First Experiences of Ballet

June 16, 2010 at 1:31 pm (Events, General Information, Learning & Access) (, , , , , , , )

Pupils from Thorn Park School for the Deaf in Bradford have produced a video reporting on their experiences of learning ballet for Headliners, a UK charity which encourages personal development through journalism. The students were taught by Northern Ballet Theatre‘s Dance Education Officer, Caroline Burn and Learning & Access Musician, Dave Burnett.

They also attended a performance of Wuthering Heights at the Alhambra Theatre, Bradford and they give their thoughts on the production.

Headliners is a UK charity which encourages personal development of young people through journalism.

Original article on Headliners: Ballet a Hit With Deaf Young People

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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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Events at Sheffield…

March 12, 2010 at 11:17 am (Events, Learning & Access) (, , , , , )

Tobias Batley as Heathcliff and Georgina May as Cathy. Photo: Merlin Hendy

Tobias Batley as Heathcliff and Georgina May as Cathy. Photo: Merlin Hendy

Northern Ballet Theatre are returning to the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield between 16 – 20 March with their powerful adaptation of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights

Ever wanted to know more about how a ballet such as Wuthering Heights is created?  Intrigued about the set and costumes?  Interested in what goes on ‘behind the scenes’?  Then there are a number of events taking place during NBT’s time at the Lyceum that might be of interest to you!

Ballet Explored:

Thursday 18 March: 11.15am – 12.45pm (Cost £3.50 per person)

Join our Dance Artist to find out more about the process involved in designing and producing the wonderful set and costumes, which help create such a wonderful atmosphere and absorbing setting for the production.  After the talk, you will be able to watch the company take their daily class on stage at the theatre. 

Production Event

Thursday 18 March: Following matinee performance for ½ hour (Free)

After the matinee performance relax in your seats to hear about what’s involved in creating the show you have seen.  You will find out about how our technical team cope with the complex lighting changes involved in our productions and what it means to ‘fly’ scenery, in this captivating behind-the-scenes insight.

Pre-Performance Talk

Thursday 18 March: 6.15 – 6.45pm (Free)

Join Northern Ballet Theatre for a fascinating talk about our current production.  The pre-performance talk will be led by a member of the Northern Ballet Theatre team.

To book for all the above events contact the Box Office at Sheffield Lyceum on 0114 2496000.

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Reaching New Heights…

March 12, 2010 at 9:28 am (Articles) (, , , , )

The Sheffield Telegraph has a great feature by Ian Soutar about Wuthering Heights, on at the Lyceum Theatre next week.

THE windswept majesty of the Yorkshire moors comes to Sheffield next week when Northern Ballet Theatre present Wuthering Heights at the Lyceum.

Read the full Arts Guide: Reaching New Heights at the Sheffield Telegraph.

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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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Around the Web…

March 10, 2010 at 4:35 pm (General Information) (, , , , , , , , )

There’s a great profile on Phoenix Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director (and former Northern Ballet Theatre Director of Learning & Access) Sharon Watson on the Cultural Leadership Programme’s Women to Watch List… http://elise-wwwwords.blogspot.com/2010/03/cupcakes-conversation-with-kenneth.html

On the Ballet News blog there’s a Cupcakes & Conversation interview with our very own Kenneth Tindallhttp://elise-wwwwords.blogspot.com/2010/03/cupcakes-conversation-with-kenneth.html

We’re in Edinburgh with Wuthering Heights this week, Herald Scotland has an interview with our Artistic Director, David Nixon and The Scotsman has an interview with Wuthering Heights composer  Claud-Michel Schönberg and his wife, former NBT dancer, Charlotte Talbot.

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New Season Tickets Now On Sale…

June 8, 2009 at 9:25 am (40th Anniversary, Fundraising, General Information, Tour News) (, , , , , , , , , )

Tickets for the Autumn/Winter Season are on sale now.

Remember to book early to avoid disappointment.

Click here for full deatils about NBT’s current and forthcoming tour.

Also on sale are tickets and packages for Northern Ballet Theatre’s 40th Anniversary Gala in aid of the momentum campaign.

The event takes place at Leeds Grand Theatre on 12 December.

For full details of packages available for the 40th Anniversary Gala click here.

To book seats which include a glass of champagne and a Gala programme click here.

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Wuthering Heights Resource Pack

June 1, 2009 at 11:36 am (Learning & Access) (, , , , , , , , , )

A resource pack for teachers on Wuthering Heights has been produced and is available for download from the Learning & Access pages.

Click to download the PDF file directly. (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

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Wuthering Heights – Belfasts Casts

June 1, 2009 at 10:52 am (Casts) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

Click here for more information on the production.

Click here to book tickets for Wuthering Heights from Belfast Grant Opera House.

Wuthering Heights - Heathcliff & Cathy (Photo: HANSON)

Wuthering Heights - Heathcliff & Cathy (Photo: HANSON)

NB: All castings are subject to change without notice.

 

Tue 2 June

Evening (7:30pm)

 Wed 3 June

Evening (7:30pm)

Thu 4 June

Matinée (2:00pm)

Evening (7:30pm)

Fri 5 June

Evening (7:30pm)

Sat 6 June

Matinée (2:30pm)

Evening (7:30pm)

NB: All castings are subject to change without notice.

Click here for more information on the production.

Click here to book tickets for Wuthering Heights from Belfast Grand Opers House.

