Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Northern Ballet


Northern Ballet


♦ Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire – England

♦ Artistic Director: Federico Bonelli

♦ Orchestra: Northern Ballet Sinfonia

♦ Affiliated School: Northern Ballet School

♦ Founded in 1969 by Laverne Meyer as Northern Dance Theatre. Named changed to Northern Ballet Theatre in 1976. Named changed to Northern Ballet in 2010.

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Northern Ballet 2024-2025 Season


Northern Ballet 2024-2025 Season
Northern Ballet 2024-2025 Season. Jonathan Hanks, Dominique Larose, and Harry Skoupas. Photo by Guy Farrow.

The Northern Ballet 2024-2025 season continues the Leeds-based ballet company’s mission to tell stories through the art form of dance.

The revival of the full-length ballets A Christmas Carol and Jayne Eyre along with the extension of the company’s Romeo & Juliet (Christopher Gable CBE and Massimo Morricone) tour are rounded out by two repertory programs which showcase up and coming choreographers as well as shorter works which tell tales of the human condition.

“I am delighted to announce the return of Christopher Gable CBE & Massimo Moricone’s A Christmas Carol and Cathy Marston’s Jane Eyre to stages over the coming year. Both of these productions hold a special part in Northern Ballet’s history and exemplify our mission to tell stories that connect.

September will also see the return of our hugely successful Three Short Ballets series that lends the talent of our dancers and creative team to three artists from across the sector, bringing new voices and perspectives to the fore. Live music is central to our storytelling and to our artistic vision.

Due to unprecedented rises in operating costs however, some performances this year will be to recorded music and some to live music from our Sinfonia. We remain as passionate as ever about the importance of live music and its role in our ballets past, present and future.”

Federico Bonelli, Artistic Director of Northern Ballet

The “Sketches” program, created by Bonelli as a space for upcoming choreographers to experiment within the walls of Northern Ballet’s studios features a piece by Carlos Pons Guerra.

“Three Short Ballets” will tour a world premiere by Principal Character Artist of The Royal Ballet Kristen McNally, Rudi van Dantzig’s romantic Four Last Songs, and Mthuthuzeli November’s Fools: A Romeo and Juliet Inspired Story.

November expresses:

“I am so happy to be back making a new creation with Northern Ballet. This time we are making a work inspired by R.L. Peteni’s novel titled Hill of Fools which is about two villages in a bitter rivalry; some people consider this to be South Africa’s version of the Romeo and Juliet story.

For me this feels like a world of possible new discovery. How can we make something that feels familiar to all of us but have it rooted in a different world. Northern Ballet is a great storytelling company and I look forward to this new challenge ahead.”

Source: Northern Ballet



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