Northern Ballet return to West Yorkshire Playhouse with Ondine

August 7, 2012

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Northern Ballet return to West Yorkshire Playhouse with Ondine


Northern Ballet starts its new season in its home city of Leeds with the UK première of David Nixon’s Ondine which will be performed at West Yorkshire Playhouse from 8 to 15 September.  This is a rare treat for classical ballet fans as the heartbreaking story is seldom performed outside of London.


Artistic Director, David Nixon OBE, originally adapted this traditional production for Ballet du Rhin in 2005. It tells the story of a doomed romance between a beautiful water nymph and a handsome nobleman. Despite being raised by humans, Ondine retains the mysticism of her kind but when she falls deeply in love with a mortal, Brand, she is transformed from a sprite to a woman, opening her heart to the joy and pain of human emotion.


David Nixon says: ‘Ondine is one of my favourite ballets from the traditional repertoire and I’m extremely excited to be bringing this to our Leeds’ audiences. Our recent performances of Giselle and Swan Lake were so well received here that we thought Ondine would be a great title for our classical fans. Ondine has all the romance, passion and magic of many of the great classics but it differs in that it is a truly grown up fairytale.’


The production features the original music of Hans Werner Henze. The stunning sets and costumes are created by Jérôme Kaplan.


About Northern Ballet

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.


Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre are based in a centre of excellence for dance in Leeds for dance artists, enthusiasts and audiences across the north of England. Their award-winning headquarters on Quarry Hill in central Leeds is the largest purpose-built space for dance outside London.


Production Credits

Choreography by David Nixon OBE

Sets and Costumes by Jerôme Kaplan

Lighting by Olivier Oudiou

Projection design by Tanguy Alanou

Music by Hans Werner Henze by arrangement with Schott Music Ltd


Ondine Listings:


West Yorkshire Playhouse

Sat 8 – Sat 15 September

Box Office: 0113 213 7700


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