Northern Ballet’s A Christmas Carol and The Three Musketeers to be staged on two sides of the globe this autumn

Northern Ballet’s A Christmas Carol and The Three Musketeers to be staged on two sides of the globe this autumn

Northern Ballet’s A Christmas Carol and The Three Musketeers are to be staged by The Royal New Zealand Ballet and Alberta Ballet on opposite sides of the globe this autumn. The two companies are working with Northern Ballet’s artistic and technical teams to produce the ballets which will be performed complete with the original sets and costumes hired from the Leeds-based Company.

The Three Musketeerss Artistic Director, David Nixon OBE, who will be travelling to Calgary for three weeks to stage the production with Alberta Ballet. It will be performed in Calgary and Edmonton between 23 October and 8 November 2014.

Northern Ballet’s A Christmas Carol was created for the Company in 1992 by Massimo Moricone and Christopher Gable CBEs Ballet Master, Daniel de Andrades most recent tour of the production in autumn 2013.

s Chief Executive, Mark Skipper DLincluding some of our most recent creations: Cinderella, The Great Gatsby and Beauty & the Beast. We welcome enquiries from companies across the globe interested in staging one of our productions. We enjoy seeing our ballets produced successfully elsewhere and overseas hires contributes to the overall sustainability of the Company as we look to increase the diversity of our income streams.”

Northern Ballet offers complete productions for hire including choreography, sets and costumes as well as offering sets and costumes for hire on a stand-alone basis for professional companies. In recent years Northern Ballet’s work has been staged as far afield as the USA, South Africa and Israel and the Company offers the same level of support as when arranging their own tour, including refurbishing sets and costumes and arranging shipping. Examples of productions available for hire include: Cinderella, The Great Gatsby, Beauty & the Beast, Cleopatra, s Dream, Madame Butterfly, Romeo & Juliet, Hamlet, Peter Pan, The Nutcracker, A Christmas Carol, The Three Musketeers, Dracula, Swan Lake, I Got Rhythm, Dangerous Liaisons, Ugly Duckling and Three Little Pigs.

To enquire about hiring Northern Ballet’s productions, sets or costumes, contact Northern Ballet by emailing info@northernballet.com or call 0113 220 8000.

Northern Ballet is one of the UK’s five large ballet companies. Based in Leeds, it performs throughout the UK as well as overseas. Northern Ballet’s productions mix classical dance and theatre, embracing popular culture and taking inspiration from literature, opera, or giving a unique interpretation of popular classical ballets.

Northern Ballet is the busiest touring ballet company in the UK and is typically on the road for around 24 weeks of the year. The Company of 40 dancers tours a combination of new works and established repertoire to cities throughout the UK and is the only large scale ballet company to do so.

Cupcakes & Conversation with Giuliano Contadini, Soloist, Northern Ballet

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Giuliano Contadini, Soloist, Northern Ballet

Giuliano Contadini
Giuliano Contadini photographed by Simon Lawson

What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ?

My special protein shake. It wakes me up much faster than my alarm.

If ballet chose you, as many dancers say it did, what is it that has made you stick with it ?

It’s the range of emotion I go through when I’m dancing.

Who would you most like to dance with & what would you dance ?

Romeo & Juliet with Lucia Solari.

If you could dance anywhere in the world (not only in a theatre), where would you dance ?

At the Coliseum in Rome.

What is your daily routine at the moment ?

Protein shake, class, rehearsals, lunch, more rehearsals, gym and then home for dinner.

Giuliano Contadini as Ptolemy in Cleopatra photographed by Bill Cooper
Giuliano Contadini as Ptolemy in Cleopatra photographed by Bill Cooper

What do you eat during the course of a typical working day ?

A protein-based diet. So chicken, beef or tuna with pasta, salad or rice.

How do you prepare in the hours before a show ?

Good food, power nap, warm-up and some energetic tunes.

What are you looking forward to dancing in 2014 ?

Cleopatra is coming back and that was the first ballet where I had a role created on me.

How do you deal with the stresses of performing ?

I tend to fight stress with confidence. It sounds weird but it works for me.

You can ask six famous people to dinner – who would you invite ?

Beyonce, Alan Carr, Lady Gaga, Dermot O’Leary, Nicole Scherzinger and Marianela Núñez.

What would surprise people about you ?

I usually get a big reaction when I tell people that I’m a twin.

Who inspired you to dance ?

Indeed, my twin sister.

Martha Leebolt as Daisy and Giuliano Contadini as Nick in The Great Gatsby photographed by Bill Cooper
Martha Leebolt as Daisy and Giuliano Contadini as Nick in The Great Gatsby photographed by Bill Cooper

How would someone else describe you ?

An energetic ball of Italian style.

What is your best piece of advice ?

Don’t think, just do!

Which role has tested you the most & how ?

The Great Gatsby. I really had to push myself outside my comfort zone and it helped me grow as an artist.

What is the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you ?

The Nutcracker – French Doll white wig with a huge quiff that unravelled and was wafting and bouncing throughout the dance.

A phrase I use far too often is …

Let’s have a kiki.

Who would play you in the film of your life ?

Tobey Maguire.

What is your favourite quote?

Work like you don’t need the money,

Love like you’ve never been hurt,

And dance like nobody’s watching.

What’s on your iPod ?

A mixture of classical music, pop and rock.

Who would you most like to dance for, and why?

Matthew Bourne, because the choreography suits my way of dancing.

What makes you a good dance partner ?

Experience helps but I believe in good constructive communication between me and my partner.

Do you have a secret skill which no one knows about ?

Yes,  but it’s a secret!

Describe yourself in just three words.

Fashionista, troublesome, excitable.

In terms of your ballet career, where would you like to be this time next year ?

I’m pretty much where I want to be.

Who would you like to have a conversation with ? (this question refers to well-known people that you may not have met, but admire, in any field)

Tom Daley.

What is your exit strategy, for the time when you stop dancing, and how did you plan it ?

I haven’t thought that much about my future. I live in the present.

Awards and accolades for Northern Ballet

Awards and accolades for Northern Ballet

 

Northern Ballet has received the 2013 White Rose Tourism Awards for Arts and Culture.  The award comes just days after it was revealed that Northern Ballet’s Artistic Director David Nixon OBE has been nominated for Best Classical Choreography for The Great Gatsby at the 2014 National Dance Awards.

 

The White Rose Awards, run by Welcome to Yorkshire, are the biggest tourism awards in the UK. Almost 100 businesses were shortlisted and winners were announced across 16 categories at a ceremony which took place last night in Leeds. The event organisers described the Company as “great ambassadors for Yorkshire.”

 

The National Dance Awards organised by the Dance Section of the Critics’ Circle celebrate the vigour and variety of Britain’s thriving dance culture. The Awards will be announced in London on Monday 27 January 2014.

 

It was also recently announced that the CBeebies television adaptation of Northern Ballet’s Ugly Duckling, a ballet created especially for children, choreographed by Company dancers Dreda Blow and Sebastian Loe and filmed and produced by CBeebies, has been nominated for a Children’s BAFTA in the Pre-School live action category. The Children’s BAFTA’s are announced on Sunday 24 November.

 

Northern Ballet’s Chief Executive says, “I’m delighted that both the artistic work and the work we do with young people has been recognised through these awards and nominations. Northern Ballet is proud to be based in Yorkshire and we are proud national and international ambassadors for the region. To be recognised at the biggest tourism awards in the country is fantastic. To be recognised by the critics for our productions, placing us amongst the best dance artists in the world, is an honour – we hope it will give us the best start to 2014.”

 

Northern Ballet’s new production Cinderella receives its world première in Leeds from 17 December before touring throughout 2014.

 

The Great Gatsby has already received critical recognition from industry peers when it was shortlisted for Achievement in Dance at last month’s UK Theatre Awards where the Company received the Achievement in Marketing Award

Northern Ballet scoops national marketing award

Northern Ballet scoops national marketing award

Northern Ballet has won the achievement in marketing category at the 2013 UK Theatre awards.

The awards ceremony took place yesterday during a star-studded lunch at London’s Guildhall.

The UK Theatre Awards are the only nationwide Awards to honour outstanding achievement in regional theatre throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Northern Ballet faced stiff competition in the category from Hampstead Theatre, Thirty Seven Productions and the Royal Exchange Theatre.

The award recognised the success of the Communications campaign for Northern Ballet’s tour of The Great Gatsby. More than 50,000 people watched a performance of The Great Gatsby in 9 venues throughout the UK including a sell-out run at Sadler’s Wells Theatre. The campaign generated in excess of £1.2million of ticket sales exceeding financial target by £150,000.

