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Northern Ballet receives substantial cut in Arts Council England funding

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As financial cuts to arts organisations across the country are announced, Leeds-based Northern Ballet has been told it will receive around 25% less (£800k)* in 2012/13 from Arts Council England (ACE) than it took to successfully run the Company in 2010/11. 

This is a significant reduction of income and disappointing news for the Company, which recently took up residence in a new, purpose-built home on Quarry Hill, Leeds, in what is now described as the city's cultural hub.

Vital final preparations

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We managed to squeeze a rehearsal in on Saturday at midday before the matinee. It made for quite a long day but it's all coming together so well now that it was definitely worth it! We are getting to the point where we are saying less and playing more. Small suggestions seem to be instantly germinating and creating the finishing touches that we are working on now.

Rehearsals, Mozart and new strings

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Image courtesy of Joanne RozarioThe rehearsal between shows went really well yesterday. We did some in-depth work on the Tartini. We had been discussing whether we should be attempting to play in an authentic Baroque style. After some debate we decided that it wasn't such a good idea. The clarinet hadn't even been invented at this time so we're already very, very un-authentic!! We have now settled on a more contemporary voice.

Preparing for Sinfonia performances

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Joanne RozarioThe chamber music series has been a really exciting development for the Sinfonia. It's lovely for us to come out of the darkness of the pit and out into the bright lights of the stage!

Easter Course 4 - 8 April 2011 (11-16 year olds)

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Our annual Easter Course is fast approaching. Final preparations are under way and it will definitely be an exciting week. I will be having my last planning meeting on Thursday with our composer Richard Kenwood-Herriot. Richard will be accompanying our daily energising class and creating some electrifying music to add to the drama as we learn stage fighting techniques. He will also write an original piece of music throughout the week to accompany the scene from the production as we work.

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The Marriage of Figaro – Studio Theatre

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The crinolines have been bustling across the lacquered floor of Northern Ballet’s atrium. Sumptuous dress and contralto have quivered through the air and, for a short time at least, the vestiges of the Viennese court have run amongst the lithe shapes of the Company dancers and the flurries of children in tutus. Sitting to next to parents with panini’s and dotted amongst employees power-lunching the casual observer might spot Dr.

Wheelchair Dance project in Leeds

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The first of three taster sessions has taken place at our previous home in West Park. This is our second wheel chair dance project in partnership with Artforms. The taster sessions have been set up to give young wheelchair users in Leeds an opportunity to be creative and experience the freedom of movement and dance in a safe environment.

Cleopatra, the music

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This article was originally published in February 2011.

Claude-Michel Schönberg

It takes no great leap of the imagination to visualise a woman undulating to music on a stage when the character embodied is Cleopatra.

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Recognition for new building

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Northern Ballet’s new home as been shortlisted from 112 submissions for the 2011 Civic Building of the Year award. The awards are given by The Society of Chief Architects for Local Authorities (SCALA).

The queen of media - the changing images of an icon

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This article was originally published in February 2011.

Cleopatra may have been born in 69BCE but she has remained a powerful icon ever since. Arguably no other figure in ancient history has been depicted so widely as this fascinating, and powerful woman.

Join us as we take a trip through her most enduring incarnations on stage, in film, fashion, the world of celebrity and, of course, dance.

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