Northern Ballet announces Spring 2012 tour
Northern Ballet will be bringing fairytale magic, Japanese beauty and the roaring twenties to theatres across the UK this Spring.
The spring tour will open with Perpetual Motion, the Company’s first programme of short dance pieces in their new home, at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre in Leeds from 9 – 18 February. This will be followed by Madame Butterfly at the Leeds Grand Theatre from 29 February to 10 March. Beauty & the Beast, which premièred in Leeds this Christmas, will then be touring the UK with dates at Edinburgh Festival Theatre (15 – 17 March), Sheffield Lyceum Theatre (20 – 24 March), Hull New Theatre (27 – 31 March), Milton Keynes Theatre (17 – 21 April) and Cardiff New Theatre (24 – 28 April). I Got Rhythm is at the Leeds Grand Theatre from 23 – 26 May and at Norwich Theatre Royal 29 May – 2 June.
Perpetual Motion will feature a mixture of work from both new and established choreographers including Northern Ballet Premier Dancer Kenneth Tindall’s debut piece, Project#1. This moving and accomplished piece is set to Dinah Washington and Maz Richter’s stirring ‘This bitter earth – on the nature of daylight’. Perpetuum Mobile from Scottish Ballet’s new Artistic Director Christopher Hampson shows off dancers’ strength with spins, jumps and beats taking Bach’s Violin Concerto in E Major as its inspiration. Northern Ballet’s Ballet master Daniel de Andrade has choreographed Glass Canon, a high-energy mischievous piece, set to the music of Moishe’s Bagel. Audiences will also get a sneak preview of I Got Rhythm with a performance of ‘Rhapsody in Blue’.
There will have another chance to see Artistic Director David Nixon’s debut work for the Company, Madame Butterfly, at Leeds Grand Theatre between 29 February and 10 March. Innocence, love and betrayal unfold in the picturesque gardens of a Japanese villa, when Butterfly is deserted by handsome American, Lieutenant Pinkerton. East meets west in this tragic tale, which blends classical ballet with Japanese-style dancing and Puccini’s beautiful score, played live by the Northern Ballet Sinfonia, is interspersed with traditional Japanese music.
Following a successful world premier this Christmas at Leeds Grand Theatre, Beauty & the Beast, is doing a five venue tour this Spring. Beauty & the Beast tells the story of a young prince who is magically transformed into a beast and cursed to live alone in his castle until the enchantment is broken by the sacrifice of true love. Audiences will be transported into an enchanting world of colour, inhabited by fairies, goblins and sprites, with an elaborate mirrored set from Duncan Hayler and haute couture-style costumes designed by David Nixon. The show will be accompanied by an infectious score from Saint-Säens, Bizet, Debussy and Glazunov, played live by the Northern Ballet Sinfonia.
I Got Rhythm will transport audiences back to the Roaring Twenties and a heady whirl of parties, champagne and dancing. Ballet meets jazz in this production which celebrates Gershwin’s America. ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ and ‘Summertime’ capture the romantic, soulful mood of a bygone era whilst ‘Girl Crazy’ and ‘I Got Rhythm’ create the excitement of a big Broadway musical. The Northern Ballet Sinfonia performs ‘big band’ style on stage and are accompanied by guest singers.
Northern Ballet is renowned for its full-length narrative productions which embrace popular culture and take inspiration from literature, opera, or give a unique interpretation of classical ballets. The Leeds-based company is committed to touring throughout the UK and overseas, developing new audiences for dance. It has carved a unique place in the UK’s cultural landscape and was voted Britain’s favourite ballet company for three consecutive years at the National Dance Awards.
Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre
Thu 9 – Sat 18 February
Box Office: 0113 220 8008
Book Online at Northern Ballet’s website
Wed 29 February – Sat 10 March
Box Office: 0844 8482701
Choreography and Design Concept: David Nixon
Music by Giacomo Puccini
With Orchestration by John Longstaff
Lighting Design: Peter Mumford
Scenic Design realised by Ali Allen
Beauty & the Beast
Thu 15 – Sat 17 March
Box Office: 0131 529 6000
Tue 20 – Sat 24 march
Box Office: 0114 249 6000
Tue 27 – Sat 31 March
Box Office: 01482 300 300
Milton Keynes Theatre
Tue 17 – Sat 21 April
Box Office: 0844 871 7625
Cardiff New Theatre
Tue 24 – sat 28 April
Box Office: 029 2087 8889
Book Online: www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk
Choreography and Direction: David Nixon
Set Design: Duncan Hayler
Lighting Design: Tim Mitchell
Costume Design: David Nixon assisted by Julie Anderson
Music by Georges Bizet, Claude Debussy, Camille Saint-Säens and Alexander Glazunov
I Got Rhythm
Leeds Grand Theatre
Wed 23 – Sat 26 May
Box Office: 0844 848 2701
Book Online: www.leedsgrandtheatre.com
Norwich Theatre Royal
Tue 29 May – Sat 2 June
Box Office: 01603 630 000
Book Online: www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk