Ballet Backstage | Northern Ballet launches The Great Gatsby

February 20, 2013

Backstage

Northern Ballet launches The Great Gatsby with London preview

Launch night for Northern Ballet's The Great Gatsby

Launch night for Northern Ballet’s The Great Gatsby. Photograph : Cheryl Angear

There were diamonds on the tables, feathers in the air and a buzz in the crowd for the London launch of Northern Ballet’s new work, The Great Gatsby, which premieres in Leeds on Saturday 2nd March 2013.

Martha Leebolt as Daisy and Tobias Batley as Gatsby.  Photograph : Cheryl Angear

Martha Leebolt as Daisy and Tobias Batley as Gatsby. Photograph : Cheryl Angear

We were treated to three scenes from the ballet, and an insightful introduction to each from Artistic Director David Nixon, as well as an overview of his vision for the ballet.

Martha Leebolt, Tobias Batley and  Photograph : Cheryl Angear

Martha Leebolt, Tobias Batley and Guiliano Contadini Photograph : Cheryl Angear

First we had a pas de trois between Gatsby, danced by Tobias Batley, Daisy, danced by Martha Leebolt and Nick – Guiliano Contadini. Then we moved onto a strongly danced pas de deux between Gatsby and Daisy.

Martha Leebolt and Tobias Batley.  Photograph Cheryl Angear

Martha Leebolt and Tobias Batley. Photograph Cheryl Angear

The final dramatic scene featured Myrtle (Victoria Sibson), Tom Wilson (Ben Mitchell), Jordan (Hannah Bateman), Tom Buchanan (Kenneth Tindall), Gatsby (Tobias Batley), Daisy (Martha Leebolt) Nick (Guiliano Contadini), and Gangster (Matthew Broadbent).

Martha Leebolt and Tobias Batley.  Photograph Cheryl Angear

Martha Leebolt and Tobias Batley. Photograph Cheryl Angear

Hosted by Sadlers Wells, the intimate setting only highlighted the drama of the ballet. The Company excels at dramatic story ballets and close-up you have the chance to see them perform in detail.

Martha Leebolt and Tobias Batley.  Photograph Cheryl Angear

Martha Leebolt and Tobias Batley. Photograph Cheryl Angear

The Great Gatsby brings to life the indulgence and luxury of F Scott Fitzgerald’s famous American novel and effortlessly transports you to Long Island in the 1920’s.

Martha Leebolt and Tobias Batley.  Photograph Cheryl Angear

Martha Leebolt and Tobias Batley. Photograph Cheryl Angear

Gatsby is a secretive millionaire hosting lavish parties but it’s not long before his past is unravelled.

Martha Leebolt and Tobias Batley.  Photograph Cheryl Angear

Martha Leebolt and Tobias Batley. Photograph Cheryl Angear

You can buy The Great Gatsby novel, which includes some academic notes, here :


You can buy tickets to see The Great Gatsby ballet on tour from Saturday 2nd March 2013 via Northern Ballet’s website.

Part 2 of the London launch will follow.

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