Steven Wheeler
    YOUNG MANETTE – David Ward
    DENIS – Thomas Aragones
    YOUNG CHARLES – Ben Mitchell

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    A Tale of Two Cities update

    August 18, 2008 at 9:45 pm (Artist's News, Company News) (, , , , , , , )

    Cathy Marston with dancers of Northern Ballet Theatre

    It really is a tale of two cities for Cathy Marston at the moment. Last week she was putting the finishing touches to A Tale of Two Cities with NBT in Leeds and this week she is back in Bern for the start of the new season with Bern Ballet, of which she is Artistic Director.

    Hear an interview with Cathy as well as Principal Dancer Keiko Amemori and Soloist Kenneth Tindall, and watch exclusive rehearsal footage on the Yorkshire Post TV website: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/video/Sneak-preview-A-Tale-of.4397133.jp

    Talking about the production in an interview with the Yorkshire Evening Post Cathy says, “Purely from a dance point of view this love story offers plenty of opportunities for pas de deux. But even though it might not seem as obvious a choice to many people it makes a fantastic story to tell through any medium.” On working with NBT she says, “They’re an absolute delight to work with, not just in terms of ability but also because they don’t just wait for you to dictate steps to them they actually work with you making suggestions, developing the choreography and characters which is why the finished product is so special.”

    Cathy will return to Leeds next week for the run-up to the world premiere of A Tale of Two Cities at the West Yorkshire Playhouse on Saturday 30 August. If you haven’t got your tickets yet, time is running out so book now.

    To further whet your appetite here are some images of Cathy working with the Company. Photos by Merlin Hendy.

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    New Open Classes

    August 13, 2008 at 3:41 pm (Classical Training, General Information, Marketing and PR News, Northern Ballet Theatre Academy) (, , , , , , , , , )

    Open Classes

    At Northern Ballet Theatre, all instruction is based on healthy physical principles. Our Open Classes allow students to train with leading professionals in a relaxed and friendly environment. Ballet is a great way to keep fit regardless of age. It improves alignment and helps posture.

    Weekly classes as follows:

    NEW for 2008 – Intro to Ballet
    Thursday 17:30-18:30
    Introductory classes for children aged 8-10

    NEW for 2008 – Adult Beginners Ballet
    Thursday 18:45-20:00
    No experience required. 18+

    Intermediate Ballet
    Monday 19:00-20:30
    Intermediate Foundation Standard and Above

    Men’s Class
    Wednesday 17:30-19:15
    Intermediate Foundation Standard and Above

    All classes are held at Northern Ballet Theatre’s Studios
    at the West Park Centre on Spen Lane in Leeds.

    For more information on these classes visit our website
    or contact the Classical Training Dept.
    classicaltraining@northernballettheatre.co.uk

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    NBT students are excellent!

    August 5, 2008 at 11:14 am (Classical Training, Events, Northern Ballet Theatre Academy) (, , , , , , , )

    Photograph by Simon Richardson

    Seven of NBT’s students performed at excellent! at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London on Tuesday 15 July. excellent! was a celebration of the achievements of this country’s most talented young dancers and musicians. NBT’s students performed a piece by choreographer Sharon Watson, alongside seven students from the Northern School for Contemporary Dance (NSCD), to music composed by the Yorkshire Young Musicians (YYM).

    The students spent three days in London and stayed at The Tring Arts Educational School. On the day before the performance the students rehearsed with the NSCD students and YYM at Sadler’s Wells to make sure they were ready for their big performance the following day. The excellent! performance was a fantastic success and the students met other young and talented dancers and musicians from across the country. All the students did the Company proud, well done everyone!

    Joshua Ockerby who is in the third year of NBT’s Professional Training Division said, “It was amazing to perform on stage at one of the most famous dance venues in the world, I enjoyed every minute of it and hope I get to do it again soon! “

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    L&A August update

    July 31, 2008 at 9:41 am (Learning & Access) (, , , , , , , , )

    Get Creative 2007 - Body Proping - Photo by Brian Slater

    As the weather improves and the summer finally begins, we look forward to the summer projects that we will be delivering throughout August.

    We kick things off with Get Creative, a week long project combining music, movement and masks. Delivered in collaboration with Opera North, 17 young people aged 12 – 13 will have the opportunity to create their own masks and develop movement and songs to create a piece to be performed to family and friends at the end of the week.

    Read the rest of the update here.

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    Public art for our new dance centre

    July 24, 2008 at 10:48 am (Company News, Fundraising) (, , , , , , , , , )

    The search is on for an artist to create an artwork especially for our new building.

    An exciting part of the plans for NBT’s capital project is the commissioning of a piece or pieces of Public Art to be incorporated within the building. The commission forms part of Leeds City Councils ambitious Public Art plans and, along with the exhibition space, extends even further what the new building will have to offer the communities of Leeds and the north of England.

    There is a broad brief for the Public Art commission, it could be anything and use any medium, other than water. There are three potential locations identified by the design team for the public art: the entrance area, the glazing to the south façade, and the projecting balconies to the south façade.

    Leeds City Council has started the procurement process and an artist should be appointed in October. For artists wishing to enter the procurement process the deadline for expressions of interest is 5pm on Monday 11 August, visit:

    http://scms.alito.co.uk to sign up.

    Enquiries about the tender website/process to Julie Brennen, Procurement Unit, email julie.brennen@leeds.gov.uk tel: 0113 24 74088

     

    For more information on the planned building, and to find out how to help us realise it visit

    www.building-momentum.co.uk

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