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Giuliano Contadini with Hannah Bateman as Henriette in Casanova.© Emma Kauldhar. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – Casanova – Leeds

★★★★✰   This is Northern Ballet firing on all dramatic cylinders – a fine show made great by the entire company.

Elisha Willis and Iain Mackay in John Cranko's The Taming of the Shrew.© Andy Ross. (Click image for larger version)

Birmingham Royal Ballet: Taming of the Shrew (Birmingham) and Northern Ballet: Jane Eyre (Leicester)

★★★✰✰ for BRB’s troublesome fun packed Taming of the Shrew and ★★★★✰ Northern Ballet’s Jane Eyre with Hannah Bateman in the lead…

Kenneth Tindall.© Christina Birrer. (Click image for larger version)

5 Questions to Kenneth Tindall about his new Casanova for Northern Ballet

“He lived a life of excess and theatrical flare!” Kenneth Tindall on Casanova.

Thomas Whitehead in Liam Scarlett's Frankenstein.© Dave Morgan, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Royal Ballet – Frankenstein – London

★★★✰✰   Liam Scarlett treats Mary Shelley’s 1818 gothic horror novel, Frankenstein, as essentially a domestic drama.

Northern Ballet in Swan Lake.© Emma Kauldhar. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – Swan Lake – Milton Keynes

★★★✰✰   Although David Nixon authored this ballet long before Lord Grantham was a twinkle in Julian Fellowes’ eye, it certainly provides an inkling of Swan Lake meets Downton Abbey.

Northern Ballet in The Nutcracker.© Emma Kauldhar. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – Nutcracker – Woking

Seeing Northern Ballet’s Nutcracker is a lot like going to a favourite local trattoria. It’s not incredibly fancy but the base ingredients are rather good – in this case the dancers and music…

David Drew in his later years - here as the Duke of Courland in Giselle.© John Ross, courtesy the Royal Opera House. (Click image for larger version)

Obituary: David Drew, Royal Ballet Principal, with the company 56 years

David Drew, for 56 years a member of The Royal Ballet, has died after a long battle with illness. He described himself as one of a ‘bridge generation’ of dancers. The longevity of his career meant that he worked with many figures from the Ballets Russees – but also taught many dancers and choreographers working today.

Jonathan Watkins.© Johan Persson. (Click image for larger version)

Jonathan Watkins – Choreographer, on his new 1984 for Northern Ballet

5 Questions to Jonathan Watkins about his new 1984 for Northern Ballet – premiering 5 September in Leeds…

Pippa Moore in Madame Butterfly.© Merlin Hendy. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – Madame Butterfly, Perpetuum Mobile – London

Madame Butterfly is one of Nixon’s most effective narrative productions, combining japonaiserie with classical ballet conventions…

Rachael Gillespie in Madame Butterfly.© Dave Morgan. (Click image for larger version)

Gallery – Northern Ballet in Madame Butterfly

Gallery by Dave Morgan…

Northern Ballet in A Northern Trilogy.© Emma Kauldhar. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – Angels in the Architecture, Perpetuum Mobile, Little Monsters, Northern Trilogy, The Architect – London

Good to see Northern Ballet back at the Royal Opera House with a mixed bill of 5 new and old works, rather different to the full evening dramatic ballets with which they tour the nation.

Tobias Batley as Gatsby, Martha Leebolt as Daisy and Guiliano Contadini as Nick in The Great Gatsby.© E. Kauldhar. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – The Great Gatsby – London

David Nixon must be able to lay claim to being the most prolific creator of full-length narrative ballets at work today…

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Northern Ballet to reach new audiences through extended tour

Northern Ballet is delighted to announce it will introduce a new strand of touring from 2015, widening the Company’s already extensive reach to an impressive 500,000 people from 2015 – 2018.

Tobias Batley as Dracula and Martha Leebolt as Mina in Dracula.© Justin Slee. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – Dracula – Leeds

Batley’s Dracula is a towering presence, subtly portraying the torment between evil and desire; the seducer and the seduced.

Tobias Batley (Jay Gatsby) and Martha Leebolt (Daisy Buchanan) in The Great Gatsby.© Bill Cooper. (Click image for larger version)

Northern Ballet – The Great Gatsby – London

The ballet succeeds most in its incidental scenes – though everything is presented fortissimo. Most clever is the way in which Nixon depicts Myrtle and George Wilson …The performances of Benjamin Mitchell and Victoria Sibson were the strongest of the evening.

Poster image for the 2012 festival. © Festival Internacional de Ballet de La Habana 2012. (Click image for larger version)

23rd International Ballet Festival of Havana, 2012

The festival was as intensive as ever, with three performances running on seven days, four on one day, some concurrently. The range and quality of dance overall was impressive.

Northern Ballet – Perpetual Motion mixed bill – Leeds

This was a pleasant night, pleasant for its broad content but especially pleasant because mixed bills and choreographic variety are not something normally associated with Northern Ballet. It’s a time of great hardship for all the major companies as grants are pegged back and I hope the company will continue its journey in introducing more variety like this.

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