Northern Ballet is returning to the stage

Northern Ballet will perform three different hour-long mixed programmes at Leeds Playhouse later this month. It will mark the company’s first live performances in more than seven months! The mixed programmes are happening from 21st – 24th October. The first mixed programme will include excerpts from ballet classics including Don QuixoteSwan LakeLe Corsaire and Giselle.

A Celebration of Artistic Director David Nixon OBE on 22nd October celebrates 20 years of Artistic Director David Nixon OBE’s creations for the Company including excerpts from The Great Gatsby, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Little Mermaid. The final mixed programme, Contemporary Cuts will be performed on 23rd and 24th October including excerpts from 1984I Got Rhythm and a new work by Northern Ballet Choreographer in Residence Kenneth Tindall.

Then, from 28th – 31st October Northern Ballet will hold full-length performances of David Nixon OBE’s Dangerous Liaisons. It tells the tale of two bored aristocrats as they spin a web of heartbreak and ruin.

The performances will respect the current guidelines, with audience members also adhering to government advice and restrictions.

Pretty much all performances will include live music played by the Northern Ballet Sinfonia. There won’t be sets, but there’ll be full costume – exciting stuff!

The performances will respect the current guidelines, with audience members also adhering to government advice and restrictions.

David Nixon OBE said: “Although we are still far from business-as-usual, we are thrilled to be able to return to the stage and present a significant run of live performances. This year has been incredibly difficult for everyone and the arts is one industry that has been badly affected by COVID-19. It is vital for our dancers to be able to return to performing and we feel fortunate that they are now able to do so. We recognise the challenges faced by our industry in ensuring the safety of staff and patrons and the financial viability of holding performances with reduced socially distanced audiences. So many arts organisations are still fighting for their existence and countless people have been made redundant. We hope that successfully holding our performances will contribute to setting a path for the curtain to lift on more live performance across the UK.

“We don’t know what the coming months will bring for our company, or the industry as a whole. However, we are continuing to liaise with our venue partners and explore more opportunities for live performance in the coming months. For now, we hope our audiences will feel safe and confident to join us at Leeds Playhouse, support our industry and have a brief escape from the uncertainty of the times that dance can so beautifully provide.”

To book your tickets, visit the Leeds Playhouse website.

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