NEWS: Northern Ballet’s ‘Dracula’ promises to be a ballet with bite – Cinemas nationwide, 31 October 2019

 

Be enthralled by the dark tale of an enduring horror figure at a live cinema screening of Northern Ballet’s Dracula this Halloween.

Tonight’s performance of the ballet at Leeds Playhouse will be broadcast in cinemas nationwide as an atmospheric alternative to the usual fright night films. Created and choreographed by Northern Ballet’s artistic director David Nixon OBE, this production of Dracula promises to seduce audiences with sensuous dancing, gripping theatre and eerie music.

The gothic narrative follows a series of chilling events that occur when Count Dracula – an elegant and charismatic immortal of the night, who survives by drinking human blood – leaves his native Transylvania and travels to England. This brooding bloodsucker has become obsessed with his barrister Jonathan Harker’s fiancée, Mina Murray. Predictably, once the Count is on Mina’s home turf, he inflicts havoc by terrorising new victims to get close to her.

Amid passion and power struggles, Mina finds herself wavering between remaining virtuous and succumbing to eternity as a vampire. Could Count Dracula really be caught up in an intense search for legitimate love under the cover of darkness, or is he simply a perverted predator biding his time?

Dance lovers seeking a Halloween treat should expect sinister solos and hot-blooded pas de deux scenes as this ballet with bite unfolds.

 

Northern Ballet' Dracula. Javier Torres as Dracula and Abigail Prudames as Mina. Photo by Emma Kauldhar.

 

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REVIEW: The Royal Ballet’s ‘Medusa’ mixed bill – Cinemas worldwide, May 2019

 

The Royal Ballet confidently dances distinctive works from three leading contemporary choreographers in the Medusa mixed bill: Within the Golden Hour / Medusa / Flight Pattern.

 

Medusa is a brand new narrative work from acclaimed Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Created on The Royal Ballet, with Natalia Osipova in the title role, it is his first commission for the company.

Cherkaoui draws on his training in ballet, hip-hop, tap, jazz and flamenco to devise dance for an impressive range of performers. His eclectic style means he is in demand with major ballet companies and major pop stars alike. He is artistic director of Royal Ballet of Flanders; artistic director of his own contemporary dance company, Eastman; and an associate artist at Sadler’s Wells.

Within the Golden Hour, choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, is an abstract ballet devised for San Francisco Ballet in 2008 and first performed by The Royal Ballet in 2006.

Wheeldon trained at The Royal Ballet School before joining The Royal Ballet in 1991. He later moved to New York City Ballet where he was promoted to soloist before becoming the company’s first resident choreographer. Wheeldon, who was made an OBE in 2016, is now artistic associate of The Royal Ballet and regularly choreographs for leading international companies.

Flight Pattern was Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite’s first work for The Royal Ballet. When this large-scale ensemble piece exploring the plight of refugees premiered in 2017, it was the company’s first new mainstage work by a woman in eighteen years.

Pite is a former member of Ballet British Columbia and William Forsythe’s Frankfurt Ballet. Her professional choreographic debut was in 1990, at Ballet British Columbia, and she has since created more than fifty works. Pite is the recipient of three Olivier awards, including one in 2017 for Flight Pattern.

 

Broadcasting performances such as the Medusa mixed bill in cinemas makes it possible for audiences outside London to experience exceptional dance. Long may the creation, and widespread consumption, of ballet continue – I love being able to pop to my local cinema to watch The Royal Ballet in action!

 

Medusa mixed bill

 

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NEWS: Northern Ballet makes cinema debut with ‘Tortoise and the Hare’ – January 2019

 

Little ones will be dancing with excitement at the news that Northern Ballet’s Tortoise and the Hare is racing onto the big screen at cinemas nationwide this weekend.

The bite-sized ballet is being shown on Saturday as part of Northern Ballet’s first ever cinema season for children.

 

Northern Ballet dancers in Northern Ballet's Tortoise & the Hare march joyfully while dressed as a tortoise, mole, rabbits and hare.

 

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REVIEW: The Royal Ballet’s ‘The Winter’s Tale’ – Cinemas worldwide, Monday 28 April 2014

 

The Royal Ballet performs The Winter’s Tale

Part of the Royal Opera House Live Season 2014–15

Cineworld, Milton Keynes, Monday 28 April 2014

 

Ballet lovers in 29 countries across the world enjoyed a live screening of The Royal Ballet’s newest full-length work, The Winter’s Tale, last night.

 

The Winter's Tale. Sarah Lamb as Perdita and Steven McRae as Florizel in The Winter's Tale.

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REVIEW: The Royal Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’ – Cinemas worldwide, Thursday 12 December 2013

 

The Royal Ballet performs The Nutcracker

Part of the Royal Opera House Live Season 2013–14

Cineworld, Milton Keynes, Thursday 12 December 2013

 

Festive favourite The Nutcracker is a traditional part of the repertoire of The Royal Ballet, performed at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. This enchanting and enduring ballet epitomises the spirit and imagination of Christmas and is the ideal introduction to classical ballet (for children and adults alike).

Choreographed to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, Peter Wright’s production for The Royal Ballet was first seen in Covent Garden in 1984 and, after some tweaking in 1999, remains a must-see version. Set on Christmas Eve, the ballet features a big family party, toys that magically come to life, glittering snowflakes and a kingdom of sweets.

Unsurprisingly, tickets for this season’s run of The Nutcracker at the Royal Opera House have long sold out. However, veteran balletomanes and curious newcomers alike were given the opportunity to enjoy the Christmas-themed ballet last night at cinemas around the world as part of the Royal Opera House Live Cinema series.

 

The Royal Ballet, The Nutcracker. Laura Morera and Federico Bonelli (as The Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier) in 'The Nutcracker'.

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