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Wuthering Heights Events at Belfast

May 22, 2009 at 3:25 pm (Events, Learning & Access, Northern Ballet Theatre Academy) (, , , , , )

If you already have a ticket to see Wuthering Heights at Belfast Grand Opera House, why not try one of our Get Closer events to give you an extra insight into the production and Company:

Open Workshop – Ages 13+

A chance to dance some steps from the production and create your own movement. No experience is required
Wed 3 June 5.30 – 7pm. Cost £12 includes ticket to the perf.

Over 55s Workshop

A creative movement workshop that is fully accessible to all, followed by a talk about the production and the Company and the chance to watch the dancers’ daily class on stage.
Thu 4 June, 9.30am – 12.15pm. Cost £28 includes lunch and a ticket to matinee

Ballet Explored – 40 years uncovered

Celebrating their 40th Anniversary, this event includes a talk about the history of NBT and how the Company has grown over the years. You will also watch the Company dancers doing their daily class on stage; a great opportunity to learn about the level of training and preparation involved in being a professional dancer.
Thu 4 June, 10.45am – 12.15pm. Cost £3.50

Pre-performance Talk

Find out more about Wuthering Heights and the Company from NBT staff.
Fri 5 June 6.30 – 7pm. Free

Touch Tour and Workshop for the visually impaired

A chance to walk on stage and get close to the set and the costumes. Then learn movement from the production with the help of some NBT dancers. The workshop is accompanied by live music and is free of charge to visually impaired people and their companion.
Sat 6 June, 10.30am – 1pm. Free

Audio Described Performance

Hear the action on stage described live through headphones.
Sat 6 June, 2.30pm

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Wuthering Heights – Milton Keynes Casting

May 5, 2009 at 3:53 pm (Casts) (, , , , , , )

Click here for more information on the production.

Click here to book tickets for Wuthering Heights from Milton Keynes Theatre.

NB: All castings are subject to change without notice.

Wuthering Heights - Heathcliff & Cathy (Photo: HANSON)

Wuthering Heights - Heathcliff & Cathy (Photo: HANSON)

Tue 5 May

Evening (7:30pm)

Wed 6 May

Evening (7:30pm)

Thu 6 May

Matinée (2:30pm)

Evening (7:30pm)

Fri 8 May

Evening (7:30pm)

 Sat 9 May

Matinée (2:30pm)

 Evening (7:30pm)

NB: All castings are subject to change without notice.

Click here for more information on the production.

Click here to book tickets for Wuthering Heights from Milton Keynes Theatre.

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Charlotte Talbot Interview

April 30, 2009 at 9:53 am (Artist's News, Company News, Interviews) (, , , , , , )

Jonathan Ollivier and Charlottle Talbot in Wuthering Heights (Photo: HANSON)

Jonathan Ollivier and Charlottle Talbot in Wuthering Heights (Photo: HANSON)

How are you finding working with the Company?

This has been such a fantastic new experience, and such an insight into working on the other side as ballet staff and not as a dancer. I think when you’re a dancer you don’t really appreciate how hard it is and the preparation ballet staff have to put in before rehearsals even start. As a member of the ballet staff team you have to be able to work with all departments, not just the dancers but stage management and all the admin staff, so that’s a new challenge in itself.

I have found the whole experience hugely enjoyable. It’s true to say that just because you were a good dancer it doesn’t mean you will be a good teacher, but thanks to David I’ve been given this fantastic opportunity to try my best and I hope I’ve done a good job.

What are you enjoying most?

Working with the dancers has been amazing; they are such a fantastic bunch of people. They are so open and receptive and willing to try new things and to listen. The consistently give 100% to everything they do, I couldn’t have asked for a better group of dancers to work with.

What are you finding the most challenging?

Time has been a struggle, especially because two other ballets were being rehearsed at the same time. It is also 4/5 years since this ballet was last staged so it’s a long time and it’s new to almost everyone in the Company so it’s been very challenging for everyone, but there’s been such a team effort. Lots of people have come together with lots of different skills. People have been so welcoming to me and very generous in helping me find my feet.

Was dancing Cathy one of your favourite roles? What challenges does she present as a character?

Dancing Cathy was my favourite role. The chance to create a new role with any choreographer is so special, it really is the highlight of a dancers career, very few top dancers even get the chance to create a new role. In some ways I could sympathise with the struggles in Cathy’s character and bring some of my own characteristics to the role.

Apart from dancing Cathy I really enjoyed dancing Juliet. Both were such emotional roles, by the end of each performance I was not just physically but emotionally drained. Particularly for the role of Cathy, it takes a lot of stamina to dance the role. Capturing the emotion is what I really loved as a dancer. I also really enjoyed being able to try something different at each performance, which was always an exciting challenge.

How are the dancers coming along with the ballet?

The dancers have been truly fantastic, they have come along so well and really embraced the ballet. There have been struggles with injuries, but that is the nature of ballet I suppose. Juggling rehearsal schedules can also be quite a challenge. The dancers really have all been fabulous. Their flexibility in dancing different roles and adapting to changes is unbelievable and a credit to their professionalism and experience as artists. All the Heathcliffs and Cathys have a different approach to the role, working with those different personalities has been really interesting to see.

Do you miss dancing with the Company?

I do miss dancing with NBT but I felt very satisfied with what I had achieved in my career and so I’ve never really had the urge to go back to dancing. I think that in order to be a good teacher you have to be happy with what you achieved yourself as a dancer otherwise you are not in the best position to help others achieve their best.

What have you been doing since leaving NBT?

Being a mum to my beautiful 3 year old daughter Lilly, that has kept me very busy!

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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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