Events at the Theatre: Mature Movers

March 11, 2010 at 11:02 am (Events, Learning & Access) (, , , )

Last Thursday I went down to Leeds Grand Theatre to find out what happens at the Mature Movers and Ballet Explored events. There will be more on the Ballet Explored in a later video but in this you can see how fantastic the Mature Movers events are.

Dance Education Officer, Sophie Alder, led the event warming up the participants before moving on to teaching everyone a segment of The Knight’s Dance from our production of Romeo & Juliet. People were laughing as they strode across Leeds Grand’s raked stage with their Knight’s staffs, dancing in unison with Prokofiev’s famous score played live for the workshop.

Once the moves were perfected people improvised a final section to the dance showing off their new-found skills.

The morning was completed with warm-down exercises and a cup of tea in the theatre’s bar where friendships were forged and people talked about how much fun it was.

We have similar events at many venues on our tour, for more information check our Talks & Events page…

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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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Romeo & Juliet – London 2009 Cast List

May 21, 2009 at 11:48 am (Casts, General Information) (, , , , , , , , , )

Click here for more information on Romeo & Juliet.

Click here to book tickets for Romeo & Juliet from London Sadler’s Wells.

NB: All castings are subject to change without notice.

Romeo & Juliet (Photo: Merlin Hendy)

Romeo & Juliet (Photo: Merlin Hendy)

Thu 21 May

Evening (7:30pm)

 Fri 22 May

Evening (7:30pm)

 Sat 23 May

Matinée (2:30pm)

Evening (7:30pm)

NB: All castings are subject to change without notice.

Click here for more information on the Romeo & Juliet.

Click here to book tickets for Romeo & Juliet from London Sadler’s Wells.

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Young Jazz Sensation, Peter Grant, Joins NBT for London Performances

April 15, 2009 at 9:19 am (Artist's News, Casts, Company News, Events, General Information, Tour News) (, , , , , , , , )

Peter Grant will be performing live with NBT at Sadler's Wells

Peter Grant will be performing live with NBT at Sadler's Wells

Young jazz sensation, Yorkshire-born Peter Grant, whose debut album sold over 100,000 copies, will perform live with Northern Ballet Theatre during the London performances of the Company’s 40th Anniversary Mixed Programme.

NBT will bring an exciting programme of dance, music, song and theatre to Sadler’s Wells, London this May. The Company will present a Mixed Programme (As Time Goes By, A Simple Man and Angels in the Architecture) alongside one of its most popular and enduring productions, Romeo & Juliet. NBT will perform at Sadler’s Wells from Tuesday 19 – Saturday 23 May and tickets are available by calling the box office on 0844 412 4300.

The Mixed Programme opens with the UK première of As Time Goes By, in which Peter Grant will perform live with NBT. Conjuring up an era of classic glamour, the dancers perform David Nixon’s stylish choreography to a selection of timeless songs such as Moondance, Song and As Time Goes By.

Click to read the press release.

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Farewell Steven Wheeler

March 24, 2009 at 3:04 pm (Artist's News, Casts, Company News, General Information) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Steven Wheeler with Charlotte Talbot in A Streetcar Named Desire and Steven as the Wardrobe Master in A Midsummer Night's Dream

Steven Wheeler with Charlotte Talbot in A Streetcar Named Desire and Steven as the Wardrobe Master in A Midsummer Night's Dream

This week Northern Ballet Theatre is performing Swan Lake and the Mixed Programme at the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield.

Steven as Lord Capulet with Chiaki Nagao as Juliet in Romeo & Juliet

Steven as Lord Capulet with Chiaki Nagao as Juliet in Romeo & Juliet

It is a week tinged with sadness as we say farewell to a popular and much loved character. Senior Artist Steven Wheeler gives his final performances with NBT after 17 years with the Company.

His very last performance will be as Man in a Quandry in Gillian Lynne’s remarkable production, A Simple Man on Saturday evening.

After joining NBT in 1992 Steven has created many unforgettable roles, audiences have particularly enjoyed his portrayal of the Wardrobe Master in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a role that he refers to as his alter ego. Most recently Steven created the role of Hamlet’s Father in David Nixon’s Hamlet, and the Marquis in Cathy Marston’s A Tale of Two Cities.

He says; “I’ll miss the camaraderie of the dancers. We are one huge family and I think that shows on stage.”

David Nixon says: “I would personally like to give my thanks to Steven for the contribution he has made to the Company and for his many memorable performances.”