On accepting the award Northern Ballet’s Director of Communications, Laraine Penson, said, “The arts are full of creative communications professionals who are working very hard in a competitive market and difficult economy. I accept this award on behalf of the communications team at Northern Ballet. This award recognises the achievements of the whole company because if the production and performance didn’t meet the audiences expectations all our work would be for nothing.”

Northern Ballet was also shortlisted for the achievement in dance category at the UK Theatre Awards. The Company has been shortlisted for the culture category of the White Rose Awards which are announced next month.

Cupcakes & Conversation with Dreda Blow, Soloist, Northern Ballet

Dreda Blow as Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream Photo Jason Tozer

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Dreda Blow, Soloist, Northern Ballet

Dreda Blow  Photo by Dreda Blow jpg

What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning ?

I really enjoy my work so I don’t really have trouble motivating myself on a Monday morning. It is, however, tough to get your motor running again after a few days off. I love breakfast and always make something special so that helps me to start my day on the right track.

If ballet chose you, as many dancers say it did, what is it that has made you stick with it ?

I have stuck with dancing because there are always new challenges which keep it exciting. I am constantly trying to improve, pushing and exploring myself, my movement and my expression. And of course I love the way dancing feels! Not to mention the excitement of being on stage, putting on a show, taking that final curtain call. It’s completely addictive!

What are you looking forward to dancing during 2013 & what are the big challenges likely to be for you ?

It’s hard to know what I will be dancing the rest of 2013 since the casting isn’t up yet! Midsummer Night’s Dream and Christmas
Carol are both wonderful shows coming up next season and I can’t wait to perform them again, regardless of what roles I will play.

Who would you most like to dance with & what would you dance ?

My childhood hero was Gene Kelly so in a dream world I would go back in time and dance with him! He was so charismatic and always
looked at a woman like she was the only woman in the world. I don’t mind what we would dance, perhaps the big number at the end of Singin’ in the Rain (though I wouldn’t like to be compared to the wonderful Cyd Charisse!)

If you could dance anywhere in the world (not only in a theatre), where would you dance ?

Many years ago when I was still a student, I was fortunate enough to perform in the south of France in an outdoor theatre amidst
old castle ruins. It had such an incredible atmosphere once beautifully lit at night time, with the stars and the moon above us. I would love to perform somewhere like that again.

How do you prepare your pointe shoes ?

Nothing too fancy… I always shellac my shoes to harden then slightly, then sew my ribbons and elastics to the outside of the shoe to keep the satin snug against my foot.

What is your daily routine at the moment ?

My daily routine at the moment consists of waking up at 8am and preparing for work. Company training starts at 10am, followed by 6
hours of rehearsal with an hour lunch break in the middle. In the evenings I enjoy downtime with my boyfriend Bruno, having a nice dinner and maybe watching a film.

What do you eat during the course of a typical working day ?

I have to eat lots of snacks to keep me going throughout the day: usually nuts, yoghurt, or fruit. For lunch I have a soup with crackers or salad with quinoa or falafel, lots of veggies and feta cheese.

Dreda Blow as Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream  Photo Jason Tozer
Dreda Blow as Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream Photo Jason Tozer

You can ask six famous people to dinner – who would you invite ?

John Lennon, Billie Holiday, Alfred Hitchcock, James Stewart, Ryan Gosling and Zooey Deschanel.

What would surprise people about you ?

It often surprises people that I can speak Dutch.

Who inspired you to dance ?

Growing up, I was obsessed with Hollywood musicals and had seen every Gene Kelly, Judy Garland or Fred Astaire film at least twenty
times by the time I turned 10! It was the magic of song and dance, the excitement of putting on a show, and the life-affirming charm of those old films that inspired me to dance.

What is your best piece of advice ?

To quote that old folk song: ‘Keep on the sunny side of life!

How do you prepare in the hours before a show ?

I don’t have a very strict pre-show ritual like some dancers. I always eat something substantial but not too heavy, then start doing my hair and make-up. About half an hour before the show, I go onto the stage and warm-up/stretch and jump around to get my blood pumping. Then I get my costume on and it’s show time!

How do you deal with the stress of performing ?

I try to stay relaxed by chatting in the dressing room and not letting myself get too introverted or intense. I remind myself to keep things in perspective. Performing is nerve-racking but the worst thing that can happen is I do a bad show. No one’s life is on the line, I’m not a brain surgeon or a pilot!

Which role has tested you the most & how ?

Beatrice in David Nixon’s Ondine challenged me both technically and artistically. She is character of immense power, confidence and
cunning. The solos were quite ‘virtuoso’ and I really had to command the stage with every fibre of my being.

If you were asked to design your own ballet costume, what would you create ?

I suppose it would depend on the production, the character and the style of the piece. I loved working on the costume designs for Ugly Duckling, a children’s ballet I recently co-choreographed with Sebastian Loe. It was great fun brainstorming ideas and designs and picking fabrics. I loved seeing the dancers wear them for the first time when it all came together.

What do you look for in a dance partner ?

Trust and communication. It’s most important for me to feel like I can talk to my partner about what I need, what he needs, how we can
connect, coordinate and express the feelings of the characters we are playing. I need to feel like we’re a team working towards a common goal, equally committed to the work.

What is your favourite quote ?

“The best portion of a good man’s life is his little nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.” – William Wordsworth

Do you have a ‘signature step’ – one that comes naturally to you ?

I don’t know if I have a signature step, but movements with a gentle, lyrical quality tend to come more naturally to me. My limbs are
long so it’s much easier for me to move slowly than quickly!

A phrase I use far too often is … ?

‘You’re invalidating my feelings!’

What’s been your best on-stage moment so far ?

I’m fortunate to have had many great on-stage moments but one of the best was also the most recent: my final show as ‘Daisy’
in The Great Gatsby at Sadler’s Wells, dancing with the wonderful Javier Torres. The audience was completely packed and we knew it was our last show so we just went for it. I loved every minute.

Do you have a secret skill which no-one knows about ?

I’m a really good cook. And resourceful too! Someone might look in the fridge and think we have nothing to eat but I will somehow rustle up a feast!

In terms of your ballet career, where would you like to be in a year from now ?

A year from now I hope to be continuing my career with Northern Ballet, dancing more wonderful roles that challenge and inspire me.

Who would you like to have a conversation with ?

Sorella Englund was a guest teacher of Drama and Expression when I was at school in Toronto. She is one of the kindest, wisest, most nurturing and inspiring women I have ever met. She has a deep understanding of dance, right down to its very essence, and I would love to meet her again.

What is your exit strategy, for the time when you stop dancing, and how did you plan it ?

To be honest, I don’t have an exit strategy yet. I know I would love to have a family one day, but at the moment I’m really enjoying my life and my career just the way it is!

Swan Lake illustrations inspired by English National Ballet’s production which opens tonight

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Swan Lake illustrations inspired by English National Ballet’s production which opens tonight

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Tonight English National Ballet open with Swan Lake in-the-round at the Royal Albert Hall, and to celebrate this landmark production with 60 swans on stage together, Ballet News releases the latest Limited Edition illustrations as part of my collaboration with Berenice Berelli.

The Swan Lake theme is timeless and these illustrations illuminate the best qualities of the White and Black Swan themes that run through the ballet.

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They are Limited Edition, so when they are gone, they are gone, and handmade exclusively for Ballet News. Earlier illustrations have highlighted Northern Ballet’s The Great Gatsby, and famous Pas de Deux.

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Northern Ballet’s The Great Gatsby | Illustrated

Northern Ballet’s The Great Gatsby | Illustrated

The Great Gatsby inspired illustration exclusively for Ballet News
The Great Gatsby inspired illustration exclusively for Ballet News

Regulars among you will know that Ballet News has been collaborating with Berenice Berelli for some time now. Today I want to offer you the latest Limited Edition and exclusive collection based on Northern Ballet’s The Great Gatsby, which opens at Sadlers Wells in London this week.

The Great Gatsby inspired illustration exclusively for Ballet News
The Great Gatsby inspired illustration exclusively for Ballet News

Inspired by Principals Martha Leebolt as Daisy and Tobias Batley as Gatsby along with some of Northern Ballet’s fabulous dancers, these illustrations are hand made, colourful and fun.

The Great Gatsby inspired illustration exclusively for Ballet News
The Great Gatsby inspired illustration exclusively for Ballet News

You can buy any or all of these illustrations, as well as the previous collections, while stocks last.

