Ballet Backstage | Northern Ballet’s launch of The Great Gatsby part 2

Hannah Bateman Photograph : Cheryl Angear

Ballet Backstage | Northern Ballet’s launch of The Great Gatsby part 2

The Great Gatsby preview launch  Photograph : Cheryl Angear

Northern Ballet’s The Great Gatsby preview launch Photograph : Cheryl Angear

Last night I published part one of the London launch of Northern Ballet’s preview of The Great Gatsby, coming your way in March.

Ben Mitchell & Victoria Sibson  Photograph : Cheryl Angear

Ben Mitchell & Victoria Sibson Photograph : Cheryl Angear

Today I want to highlight the dancer/actors of the company and these photographs showcase the drama, seduction and danger of the ballet, perfectly encapsulated in the characters that are so well drawn by the dancers, who are :

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).

F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel was set in the 1920’s, which was also the time that photography started to become popular and more widely available. Eastman Kodak’s Box Brownie was invented in 1900, so Fitzgerald was one of the first writers to have grown up with ‘snapshot’ photography. Gatsby itself is a series of distinctive scenes that stay in the mind, which fits perfectly with photography. For this reason, I want the rest of this feature to demonstrate the versatility of Northern Ballet’s dancers, through photography.

So, as the atmosphere darkens, the photographs do the talking ….

Ben Mitchell & Victoria Sibson  Photograph : Cheryl Angear

Ben Mitchell & Victoria Sibson Photograph : Cheryl Angear
Ben Mitchell  Photograph : Cheryl Angear

Ben Mitchell Photograph : Cheryl Angear
Northern Ballet's Artistic Director and Choreographer of The Great Gatsby, David Nixon  Photograph : Cheryl Angear

Northern Ballet’s Artistic Director and Choreographer of The Great Gatsby, David Nixon Photograph : Cheryl Angear
Kenneth Tindall and (just in shot) Martha Leebolt  Photograph : Cheryl Angear

Kenneth Tindall and (just in shot) Martha Leebolt Photograph : Cheryl Angear
Kenneth Tindall  Photograph : Cheryl Angear

Kenneth Tindall Photograph : Cheryl Angear
Hannah Bateman  Photograph : Cheryl Angear

Hannah Bateman Photograph : Cheryl Angear
Hannah Bateman  Photograph : Cheryl Angear

Hannah Bateman & Guiliano Contadini Photograph : Cheryl Angear
Martha Leebolt and Tobias Batley  Photograph : Cheryl Angear

Martha Leebolt and Tobias Batley Photograph : Cheryl Angear
Martha Leebolt and Tobias Batley  Photograph : Cheryl Angear

Martha Leebolt and Tobias Batley Photograph : Cheryl Angear
Hannah Bateman & Guiliano Contadini Photograph : Cheryl Angear

Hannah Bateman & Guiliano Contadini Photograph : Cheryl Angear
Hannah Bateman, Guiliano Contadini and Martha Leebolt  Photograph : Cheryl Angear

Hannah Bateman, Martha Leebolt & Guiliano Contadini Photograph : Cheryl Angear
Hannah Bateman, Guiliano Contadini, Kenneth Tindall and Martha Leebolt  Photograph : Cheryl Angear

Hannah Bateman, Martha Leebolt, Guiliano Contadini and Kenneth Tindall Photograph : Cheryl Angear
Hannah Bateman and Kenneth Tindall  Photograph : Cheryl Angear

Hannah Bateman and Kenneth Tindall Photograph : Cheryl Angear
Martha Leebolt, Kenneth Tindall and Tobias Batley  Photograph : Cheryl Angear

Martha Leebolt, Kenneth Tindall and Tobias Batley Photograph : Cheryl Angear
Hannah Bateman  Photograph : Cheryl Angear

Hannah Bateman Photograph : Cheryl Angear
Hannah Bateman  Photograph : Cheryl Angear

Hannah Bateman Photograph : Cheryl Angear
Kenneth Tindall and Martha Leebolt  Photograph : Cheryl Angear

Kenneth Tindall and Martha Leebolt Photograph : Cheryl Angear

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

The Great Gatsby (Wordsworth Classics) (Paperback)


List Price: £1.99 GBP
New From: £0.01 GBP In Stock
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You can buy tickets to see The Great Gatsby ballet on tour from Saturday 2nd March 2013 via Northern Ballet’s website.

Northern Ballet's The Great Gatsby London launch preview  Photograph : Cheryl Angear

Northern Ballet’s The Great Gatsby London launch preview Photograph : Cheryl Angear

 

Ballet Backstage | Northern Ballet launches The Great Gatsby

Martha Leebolt and Tobias Batley. Photograph Cheryl Angear

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 :

The Great Gatsby (Wordsworth Classics) (Paperback)


List Price: £1.99 GBP
New From: £0.01 GBP In Stock
Used from: £0.01 GBP In Stock

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.

Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s Laszlo Berdo hired as Artistic Director for Eglevsky Ballet

Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet’s Laszlo Berdo hired as Artistic Director for Eglevsky Ballet

 

Central, Pa. (February 1, 2013) – Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet Founding Artistic Director Marcia Dale Weary announced today that CPYB faculty member Laszlo Berdo has accepted the full-time position of Artistic Director for Eglevsky Ballet, Long Island. Mr. Berdo, a former Boston Ballet principal dancer, will assume his position with Eglevsky in July 2013.

 

“I personally want to thank Laszlo for the contributions he has made to Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet during the past 10 years,” said Miss Weary in her announcement. “He is a gifted instructor and brings tremendous creativity to his choreography. We are all proud of him as he takes this next step in his career. Congratulations to Eglevsky on this wonderful appointment. We wish you and Laszlo all the best.”

 

Laszlo Berdo joined CPYB as a full-time faculty member in 2003, having taught at Boston Conservatory and Harvard University. He trained as a dancer with National Academy of Arts in Champagne/Urbana, Illinois, and danced professionally with Ballet Austin, Louisville Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, and Boston Ballet. Mr. Berdo began choreographing in 1993, creating works for Boston Ballet, Boston Conservatory, the Norwegian National Ballet, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. His works have been staged at the Finnish National Ballet, Helsinki, and the Eglevsky Ballet, among others. He teaches internationally for several companies and summer intensives, including Jacob’s Pillow Dance. Mr. Berdo has served as program director of CPYB’s choreographic initiatives, ChoreoPlan and FirstSteps.

 

Established in 1961 by André Eglevsky, the late New York City Ballet principal dancer, the Eglevsky Ballet is dedicated to enriching Long Island and its surrounding communities through the presentation and training of ballet in the classical tradition of its founder to the highest standards.

 

“As I turn the page on my journey, I leave behind many memories,” said Mr. Berdo. “The talent and dedication of the students of CPYB cannot be matched anywhere. I feel extremely fortunate to have been able to be part of their journey through life. Though I must say goodbye, part of my heart will remain behind. I look forward to seeing my kids succeed in whatever they choose to do, and I will miss each and every one of them! I am equally thankful to have worked with Marcia these last 10 years. The ability to be a driving force behind an organization is thrilling. Eglevsky Ballet is providing me this opportunity and I look forward to the challenges.”