Steven’s parting message to you is: (Tongue firmly in cheek) “Don’t stop supporting NBT just because I’m not here. There are many other fabulous dancers to support. But seriously, thank you for all your support over the past 17 years, it’s been amazing.”

We’ll all miss you Steven and we wish you the very best for the future. Send your messages for Steven by emailing media@northernballettheatre.co.uk or post them at www.ballet.co.uk and click on NBTtalk.

NBT’s dancers add their tribute to Steven

“My top memory of Steve has to be my first years in the Company when we toured together in my old mini. Two of the tallest guys in the Company driving round in a tiny car with our bags must have looked a sight!
I’ve known Steve since I was eight and spent my entire dancing life with him so it is going to be really strange not having him around. His knowledge of NBT shows will be greatly missed.”
Darren Goldsmith, Leading Soloist

“Steven Wheeler is an amazing person to work with. He is very professional and will always give 100% in each performance (even if it is show 110!). He is also a very caring partner in pas de deux and will always make the girl look good even if he is uncomfortable. Every girl’s dream. Steven is one of my favourite people to work with.”
Ginnie Ray, Junior Soloist

“I think I was lucky to have joined the Company at the same time as Steven so I could spend a lot of time with him. He has been so helpful; when I joined the Company 17 years ago he helped me so I didn’t feel lost. We have had a great time working together and I will miss him so much but I wish him all the best for the future.”
Hironaio Takahashi, Principal Artist

“Steven came to Japan with Hiro and I for our wedding, he was our best man. He helped me chose my head-dress and Hiro’s suits. Steven has always been reliable at work. If he was playing my father, such as Lord Capulet in Romeo & Juliet, his acting and timing were perfect so I could therefore perform my role perfectly. He is so considerate and professional on stage, making sure that I looked good out there.”
Keiko Amemori, Principal Artist

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Next Season Online

October 7, 2008 at 10:26 am (Tour News) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Northern Ballet Theatre  National Tour 2009

Just a note to say that the Tour pages on www.northernballettheatre.co.uk have been updated with the latest details and information about next season’s productions…

Tour Map

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New work by David Nixon

April 3, 2008 at 9:21 am (Artist's News) (, , , , , )

David Nixon recreates Romeo & Juliet for BalletMet

David Nixon is currently in America working at BalletMet to revive his version of Romeo & Juliet for the Company’s thirtieth anniversary celebrations. David’s Romeo & Juliet for BalletMet premiered in 1998 and performances this year take place from 1-4 May at the Ohio Theatre.
Check out BalletMet’s website for further information: http://www.balletmet.org/performances_romeo.php

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David Nixon’s new dance piece for Ballet Central

In the UK David has created a new dance piece for students at the Ballet Central. Steps to Bach is a neoclassical work that the students will perform as part of their tour throughout the UK.
David, who is an Artistic Adviser at Ballet Central says of the piece:
“The music is Bach and I don’t often get the chance to create Bach. There’s no reason not to take music that has been used for a Balanchine work and is well known to give the dancers a feel of what neoclassical is, both the speed of it and the quality of the adage work.”

Click here to read the full media release and tour dates.

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Romeo & Juliet on T&A TV

October 25, 2007 at 9:20 am (Artist's News, Company News) (, , , , , )

Yesterday at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford, T&A TV interviewed David Nixon (NBT’s Artistic Director) and filmed Company Class, in the run-up to Saturday night’s Gala performance, where Principal dancer Chiaki Nagao will perform as Juliet for the last time.

See the interview on their website

Read T&A’s review of Romeo & Juliet here

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Romeo & Juliet Casting (Nottingham)

September 18, 2007 at 8:50 am (Artist's News, Casts, Tour News) (, , , , )

NBT's Romeo & Juliet

Tues 18
Juliet – Chiaki Nagao
Romeo – Hiro Takahashi

Weds 19
Juliet – Pippa Moore
Romeo – Darren Goldsmith

Thur 20 matinee
Juliet – Chiaki Nagao
Romeo – Hiro Takahashi

Thurs 20 evening
Juliet – Hannah Bateman
Romeo – Toby Batley

Fri 21
Juliet – Pippa Moore
Romeo – Darren Goldsmith

Sat 22 matinee
Juliet – Hannah Bateman
Romeo – Toby Batley

Sat 22 evening
Juliet – Chiaki Nagao
Romeo – Hiro Takahashi 

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