Watch the video to see how these illustrations were designed and brought to life

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Icsv5ors3o

Northern Ballet focuses spotlight on emerging and established international talent

Northern Ballet focuses spotlight on emerging and established international talent

Northern Ballet returns home in June with a showcase of outstanding emerging and established international choreography. The Company will perform a mixed programme at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre in its award-winning headquarters in Leeds from Wednesday 5 to Sunday 9 June.

 

Following hot on the heels of a tremendously successful tour of The Great Gatsby, the Mixed Programme features a collection of three works including Dutch dance master Hans Van Manen’s Concertante, Angels in the Architecture by American choreographer Mark Godden and a new work by Northern Ballet Premier Dancer Kenneth Tindall entitled Luminous Junc·ture.

 

Hans Van Manen has created more than 100 short classical ballets during an illustrious career spanning 60 years. He has worked extensively with Nederlands Dance Theater and Dutch National Ballet and his work has been staged internationally by numerous companies including the Royal Ballet, National Ballet of Canada and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Concertante is performed to Frank Martin’s ‘Petite Symphonie Concertante’.

 

Mark Godden performed as a soloist with Royal Winnipeg Ballet before becoming their first choreographer in residence in 1991. He created several major works for the Company, among them Angels in the Architecture which is set to Aaron Copland’s famous music ‘Appalachian Spring’. It is inspired by the life and beliefs of the Shaker people and the choreography is a beautiful and moving tribute to their simple yet spiritually-motivated lives. Mark continues to create new work for Boston Ballet, Memphis Ballet, North Carolina Dance Theatre, Ballet Florida and American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company.

 

Premier Dancer Kenneth Tindall’s talent as a choreographer came to light with Project #1 which he created for a Northern Ballet Choreographic Workshop in the summer of 2011. The piece was later extended to form part of Northern Ballet’s Perpetual Motion and went on to win him the Bundesjungendballett Production Prize at the 26th International Choreographic Competition in Hanover in 2012. He has also created Out of mine and into 4 for the L-Università ta’ Malta which toured to the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London and the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds. His piece Signature 31/30 gained critical acclaim whilst on tour with Ballet Central this year and his work for Bundesjugendballett was selected by John Neumeier to open Folksongs, a mixed programme for the Company which premièred in March 2013.

 

Kenneth has recently worked with artist Linder Sterling on a major new performance piece entitled The Ultimate Form which was performed in Paris at the Musée d’Art Moderne in January and will have its UK première at the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield on Saturday 11 May. His new work for Northern Ballet, Luminous Junc·ture, explores a moment in time – the present. Up-and-coming, Manchester-based fashion designer, Emma Guilfoyle, will create the costumes.

 

Northern Ballet’s Artistic Director David Nixon OBE says: ‘It is a great thrill to be performing a piece by Hans Van Manen for the first time. Performing a masterwork such as Concertante is a real challenge and demonstrates the very high standard of our dancers. Mark Godden’s Angels in the Architecture may be familiar to Northern Ballet audiences as we have performed it twice previously. It is a beautiful work and a delight to perform. I am also very excited to see Kenneth Tindall’s skill as a choreographer develop and it’s very important that we have the ability to encourage and nurture such talent in our dancers.’

Northern Ballet

Northern Ballet is renowned for its full-length narrative productions. The Company is committed to touring throughout the UK and overseas, developing new audiences for dance.  Northern Ballet is based in a centre of excellence for dance in Leeds. Their award-winning headquarters on Quarry Hill is the largest purpose-built space for dance outside London.

 

The Great Gatsby is a new full length ballet by Northern Ballet’s Artistic Director David Nixon OBE. It had its World Première in Leeds in February before embarking on a national tour. Based on the classic American novel by F Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby is set in the heady days of the Roaring Twenties and tells the story of the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and the loneliness, obsession and tragedy that surround him.

 

The Ultimate Form

Linder Sterling’s exhibition which is currently running at the Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield, culminates with a performance piece entitled The Ultimate Form on Saturday 11 May. The performance draws on Linder’s research into Barbara Hepworth and collaborators include Northern Ballet’s Kenneth Tindall and composer Stuart McCallum (Cinematic Orchestra). hepworthwakefield.org

 

Listings

Northern Ballet Mixed Programme

Wed 5 – Sun 9 June

Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, Leeds

0113 220 8008

 

The Great Gatsby

Tue 16 – Sat 20 Apr

Milton Keynes Theatre

0844 871 7652

 

 

Tue 23 – Sat 27 Apr

Cardiff New Theatre

029 2087 8889

 

 

Tue 30 Apr – Sat 4 May

Norwich Theatre Royal

01603 630 000

 

 

Tue 14 – Sat 18 May

London Sadler’s Wells

0844 412 4300

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
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.

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.

Northern Ballet announces new Chair

Northern Ballet announces new Chair

 

Northern Ballet is delighted to announce that Sir David Wootton will become its new Chair.

 

Bradford-born Sir David served as Lord Mayor of the City of London and elected head of the City of London Corporation from November 2011 to November 2012. During his year in office as Lord Mayor, Sir David worked worldwide on behalf of the UK’s financial, professional and business services industry leading visits to 27 countries and spending a total of three working months abroad.  He was awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s 2013 New Year’s Honours list for services to legal business, charity and the City of London.

 

As Chair Sir David will be Northern Ballet’s senior ambassador overseeing policy and strategic direction for the Company and will develop relationships with its Royal Patron, HRH the Earl of Wessex KG GCVO, current funders and sponsors.

 

Northern Ballet’s Chief Executive, Mark Skipper DL said ‘I am delighted that, at such a critical time for the arts, our search for a Chair has resulted in somebody of Sir David’s exceptional qualities accepting the role. I very much look forward to working with him to ensure that Northern Ballet continues to grow as a powerhouse for inventive dance.’

 

Sir David’s appointment comes at a very exciting and challenging time for Northern Ballet. In 2013 the Company will create two new full-length ballets: The Great Gatsby in March and Cinderella in December; as well as presenting a new mixed programme of short ballets in its centre for dance in Leeds. The Company is looking for a national tour sponsor and continues its Sponsor a Dancer campaign to ensure that it is able to continue its far reaching tour with a full complement of dancers.

 

Acting Chair, Alan Harrison said ‘I am delighted that we have secured such a high profile Chairman for this challenging and exciting phase of the Company’s development.  David brings with him a wealth of experience and contacts that will be invaluable to Northern Ballet.’

 

Sir David has been a corporate partner at Allen & Overy LLP since 1979. The international law firm is headquartered in London and has offices in 28 other countries. Sir David specialises in corporate finance and, in particular, mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, public and private takeovers, joint ventures and corporate governance.

 

During his time as Lord Mayor, Sir David was given a year’s sabbatical from Allen & Overy to allow him to devote his full commitment to the role in one of the most high profile years in recent times featuring both the Olympics and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. On returning to work he has been appointed as a Regional Ambassador for the firm including the Yorkshire Region.

 

Throughout his career Sir David has devoted considerable time to charitable, cultural and community activities. He is Chair of the Trustees of the Charles Dickens Museum, Music Patron of St Paul’s Cathedral and is a Governor of several educational institutions including Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Bradford Grammar School.

 

Sir David Wootton said ‘I am delighted to become Chair of Northern Ballet. I am impressed with the Company’s creativity, its imaginative artistic direction, its range of activities and its very competent and ambitious management. I look forward to meeting everyone involved and contributing to the Company’s development, regionally, nationally and internationally.’

Cupcakes & Conversation with Jessica Morgan, Northern Ballet

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Cupcakes & Conversation with Jessica Morgan, Northern Ballet

Jessica Morgan

Jessica Morgan

What motivates you at 8am on a Monday morning?

Not much! I am definitely not a morning person! However, once I have managed to peel myself from my bed and had my morning coffee I become excited about the prospect of another inspiring and creative week. It is my drive to continually better myself as an artist that motivates me.

Why ballet?

When I was younger I would follow my sister everywhere. She began ballet, so I followed. I was only three years old, I had no idea dance would turn into a life- long passion.

What are you looking forward to dancing during 2013 & what are the big challenges likely to be for you?

In 2013 we will be creating The Great Gatsby. This is so exciting, I am not only looking forward to creating new movement but I also enjoy researching the different characters and learning more about the fascinating era – I love everything about the 1920s!

I think the biggest challenge will be for all the dancers and the creative team to come each day with fresh ideas – the first stages of a ballet are always exciting and inspiring but can be particularly tiring, both physically and mentally.

Who would you most like to dance with & what would you dance?

