In 2011 while we were creating Beauty & the Beast a Sky Arts team joined us on tour and in the studio to document the process. Includes interviews with dancers Martha Leebolt, Ashley Dixon and Artistic Director David Nixon OBE.
Artistic Director Laverne Meyer
1969 – 1976
Northern Dance Theatre was set up in 1969 by Canadian-born Laverne Meyer. Meyer was a dramatic dancer whose formative years were spent with Bristol-based Western Theatre Ballet, the first ever British dance company to be based outside London.
Yesterday's PM programme on Radio 4 featured a piece about narrative ballet, Northern Ballet's new production of Cleopatra and the Royal Ballet's first new full-length work in 20 years, Christopher Wheeldon's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.
The report talks about the importance, and difficulty, in creating a full-length narrative ballet, something which Northern Ballet takes great pride in achieving.
Northern Ballet – a brief history
1969 – 1976
Artistic Director: Laverne Meyer
Canadian-born dramatic dancer, Laverne Meyer, sets up Northern Dance Theatre in 1969. The Company has 11 dancers and quickly gains a strong identity and loyal audience. The emphasis is on small-scale classical and modern works. The Company builds a strong identity and a loyal audience in the North.