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This week in Northern Ballet (15 Sep 2014)

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Time to take a deep breath after a fantstic run of Dracula at West Yorkshire Playhouse last week and the first public performances of Elves & the Shoemaker at the Riley Theatre and The Hunslet Club.

OK, deep breath done?

Q&A with Dracula's creator

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On Friday 12 September after that day's performance of Dracula our Artistic Director, David Nixon OBE, will be answering your questions about the production, the costumes, choreography, characters and more.

We invite you, whether you are attending that performance or not, to submit your questions for David.

Dracula 2005 - From the Archive

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Dracula is back at West Yorkshire Playhouse this and next week - we first performed David Nixon's take on the immortal Count back in 2005 with David Paul Kierce as one of the leads. Kierce first got his teeth in to the role when David Nixon originally created the ballet for BalletMet, Ohio.

Here's some photos from those 2005 performances...

Great Gothic Evening at Leeds Central Library

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With our upcoming production of Dracula at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, last week we ran an event in collaboration with Leeds Central Library to show appreciation for all things gothic and supernatural and to address why Dracula is still as popular as ever in today’s arts and culture.

This week in Northern Ballet (1 Sep 2014)

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The dancers have been back since the end of July, but today there is something of the first day of term in the air.

Dracula opens at West Yorkshire Playhouse on Friday, running till Saturday 13 September. The Technical Team are there already laying the floor, installing the sets and lighting. The dancers will be there on Thursday for technical and dress rehearsals before the curtain goes up on Friday night.

From the Archive - Othello 1985

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In 1985 Robert de Warren (choreographer and Artistic Director) created a new ballet based on Shakespeare's Othello. In this pic the composer, Loris Tjeknavoran discusses the music with de Warren and dancers Marcello Angelini (Othello) and Daniela Buson (Desdemona).

Robert de Warren, dancers Marcello Angelini and Daniella Buson, and composer Loris Tjeknavoran.

Othello had its Premiére at Nothampton on September 4 1985.

From the Archive - Swan Lake 1992

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In 1992 Dennis Wayne choreographed a new Swan Lake using Tchaikovsky's score. The production was incredibly popular – it sold out much of it's thirty-plus city run, including two weeks in London.

This week's photo from the archive features dancers Jayne Regan and William Walker as Odette and Prince Siegfried, taken by Anthony Crickmay.

Jayne Regan and William Walker as Odette & Siegfried in Swan Lake. Photo Anthony Crickmay.

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