★★★★✰ This is Northern Ballet firing on all dramatic cylinders – a fine show made great by the entire company.
“He lived a life of excess and theatrical flare!” Kenneth Tindall on Casanova.
It’s a significant accomplishment – Watkins has really marked his card.
Batley’s Dracula is a towering presence, subtly portraying the torment between evil and desire; the seducer and the seduced.
Overall I thought this was another move forward for Tindall – he can grab our attention theatrically and also provide visceral choreographic texture.
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.