I would love to dance the role of Cathy in David Nixon’s Wuthering Heights. My Heathcliff would have to be someone I am able to connect with on stage. I have seen many of the male Premier Dancers perform this ballet, each giving a very different portrayal and would consider myself very fortunate to perform opposite any of them.

The Nutcracker

If you could dance anywhere in the world (not only in a theatre), where would you dance?

It would be in my home town Newcastle, Australia for my Grandparents.

How do you prepare your pointe shoes?

I have always worn the same Freed pointe shoes and luckily I do not have to do much to them. I sew the ribbons and elastics on and cut the satin off the tip. I then put a generous amount of superglue on the sole and inside the box; I prefer superglue to shellac as it doesn’t melt with the heat.

What is your daily routine at the moment?

I always get to the theatre at least an hour before class; it takes my muscles and bones a little while to wake up! If I have time I do a quick cardio warm-up to get my blood pumping and I have a daily routine which involves a lot of exercises and stretching, ironing out any creases that have crept up on me from the previous day before I start at the barre. After class we either have a matinee performance or three hours of rehearsals before preparing for the evening show. After the performance I need time to wind down, when on tour this usually involves a dose of one of my TV programmes and when I’m at home I enjoy a nice hot bath and some quality time with my dog before heading to bed.

What do you eat during the course of a typical working day?

If I do not have a good breakfast you can guarantee I will be grumpy for the rest of the day! I always start with porridge or a bowl of cereal with soy yoghurt and a nice strong coffee. During the day I snack on things like fruit, nuts, oatcakes and energy bars and I always have plenty of water. Dinner varies; I am pescetarian so when I am at home it usually involves seafood and vegetables. I am guilty of having a big sweet tooth; my favourites are jelly beans and liquorice allsorts!

You can ask six famous people to dinner – who would you invite?

Miucca Prada, Bradley Cooper, Will Ferrell, Matthew Bellamy, Tim Minchin and Bruce Lee.

What would surprise people about you?

I love fashion! I have a subscription to Vogue and Elle and I spend far too much money on clothes!

Who inspired you to dance?

Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing!

What is your best piece of advice?

At the risk of sounding cliché, live everyday like it is your last. If you want something, work hard enough to achieve it. Do what makes you happy and spend your time with the people you love.

How do you prepare in the hours before a show?

I like to feel prepared and have a strict schedule! After I have had something to eat, I get my hair and my make-up done while listening to music (I always have my earphones in; my mood dictates what I listen to). As soon as the stage is available I am usually on it. I have a series of exercises I do and I roll out my muscles on a foam roller. I put my pointe shoes on at about the half, practice the movements I need to for the show and then finally put my costume on.

How do you deal with the stress of performing?

If I feel nervous my music normally calms me. A quick call to my mum at the half also always makes me feel better and a small prayer before I go on stage. Once I am out there nerves seem to disappear and I am able to enjoy the performance.

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Jessica Morgan in Ugly Duckling Photograph : Martin Bell

Which role has tested you the most & how?

I found the role of Myrtha in Giselle quite challenging. It requires a lot of stamina to get through the copious amounts of allegro and nerves of steel to carry out the first two penches whilst surrounded by dry ice!

If you were asked to design your own ballet costume, what would you create?

Something simple and flattering. I love watching all of the muscles working so a costume that shows off the legs and back would be my preference.

What do you look for in a dance partner?

Someone who fully commits to their character and is 100% involved in the story. It is fantastic when you can bounce off one another’s energy and draw the audience into your dance.

What is your favourite quote?

“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who had practiced one kick 10,000 times.” –Bruce Lee.

Do you have a ‘signature step’ – one that comes naturally to you?

I have always enjoyed turning and jumping. Being a tall dancer I love using a lot of space and really moving.

A phrase I use far too often is …?

“Can I get a soy, caramel latte?!”

What’s been your best on-stage moment so far?

Performing in Kenneth Tindall’s, Production Prize Winner, Project#1 in Hanover.

Do you have a secret skill which no-one knows about?

I love to bake! I make pretty awesome cupcakes!

In terms of your ballet career, where would you like to be in a year from now?

I hope I am still growing as an artist, learning new things and being inspired every day. A few more lead roles couldn’t hurt either!

What is your exit strategy, for the time when you stop dancing, and how did you plan it?

I am currently doing a degree with the Open University. I am very interested in sports psychology. Whatever I decide to do after my ballet career I know it will have to have some sort of physical element to it – I can only sit still for short periods of time!

Read more about Kenneth Tindall’s Project #1

Foam rollers are fabulous for stretching soft tissue and the fascia between skin and muscle.  I recommend buying a long roller, as there are so many ways to use it – you can even lie on it to stretch your arms. A shorter roller is useful for carrying about though! Don’t buy a soft roller – it should be hard and slightly uncomfortable when you roll over it, and spend as much as you can afford so that it lasts well.  Here are both :

Sadler’s Wells Spring 2013 Season

rtha Leebolt & Tobias Batley as Daisy & Gatsby in David Nixon's The Great Gatsby. Photo Jason Tozer.

Sadler’s Wells Spring 2013 Season

rtha Leebolt & Tobias Batley as Daisy & Gatsby in David Nixon's The Great Gatsby. Photo Jason Tozer.
rtha Leebolt & Tobias Batley as Daisy & Gatsby in David Nixon’s The Great Gatsby. Photo Jason Tozer.

The Spring 2013 season at Sadler’s Wells is on sale, and there are some treats in store.

The National Ballet of Canada will dance Alexei Ratmansky’s Romeo & Juliet from Wednesday 17th-Sunday 21st April, with tickets from £12 to £45.

The London Children’s Ballet present The Secret Garden, choreographed by Royal Ballet dancer Erico Montes from Thursday 25th – Sunday 28th April. Tickets are £14-£55.

Northern Ballet present David Nixon’s brand new full length ballet, The Great Gatsby, from Tuesday 14th – Saturday 18th May, with tickets £12 to £42. The company also presents their first production especially for children, Ugly Duckling on Friday 17th May. Tickets are £6.

Carlos Acosta returns with Classical Selection, billed as a night of classical pas de deux with some of his favourite dance partners from Tuesday 30th July – Sunday 4th August. Tickets are £15 – £85.

You can book tickets from today by phone 0844 412 4300 or online via the Sadler’s Wells website.

Northern Ballet to stage American classic The Great Gatsby

Northern Ballet to stage American classic The Great Gatsby

Northern Ballet’s new full length production, The Great Gatsby, is the must see ballet for 2013.

With choreography, direction and costumes by Artistic Director David Nixon OBE, co-direction by Patricia Doyle and sets by Jerôme Kaplan, The Great Gatsby promises to be a stunning retelling of one of the most compelling stories of the twentieth century.

 

The Great Gatsby will be adapted from the novel by F Scott Fitzgerald. On New York’s Long Island, in the heady, indulgent days of the 1920s, Nick Caraway comes to know his infamous neighbour Jay Gatsby – a mysterious millionaire with a secret past and a penchant for lavish parties. As the sparkling façade of Gatsby’s world begins to slip Caraway comes to see the loneliness, obsession and tragedy that lie beneath.

 

Creating new full length ballets is a mission of Northern Ballet’s and furthers the Company’s efforts to bring new audiences to dance.  David Nixon is prolific in creating new work and The Great Gatsby is his fourteenth new ballet for Northern Ballet, where he has been Artistic Director since 2001.  It follows on from his most recent successes, Beauty & the Beast and Cleopatra, both of which premièred in 2011.

 

The  current ‘Gatsby craze’ has seen a surge of popularity in the classic American novel with Gatsby inspired fashion on the catwalks, stage productions in London and the much anticipated Hollywood movie due to be released next year.

David said, ‘The Great Gatsby is a real American classic from an iconic era. The roaring twenties were a time of exuberance, indulgence, resilience, fashion, dancing and jazz. The story has everything for the makings of a great ballet: a love triangle, decadence, desperation and heartbreak.

I am proud of the fact that as a Company we produce and tour more new full-length work than any other ballet company in the UK.  Producing The Great Gatsby shows we tap into current trends, creating work audiences have an interest in at present.’

The Great Gatsby will have its World Première on Saturday 2 March 2013 at Leeds Grand Theatre.  

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 is a powerhouse for inventive dance. 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 is the largest purpose-built space for dance outside London.

