<img src="http://www.nbt.co.uk/website/images/AMSNDhome.gif" alt="" /> SPRING/SUMMER 2004 NATIONAL TOUR
Excitement, Entertainment, Excellence
Northern Ballet Theatre launches the Spring/Summer National Tour 2004 on Saturday 14th February at the Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House, with the World Première of a new adaptation of Swan Lake choreographed by Artistic Director David Nixon. The UK-wide tour, spanning five months and over 11,000 miles, also includes Nixon’s distinctive and highly acclaimed interpretation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and an exciting mixed programme comprising Nacho Duato’s Jardi Tancat, Val Caniparoli’s Lambarena and a new piece created especially for Northern Ballet Theatre by Cathy Marston. Swan Lake – World Première 14th February 2004, followed by UK tour.
David Nixon’s Swan Lake explores the depths of the legendary lake and the mythological swan-like women said to reside there. Set in New England at the start of the twentieth century, a time of long, lazy summers and old world grace. Here, a young boy playing by the lake stumbles across a dead swan lying by the body of a young man, an experience that leaves a lasting impression on his mind. Years later and fully-grown, the young man enjoys his last carefree summer; struggling with his transformation into adulthood, the awakening of new loves and the loss of innocent friendships. As he walks in contemplative mood by the lake he is disturbed by movements in the water and a curious and beautiful young woman - his fate now sealed, he falls hopelessly and helplessly in love with her.
Tchaikovsky’s inimitable score never fails to strike at the very core of our emotions and the Northern Ballet Theatre Orchestra play a powerful and deft orchestration by John Longstaff, whose recent work includes acclaimed arrangements for A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Madame Butterfly. In his role as designer, David Nixon works with scenic artist David Gillan and an array of skilled costume makers, to create a look that is atmospheric and hauntingly beautiful. Drama Associate, Patricia Doyle, returns to the company to complete David’s talented team. A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Continuing national tour
Choreographer and director David Nixon, takes Shakespeare’s most popular romantic comedy and with the assistance of co-director Patricia Doyle turns it on its head and relocates the action to a touring ballet company in the late 1940’s. The world première of this widely acclaimed production played to packed houses at Leeds’ West Yorkshire Playhouse and delighted capacity audiences at every venue on its first tour. .
“Spectacular is the word for Northern Ballet Theatre's A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Praised for its invention, witty choreography and assured performances by Northern Ballet Theatre’s dancers the production also focussed attention on the talents of set designer, Duncan Hayler. Visually satisfying and ingenious, Hayler’s sets take the audience on a fantastic journey that’s out of this world; complemented by David Nixon’s elegant and eye-catching costumes, reflecting the post-war femininity and chic of Dior’s ‘New Look’. Set to music by Mendelssohn and Brahms, arranged by John Longstaff, this new three-act ballet recommences a national tour taking in the capital cities of Edinburgh and London, as well as Sheffield, Milton Keynes and Woking.
“Nixon piles on the jokes magnificently...maximum stage magic..
a smart, entertaining evening."
The Guardian Mixed Programme – Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House
When David Nixon joined Northern Ballet Theatre he set out to introduce his dancers and UK audiences, to a range of stimulating works from the world stage and in this mixed programme, being performed exclusively at Leeds Grand Theatre & Opera House, he brings together an exciting diversity of cultures and dance styles. The endurance and spirit of the Catalan people is celebrated in Nacho Duato’s Jardi Tancat, performed to the unforgettable vocals of Maria del Mar Bonet. Northern Ballet Theatre was the first British dance company to perform Jardi Tancat on its first visit in 2000 and, similarly, will also be the first in the country to perform Val Caniparoli’s Lambarena. Lambarena is a thrilling fusion of African dance and ballet, choreographed and conceived by Val Caniparoli, resident choreographer at San Francisco Ballet, and performed to music by Johann Sebastian Bach and traditional African rhythms. Finally the programme is completed with a new commission, by Cathy Marston, nominated in the forthcoming National Dance Critic’s Circle Awards for her choreography for English National Ballet and ROH2. Her new work for Northern Ballet Theatre, as yet un-named, will use the music of Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu. Further details available in the New Year.
For comprehensive information about the company, dancers and tour www.northernballettheatre.co.uk SPRING/SUMMER 2004 Touring Details SWAN LAKE
Leeds, World Premiere, Grand heatre & Opera House from Saturday 14 - Saturday 21st February 2004. Call 0113 222 6 222 for more details or visit the website at: www.leeds.gov.uk/GrandTheatre
Nottingham, Theatre Royal from Tuesday 2 - Saturday 6 March 2004. Call 0115 989 5555 for more details or visit the website at: www.royalcentre-nottingham.co.uk
Norwich, Theatre Royal from Tuesday 4 - Saturday 8 May 2004. Call 01603 630 000 for more details or visit the website at: www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk
Canterbury, Marlowe Theatre from Tuesday 11 - Saturday 15 May 2004. Call 01227 787787 for more details or visit the website at: www.marlowetheatre.com
Cardiff, New Theatre from Tuesday 15 - Saturday 19 June. Call 029 2087 8899 for more details or visit the website at: www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
Edinburgh, Festival Theatre from Tuesday 24 - Saturday 28 February 2004. Call 0131 529 6000 for more details or visit the website at: www.eft.co.uk
London, Sadler's Wells Theatre from Wednesday 17 - Saturday 27 March 2004. Call 020 7863 8000 for more details or visit the website at: www.sadlerswells.com
Sheffield, Lyceum Theatre from Tuesday 20 - Saturday 24 April 2004. Call 0114 249 6000 for more details or visit the website at: www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk
Milton Keynes, Milton Keynes Theatre from Wednesday 28 April - Saturday 1 May 2004. Call 01908 606090 for more details or visit the website at: www.miltonkeynestheatre.com
Woking, New Victoria Theatre from Tuesday 18 - Saturday 22 May 2004. Call 01483 545900 for more details or visit the website at: www.the
ambassadors.com/woking ROMEO & JULIET
Belfast, Grand Opera House from Tuesday 9 - Saturday 13 March 2004. Call 028 9024 1919 for more details or visit the website at: www.goh.co.uk MIXED PROGRAMME Chor: Nacho Duato/Val
Leeds, The Grand Theatre and Opera House from Wednesday 9 - Saturday 12 June 2004. Call 0113 222 6 222 for more details or visit the website at: www.leeds.gov.uk/GrandTheatre
This tour schedule may be subject to change, you should therefore always check dates, times and production details with the theatre when booking your tickets.
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