 

 

Production Credits

The Great Gatsby

Choreography, Direction, Scenario, Costume Design: David Nixon

Co Direction, Scenario: Patricia Doyle

Set Design: Jerôme Kaplan

Lighting Design: Tim Mitchell

 

Tour Listings

 

Leeds Grand Theatre

Sat 2 – Sat 9 March 2013

Box Office: 0844 848 2700

 

Sheffield Lyceum Theatre

Tue 12 – Sat 16 March 2013

Box Office: 0114 249 6000

 

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Thu 21 – Sat 23 March 2013

Box office: 0131 529 6000

 

Hull New Theatre

Tue 2 – Sat 6 April

Box Office: 01482 300 300

 

Belfast Grand Opera House

Wed 10 – Sat 13 April

Box Office: 028 9024 1919

 

Milton Keynes Theatre

Tue 16 – Sat 20 April

Box Office: 0844 871 7652

 

Cardiff New Theatre

Tue 23 April – Sat 27 April

Box Office: 029 2087 8889

 

Norwich Theatre Royal

Tue 30 April – Sat 4 May 2013

Box Office: 01603 630 000

 

London Sadler’s Wells

Tue 14 – Sat 18 May 2013

Box office: 0844 412 4300

Northern Ballet BBC documentary to be broadcast in May

Northern Ballet BBC documentary to be broadcast in May

 

A documentary featuring Northern Ballet is to be broadcast on BBC2 on Saturday 26 May at 8.15pm.

‘Arts Troubleshooter’ is a two-part series which sees arts expert Michael Lynch[1] at two unique English arts organisations facing serious challenges. The first programme in the series follows Michael’s work with Northern Ballet in Leeds.

Northern Ballet was founded in Manchester in 1969, the first national ballet company to be located in the regions, and has been based in Leeds since 1996.  In that time it has grown to become one of the UK’s best loved companies and an important international cultural ambassador. It is renowned for creating new work and touring this throughout the UK and overseas reaching audiences who might otherwise not have access to world-class ballet.

In October 2010 after a wait of many years Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre moved into their new centre for dance at Quarry Hill in central Leeds. The building is the biggest centre of its type outside London and is the first to house both a ballet and a contemporary company of national standing.

Under the leadership of Chief Executive Mark Skipper and Artistic Director David Nixon OBE the Company continues to go from strength-to-strength. It has become one of the most important ballet companies in the UK – winning widespread critical acclaim, generating new audiences (during our autumn 2011 tour 35% of our audiences were first-time Northern Ballet attenders), and garnering numerous accolades.

‘Arts Troubleshooter’ was filmed during the course of 2011, both on tour and at Northern Ballet’s home in Leeds. It focuses on the Company’s efforts to address one of the immediate effects of the funding cuts: the potential loss of 10 dancers from the 40 strong Company .

On the threat of losing dancers David Nixon said: ‘Our dancers are at the heart of what we do. We are a small company with a big mission – we create more new work and tour more widely than any of the other ballet companies in the UK. To do this, and maintain the high standards for which we’re known, we need a full complement of 40 dancers.’

Northern Ballet’s initial response to the news was to develop the Buy Back a Dancer campaign, approaching major trusts and foundations. This was met with a positive response and quickly raised £150k from donors. With Michael Lynch on board the Company continued to hone and improve Buy Back a Dancer and an additional campaign – Sponsor a Dancer – was created. This is a public-facing campaign that is more hands-on in its activity and gives audiences the opportunity to get closer to the dancers.

The news of funding cuts in March 2011 cast a black cloud over what would otherwise be one on Northern Ballet’s most successful years to-date. The Company’s purpose-built home went on to win awards at the Civic Building of the Year and Leeds Architecture Awards as well as the Best Arts Project in the National Lottery Awards.  Two new productions were created and premièred – Cleopatra and Beauty & the Beast – which generated unprecedented ticket sales and widespread audience and critical acclaim.  In addition to Michael Lynch’s support in launching Sponsor a Dancer, Northern Ballet’s fundraising team secured funding for the Company’s next new production in 2013 – The Great Gatsby which will premiere in Leeds on 2 March– and a further new production for Christmas 2013. They also generated support for touring which means that Northern Ballet has not cut any of its regular tour dates in 2012.

The Sponsor a Dancer campaign has raised around £80,000 since its launch in October 2011, and has gone towards securing our full Company of 40 dancers for this year.

Chief Executive, Mark Skipper, said: ‘Northern Ballet has always received less government funding than any of the other major ballet companies in the UK, regardless of the level and range of work we do.  Consequently, our fundraising and marketing targets are routinely high. With the cuts in government funding the pressure has been on us to further increase box office sales in a time of reduced spending, and to generate higher levels of sponsorship on top of those we had already planned.

‘We’re not a Company that takes bad news lying down: we’ve worked extremely hard in the face of the cuts and the results have been worth the effort. We have been heartened and delighted at the levels of support and generosity people have shown, from all sectors. Particularly, we have found that Trusts and Foundations have been much more open to supporting a range of activities which in the past they might not have been able to including dancers salaries, touring costs and new work.

‘However, our concern is that this is not a sustainable situation. Although we have doubled our fundraising income through our own activity, which was a government objective for arts companies such as Northern Ballet, and have raised more than £1.2m towards our fundraising target of £1.8m for 2012/2015, we do not believe that private donations can replace public subsidy of the arts. The past year has certainly been tough, but the real challenge lies ahead.’

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.

 

Sponsor a Dancer

For as little as £30 you can sponsor a dancer of your choice and help to safeguard the future of Northern Ballet. Chose the dancer you wish to sponsor online at northernballet.com/sponsoradancer or contact our fundraising team on 0113 220 8000

 

The Great Gatsby

Choreographed by David Nixon OBE, The Great Gatsby is adapted from the classic novel by F Scott Fitzgerald. On New York’s Long Island, in the heady, indulgent days of the 1920s, Nick Caraway comes to know his infamous neighbour Jay Gatsby – a mysterious millionaire with a secret past and a penchant for lavish parties. As the sparkling façade of Gatsby’s world begins to slip Caraway comes to see the loneliness, obsession and tragedy that lie beneath.

 

World Première

The Great Gatsby

Leeds Grand Theatre

Saturday 2 – Sat 9 Mar 2013

0844 848 2700

 

Production Credits

Choreography, Direction, Scenario, Costume Design David Nixon
Co Direction, Scenario Patricia Doyle
Set Design Jerome Kaplan
Lighting Design Tim Mitchell


 

[1] Michael Lynch was Chief Executive of London’s Southbank Centre from 2002 to 2009, during which time he doubled visitor numbers, raised the cash to refurbish Royal Festival Hall and transformed Southbank Centre into the most dynamic arts centre in the world. Prior to that he ran the Sydney Opera House in his native Australia. He is currently Chief Executive of the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong: a HK$21.6billion project to transform the city’s artistic landscape.

 

THE WASHINGTON BALLET ANNOUNCES EXPANDED 2012.2013 SEASON: SEDUCTION

the washington ballet

THE WASHINGTON BALLET ANNOUNCES EXPANDED 2012.2013 SEASON: SEDUCTION

the washington ballet 

The Washington Ballet’s American Experience Initiative Includes the World Premiere of Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises

 

The Washington Ballet Increases Season to Include a Two-Week Run of Dracula at The Kennedy Center; a Fifth Subscription Gala Performance Program –Tour-de-Force; and Sunday Evening Subscriptions

Season Includes Four World and Three Company Premieres

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Ballet (TWB) announces its 2012.2013 Season: SEDUCTION. The Company’s 37th season features a number of new initiatives including The American Experience series and the world premiere of Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises; a two-week performance run of Michael Pink’s Dracula; and a fifth subscription-series program Tour-de-Force: Stars and Stripes.  Four world and three company premieres, diverse classical and contemporary repertoire, added performances and Sunday-evening subscription series, and a new virtuoso gala-performance program that celebrates the Company’s dancers, the new Washington Ballet Five-Series subscription season is designed to seduce audiences.

 

“I am looking forward to this provocative and engaging season which sees The Washington Ballet grow in a number of important ways, including lengthening our season and performance runs, as well as mounting significant world and company premieres,” stated Septime Webre, Artistic Director.

 

The 2012.2013 season opens in October at The Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater with the company premiere and an extended two-week run (October 24 – November 4, 2012) of Michael Pink’s critically-acclaimed Dracula. One of the entertainment events of the year, this wildly theatrical and voluptuous ballet has had audiences reaching for superlatives throughout England and in Atlanta, Milwaukee and Denver. For several years The Washington Ballet has enjoyed a steady increase in single ticket-buying audiences and sales, in particular the sold-out performances of ALICE (in wonderland) and the Great Gatsby. In response to the public’s positive reactions to these full-length productions, The Washington Ballet has decided to extend the performance run of this thrilling ballet and future major works to enable more audiences access to highly-anticipated Washington Ballet productions.

 

“After listening to inquiries from patrons who missed the opportunity to attend performances of ALICE and Gatsby because of limited dates or sold-out performances, the Ballet has decided to extend our performances of highly popular major productions from one to two weeks,” said Webre.

 

In February, the Ballet returns to Sidney Harman Hall at the Harman Center for two weeks with two separate programs. The first L’Amour (love, baby), opening February 13 with performances through the 17th, is a mixed repertory program by three exciting American choreographers about the many aspects of love. The world premiere of Dangerous Liaisons by David Palmer, set to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, is a high stakes game of opulent lust, passion and betrayal as only 18th century French aristocrats can play. Set to an alluring score by Philip Glass, Edwaard Liang’s dazzling Wunderland is known for its incredibly passionate partnerings. The program will also include a soon-to-be announced world premiere by one of the ballet world’s up-and-coming choreographers.

 

The Ballet unveils its second initiative, a fifth subscription program when it opens (February 21 through 24) Tour-de-Force, a new gala-style program that showcases TWB dancers in a series of virtuosic pas de deuxs, trois and quartets from classical and contemporary masterpieces. The first iteration of the reoccurring gala-style program pays tribute to the Presidential inaugural season with the evening’s centerpiece, Balanchine’s exuberantly patriotic Stars and Stripes.

 

Tour-de-Force: Stars and Stripes is a wonderful way to celebrate the virtuosity, grace, beauty, power and athleticism of The Washington Ballet dancers. These special programs will be crafted to showcase our dancers so audiences will get to know and appreciate their individual characteristics while enjoying some of the best of classical and contemporary dance,” stated Webre.

 

In March, the Ballet returns to The Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater with Septime Webre’s ravishing Cinderella. Opening March 20 with performances through March 24, Cinderella boasts Prokofiev’s lush score in a gorgeous retelling of this famous fairy tale. Storytelling at its finest – Cinderella’s magic pumpkins, evil stepsisters and swirling ballroom scenes crackle with wit, lavish costumes and dazzling dance.

 

Capitalizing on the adaptation of The Great Gatsby, TWB announces a new multi-year initiative entitled The Washington Ballet American Experience from which will derive a series of full-length ballets over the next several years. Through the American Experience, The Washington Ballet’s tradition of classical ballet and affinity for storytelling, especially the iconic American stories of the people around us, further develops what is becoming Washington Ballet’s uniquely American choreographic voice.

 

“The American Experience series brings together my passion for dance and my love of American literature, theater and art, much of which is very descriptive, lyrical and balletic. As the first of these new explorations into American culture, I am very excited about bringing Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises to the stage. The story is intriguing and perfect for our dancers who have begun to embody the roles of Jake Barnes, Brett Ashley, and the other expatriates in my imagination. Subsequent titles are still in development and may include explorations into the works of Henry James, Tennessee Williams, Langston Hughes and others.”

 

The Washington Ballet closes the season with Septime Webre’s Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises, a new balletic retelling of one of the great American novels, May 8 through 12, at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater. Considered by many to be Hemingway’s finest novel, the story follows an American journalist and the ‘lost generation” of 1920s American expatriates from Paris’ cafes on the Westbank to a thrilling “running of the bulls” at the Pamplona festival.

 

The season is complemented with Septime Webre’s holiday must-see production of The Nutcracker in November and December. The Nutcracker returns to THEARC Theater for five performances November 23 through 25. On November 29, The Nutcracker opens a four-week run at the celebrated Warner Theatre. Set in historic Georgetown and starring George Washington as the heroic Nutcracker, Webre’s acclaimed production is a Washington, DC tradition that enchants audiences of all ages.

 

The Washington Ballet’s Family Series begins with The Nutcracker on December 1 and 2 and continues with Stars & Stripes/KIDS, a special Tour-de-Force program showcasing the Studio Company and guests from the Company’s celebrated School of Ballet for one performance only on February 23 at The Harman Center. Septime Webre’s lively and hilarious adaptation of Cinderella on March 23 and 24 at the Kennedy Center and Peter and the Wolf, performed by the Studio Company May 18 and 19 at THEARC Theater, rounds out the season’s Family Series

 

Subscriptions, priced from $106 to $478, are now on sale and can be purchased by visiting the Washington Ballet’s website or by calling 202.362.3606 x605. Five-Series subscription packages include Dracula, L ’Amour (love, baby), Tour-de-Force: Stars & Stripes; Cinderella and Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises. Family Series subscription packages include The Nutcracker, Stars & Stripes/KIDS, Cinderella and Peter and the Wolf. Additionally, subscribers may add inthewings, the highly-popular speaker series that provides insight into the creation of TWB productions to their subscriptions. Single tickets will go on sale on September 10, 2012 (tentative).

THE WASHINGTON BALLET SEASON OVERVIEW

 

Dracula (1996)

(Company Premiere)

One of the entertainment events of the year, The Washington Ballet presents Michael Pink’s chilling blockbuster Dracula. This wildly theatrical and voluptuous ballet is a breathtaking story of passion, yearning, cruelty and sacrifice. Dracula stakes its claim as this Halloween’s most thrilling adventure. Pink’s Count is a mesmerizing seducer of the darkest order, providing a fresh interpretation of one of Western culture’s most haunting stories.

 

Wednesday, October 24, at 7:30PM (Preview)

Thursday, October 25 at 7:30PM (Opening)

Friday, October 26 at 7:30PM

Saturday, October 27 at 1:30 PM and 7:30PM

Sunday, October 28 at 1:30 PM and 7:30PM

Wednesday, October 31 at 7:30PM

Thursday, November 1 at 7:30PM

Friday, November 2 at 7:30PM

Saturday, November 3 at 1:30 and 7:30PM

Sunday, November 4 at 1:30PM

 

Music: Philip Feeney

Choreography: Michael Pink

Sets & Costumes: Lez Brotherston

Lighting: Paul Pyant

Performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Eisenhower Theater

 

 

The Nutcracker (2004)

Septime Webre’s critically acclaimed The Nutcracker transports us back in time to historic Washington, DC and stars George Washington as the heroic Nutcracker. Full of swirling snowflakes, magnificent sets and costumes and Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, the curtain rises and the stage bursts with waltzing cherry blossoms, dancing sugar plums and other enchanting adaptations that have made Webre’s Nutcracker a Washington tradition with raves from critics and sold-out crowds.

 

Thursday, November 29 at 7PM (Preview)
Friday, November 30 at 7PM (Opening)
Saturday, December 1 at 2PM & 7PM
Sunday, December 2 at 1PM
Wednesday, December 5 at 7PM
Thursday, December 6 at 7PM
Friday, December 7 at 7PM
Saturday, December 8 at 2PM & 7PM
Sunday, December 9 at 1PM & 5:30PM
Wednesday, December 12 at 7PM
Thursday, December 13 at 7PM
Friday, December 14 at 7PM
Saturday, December 15 at 2PM & 7PM
Sunday, December 16 at 1PM & 5:30PM
Tuesday, December 18 at 7PM
Wednesday, December 19 at 7PM
Thursday, December 20 at 7PM
Friday, December 21 at 2PM & 7PM
Saturday, December 22 at  2PM & 7PM

Sunday, December 23 at 1PM & 5:30PM

 

Music by Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky

Choreography by Septime Webre

Scenic Design by Peter Horne

Costume Design by Judanna Lynn

Lighting Design by Tony Tucci

Performed at the Warner Theatre

 

 

L ‘Amour (love, baby)

From three of today’s most exciting choreographers come stories about the many aspects of love.  Dangerous Liaison, a world premiere by David Palmer, is a high stakes game of opulent lust, passion and betrayal as only 18th century French aristocrats can play. Set to Vivaldi’s lush Four Seasons, The Marquise challenges Valmont to seduce an innocent girl before she marries. Set to an alluring score by Philip Glass, Edwaard Liang’s dazzling Wunderland evokes a myriad of feelings, especially longing in its incredibly passionate partnerings. And, a soon to be announced world premiere on the theme of “love” by one of the ballet world’s up-and-coming choreographers.

 

Wednesday, February 13, 7:30PM (Preview)

Thursday, February 14, 7:30PM (Opening)

Friday, February 15, 7:30PM

Saturday, February 16, 2:30PM & 7:30PM

Sunday, February 17, 1PM & 6PM

Performed at The Harman Center, Sidney Harman Hall

 

Dangerous Liaisons (2013)

World Premiere

Music: Antonio Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

Choreography: David Palmer

 

Wunderland (2009)

Music: Philip Glass

Choreography: Edwaard Liang

 

 

Tour-de-Force: Stars & Stripes

With its first Tour-de-Force showcase evening of classical and contemporary works, The Washington Ballet pays tribute to the Presidential inaugural season. The evening begins with magnificent excerpts of classical ballets (Le Corsaire and Don Quixote) and contemporary masterpieces (Opposites Distract). Set to the marches of Conrad Sousa, the evening’s centerpiece, Balanchine’s exuberantly patriotic Stars and Stripes, contains as much pure dance as many full-length ballets.  

 

Thursday, February 21, 7:30PM (Preview)

Friday, February 22, 7:30PM (Opening)

Saturday, February 23, 2:30PM (Stars & Stripes/KIDS) & 7:30PM

Sunday, February 24, 1PM & 6PM

Performed at The Harman Center, Sidney Harman Hall

 

Program includes excerpts from:

Le Corsaire (1856)

Music: Adolphe Adam, Cesare Pugni, Léo Delibes, Riccardo Drigo, Prince Oldenburg

Choreography: Anna Marie Holmes after Marius Petipa and Konstantin Sergeyev

 

Don Quixote (1869)

Music: Leon
Minkus

Choreography: Anna Marie Holmes after Marius Petipa and Alexander Grosky

 

Opposites Distract (1999)

(Company Premiere)

Music: Ottmar Leibert

Choreography: Elaine Kudo

 

Stars and Stripes (1958)

(Company Premiere)

Music: Conrad Sousa

Choreography: George Balanchine

 

 

Cinderella (2003)

Septime Webre’s Cinderella combines magnificent beauty, ravishing costumes and Prokofiev’s ultra-lush score in the retelling of this popular romance of a poor girl whose fairy godmother helps her win the love of a Prince. Storytelling at its finest—magic pumpkins, evil step-sisters and handsome courtiers in a swirling mirrored ballroom scene from Versailles. Crackling with wit, lavish costumes and dazzling dance, Cinderella will sweep you off your feet

 

Wednesday, March 20, 7:30PM (Preview)

Thursday, March 21, 7:30PM (Opening)

Friday, March 22, 7:30PM

Saturday, March 23, 1:30PM & 7:30PM

Sunday, March 24, 1:30PM & 7:30PM

 

Music: Sergei Prokofiev

Choreography: Septime Webre

Sets: James Kronzer

Costumes: Judanna Lynn

Lighting: Joshua Michaels

Performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Eisenhower Theater

 

 

Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises (2013)

(World Premiere)

As part of The Washington Ballet American Experience, TWB unveils a new ballet based on Ernest Hemingway’s American classic, The Sun Also Rises. Considered by many to be his finest novel, the story follows an American journalist, Jake Barnes, a member of the “lost generation” of 1920s American expatriates, from the seedy café life of Paris’ Westbank to the thrilling “running of the bulls” at the Pamplona Festival. Through the extraordinary vision and choreography of Septime Webre, this newest exploration into the American literary canon will capture the imagination of dance lovers everywhere.

 

Wednesday, May 8, 7:30PM (Preview)

Thursday, May 9, 7:30PM (Opening)

Friday, May 10, 7:30PM

Saturday, May 11, 1:30PM & 7:30PM

Sunday, May 12, 1:30PM & 7:30PM

Choreography: Septime Webre

Performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Eisenhower Theater

 

 

Peter and the  Wolf (2006)

Against his grandfather’s wishes, brave Peter sets out to capture a wolf. Along the way he encounters some animal friends and becomes the hero of his village. Based on the popular Russian children’s story and set to Prokofiev’s world-famous music, this captivating ballet performed by The Washington Ballet Studio Company in the intimate THEARC Theater, will delight audiences of all ages.

 

Saturday, May 18, 1PM & 5:30PM

Sunday, May 19, 1PM & 5:30PM

 

Music: Sergei Prokofiev

Choreography: Brian Reeder

Performed at THEARC Theater

 

SUBSCRIPTIONS

Five-Series and Family Series subscriptions range in price from $106 to $478, depending on seat location and date of performance. To subscribe, visit Washington Ballet’s website or call 202.362.3606 x605.

 

SINGLE TICKETS

Single tickets for the 2011.2012 Season go on sale September 10 (tentative) and may be purchased online or via the Kennedy Centre website.

 

ABOUT THE WASHINGTON BALLET

Originally founded as The Washington School of Ballet in 1944 by legendary ballet pioneer Mary Day and incorporated as a professional company in 1976, The Washington Ballet (TWB) is one of the pre-eminent ballet organizations in the United States.  TWB built an international reputation presenting bold works by choreographers from around the world, including Choo-San Goh, Christopher Wheeldon, Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp and Nacho Duato, as well as Neoclassical masterworks and fresh stagings of 19th century classics. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Septime Webre and Executive Director Peter M. Branch, TWB has embraced a three-part mission: ensuring excellence in its professional performance company; growing the next generation of dancers through its Washington School of Ballet; and serving the community in which it resides through robust community engagement programs. 

 

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Northern Ballet to stage American classic The Great Gatsby

Northern Ballet to stage American classic The Great Gatsby

Northern Ballet is thrilled to announce an exciting new full-length ballet, The Great Gatsby, for 2013.

 

Choreographed by David Nixon OBE, the ballet will be adapted from the classic novel by F Scott Fitzgerald. On New York’s Long Island, in the heady, indulgent days of the 1920s, Nick Caraway comes to know his infamous neighbour Jay Gatsby – a mysterious millionaire with a secret past and a penchant for lavish parties. As the sparkling façade of Gatsby’s world begins to slip Caraway comes to see the loneliness, obsession and tragedy that lie beneath.

 

With choreography, direction and costumes by David Nixon, co-direction by Patricia Doyle and sets by Jerome Kaplan, the Great Gatsby promises to be a stunning retelling of one of the most compelling stories of the twentieth century.

 

This is David Nixon’s fourteenth new ballet for Northern Ballet, where he has been Artistic Director since 2001, and it follows on from his most recent successes,  Beauty & the Beast and Cleopatra, both of which premièred in 2011.

 

The Great Gatsby will have its World Première on Saturday 2 March 2013 at Leeds Grand Theatre.  

THE WASHINGTON BALLET ANNOUNCES 2011.2012 SEASON: SPELLBOUND

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THE WASHINGTON BALLET ANNOUNCES 2011.2012 SEASON: SPELLBOUND

Season features a return to the Kennedy Center for all 4-Series Performances!

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Ballet (TWB) announces its 2011.2012 Season: SPELLBOUND. Featuring a diverse repertoire of company and world premieres designed to enthrall the imaginations of audiences, the 4-Series subscription season is entirely presented at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Eisenhower Theater. In November, the company revives Artistic Director Septime Webre’s critically-acclaimed adaptation of The Great Gatsby. This December, TWB celebrates its 50th Anniversary of The Nutcracker with the company’s popular, DC-inspired holiday production at the historic Warner Theatre. In homage to one of America’s reigning creators of contemporary dance, TWB mounts its first all-Twyla Tharp program, All-American THARP, featuring her classic Nine Sinatra Songs, company premiere Waterbaby Bagatelles, and another exciting work by Ms. Tharp in February 2012. In April, TWB presents the world premiere of ALICE (in wonderland), featuring Mr. Webre’s innovative artistic vision with set designs by Vandal (Cirque du Soleil’s OVO) and a new composition by Matthew Pierce. The season closes in May with an all-new ¡Noche Latina!, a mixed repertory program including world premieres by Edwaard Liang and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, the company premiere of Trey McIntyre’s Like a Samba and the Spanish-themed Don Quixote pas des deux.

“The 2011.2012 season reflects the mesmerizing qualities of dance in a way that will spark the imagination of our audiences,” said Artistic Director Septime Webre. “From the fanciful ALICE (in wonderland) to the invigorating ¡Noche Latina!, dance-lovers will be taken on a journey full of magical surprises!”     

The season is supplemented with a newly-expanded Family Series. TWB’s Studio Company will premiere Once Upon a Time, featuring four world premieres based on fairytales from around the world March 3 and 4 at THEARC Theater in Anacostia. The Ballet will also collaborate with Imagination Stage on a new dance-theater-musical-piece, THE LION, THE WITCH & THE WARDROBE, June 2012 at Imagination Stage.

Subscriptions, priced from $60 to $375, are now on sale and can be purchased by visiting washingtonballet.org or by calling 202.362.3606 x605. 4-Series subscription packages include The Great Gatsby, All-American THARP, ALICE (in wonderland) and ¡Noche Latina! Family Series subscription packages include ALICE (in wonderland), The Nutcracker, Once Upon a Time and THE LION, THE WITCH & THE WARDROBE. Additionally, subscribers may also add inthewings, the highly-popular speaker series that provides insight into the creation of TWB productions. Single tickets will go on sale on September 9, 2011 (tentative).

THE WASHINGTON BALLET SEASON OVERVIEW

The Great Gatsby (2010)

Septime Webre’s “crazily ambitious, go for broke” (The Washington Post) blockbuster, The Great Gatsby, is back by popular demand. The jazz-age splendor immortalized in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s story about obsession, wealth and excess in the Roaring Twenties is brought to life through brilliant choreography and Billy Novick’s live jazz ensemble.

Wednesday, November 2 at 8 PM (Preview)

Thursday, November 3 at 8 PM (Opening)

Friday, November 4 at 8 PM

Saturday, November 5 at 2:30 PM and 8 PM

Sunday, November 6 at 1:30 PM and 6:30 PM

Music: Compiled, composed and arranged by Billy Novick

Performed by Billy Novick’s Blue Syncopators

Choreography by Septime Webre

Scenic & Costume Design by Peter Farmer

Lighting Design by Jeff Bruckerhoff

Performed at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Eisenhower Theater

The Nutcracker (2004)

For 50 years, generations of Washingtonians have grown up loving—and introducing loved ones to—TWB’s The NutcrackerIn this 50th anniversary year, Mr. Webre pays homage to founder Mary Day by excerpting parts of her original 1961 production and incorporating them into his beloved 2004 Washington-themed staging.  Discover, rediscover, celebrate this all-American Nutcracker production December 1 through 24, 2011 at the historic Warner Theatre.

Thursday, December 1 at 7 PM
Friday, December 2 at 7 PM
Saturday, December 3 at 2 PM & 7 PM
Sunday, December 4 at 1 PM
Wednesday, December 7 at 7 PM
Thursday, December 8 at 7 PM
Friday, December 9 at 7 PM
Saturday, December 10 at 2 PM & 7 PM
Sunday, December 11 at 1 PM & 5:30 PM
Tuesday, December 13 at 7 PM
Wednesday, December 14 at 7 PM
Thursday, December 15 at 7 PM
Friday, December 16 at 7 PM
Saturday, December 17 at 2 PM & 7 PM
Sunday, December 18 at 1 PM & 5:30 PM 
Tuesday, December 20 at 7 PM
Wednesday, December 21 at 7 PM
Thursday, December 22 at 2 PM & 7 PM
Friday, December 23 at 2 PM & 7 PM
Saturday, December 24 at 11 AM & 3:30 PM

Music by Pytor Ilych Tchaikovsky

Choreography by Septime Webre

Scenic Design by Peter Horne

Costume Design by Judanna Lynn

Lighting Design by Tony Tucci

Performed at the Warner Theatre

All-American THARP

The Washington Ballet mounts its first all-Twyla Tharp program, All-American THARP.  Showcasing works from two decades of Ms. Tharp’s prodigious career, including Nine Sinatra Songs and Waterbaby Bagatelles.

Wednesday, February 22, 8 PM (Preview)

Thursday, February 23, 8 PM (Opening)

Friday, February 24, 8 PM

Saturday, February 25, 2:30 PM & 8 PM

Sunday, February 26, 1:30 PM & 6:30 PM

Performed at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Eisenhower Theater

Waterbaby Bagatelles (1994)

Company Premiere

Music: 20th-century bagatelles (Anton Webern: Sehr langsam, excerpt from Six Bagatelles, Op. 9; Kevin Volans: White Man Sleeps #5; John Lurie: Bella by Barlight; David Lang: The Anvil Chorus; Astor Piazzolla: Fear, from Five Tango Sensations; Mickey Hart: The Hunt; John Adams: On the Dominant Divide [Part II of Grand Pianola Music]) 

Choreography by Twyla Tharp

Scenic and Costume Design by Santo Loquasto

Lighting Design by Jennifer Tipton

Nine Sinatra Songs (1982)

Music is a selection of Frank Sinatra songs

Choreography by Twyla Tharp

Scenic Design by Santo Loquasto

Costume Design by Oscar de la Renta

Once Upon a Time

World Premiere

Inspired by fairytales from around the world, Once Upon a Time features the rising stars of The Washington Ballet Studio Company. The program features a collection of new productions and four world premieres from TWB’s David Palmer, Monique Meunier, Carlos Válcarcel and Andile Ndlovu.

Saturday, March 3, 1 PM & 5:30 PM

Sunday, March 4, 1 PM & 5:30 PM

Choreography by David Palmer, Monique Meunier, Carlos Válcarcel and Andile Ndlovu

Performed at THEARC Theater

ALICE (in wonderland)

World Premiere

Audiences will be taken on a magical journey with the world premiere of Septime Webre’s ALICE (in wonderland). Never before has The Washington Ballet combined such forces to create a new full-length ballet. From Mr. Webre’s revolutionary vision, designer Vandal (Cirque du Soleil’s OVO) and composer Matthew Pierce, comes a spectacularly re-imagined take on Lewis Carroll’s classic. Enter the magical world of Alice’s misadventures, splendidly costumed and gloriously danced…an unforgettable journey down the rabbit hole and the season’s grandest production!

Wednesday, April 11, 7:30 PM (Preview)

Thursday, April 12, 7:30 PM (Opening)

Friday, April 13, 7:30 PM

Saturday, April 14, 2:30 PM & 7:30 PM

Sunday, April 15, 1:30 PM & 7:30 PM

Music by Matthew Pierce

Choreography by Septime Webre

Scenic and Costume Design by Vandal

Performed at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Eisenhower Theater

¡Noche Latina!

Mixed repertory program

TWB turns up the heat with ¡Noche Latina!, a program that promises to be a sizzling celebration of Latin American music, dance and culture. Experience passion, romance and drop dead gorgeous contemporary dance by some of the worlds’ most celebrated and visionary dance makers. The program includes world premieres by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Edwaard Liang, and the company premiere of Trey McIntyre’s Like a Samba.

Wednesday, May 9, 8 PM (Preview)

Thursday, May 10, 8 PM (Opening)

Friday, May 11, 8 PM

Saturday, May 12, 2:30 PM & 8 PM

Sunday, May 13, 1:30 PM & 7:30 PM

Performed at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Eisenhower Theater

World Premiere

Choreography by Edwaard Liang

World Premiere

Choreography by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

Like a Samba (1997)

Company Premiere

Music by Astrud Gilberto

Choreography by Trey McIntyre

Costumes by Jan Elam

Lighting by Michael Mazzola

THE LION, THE WITCH & THE WARDROBE

World Premiere

In a bold collaboration with The Washington Ballet’s Septime Webre and David Palmer, Imagination Stage’s Janet Stanford and composer Matthew Pierce create a new family-friendly dance-theatre-musical based on C.S. Lewis’ venerated fantasy.  Join Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter as they voyage into the magical world of Narnia.

June 2012

Music by Matthew Pierce

Choreography by Septime Webre and David Palmer

Performed at Imagination Stage

SUBSCRIPTIONS

Full season 4-Series and Family Series subscriptions to four productions, range in price from $60 to $375, depending on seat location and date of performance. To subscribe, visit washingtonballet.org or call 202.362.3606 x605.

SINGLE TICKETS

Single tickets for the 2011.2012 Season go on sale September 9 (tentative) and may be purchased by visiting washingtonballet.org or kennedy-center.org.

 ABOUT THE WASHINGTON BALLET

Originally founded as The Washington School of Ballet in 1944 by legendary ballet pioneer Mary Day and incorporated as a professional company in 1976, The Washington Ballet (TWB) is one of the pre-eminent ballet organizations in the United States.  TWB built an international reputation presenting bold works by choreographers from around the world, including Choo-San Goh, Christopher Wheeldon, Mark Morris, Twyla Tharp and Nacho Duato, as well as Neoclassical masterworks and fresh stagings of 19th century classics. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Septime Webre and Executive Director Russell P. Allen, TWB has embraced a three-part mission: ensuring excellence in its professional performance company; growing the next generation of dancers through its Washington School of Ballet; and serving the community in which it resides through robust community engagement programs.  For more information, visit www.washingtonballet.org.