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August 2012 eNewsletter

This is an enewsletter from August 2012 kept here for archive purposes.

Northern Ballet August Newsletter
In this month's newsletter Martha Leebolt as Ondine. Photo Jason Tozer.
Try before you buy
Introducing our new dancers
Classical Fantasia
60 Seconds with Kevin Poeung
Dance at the Stanley & Audrey
    Burton Theatre
Something else you might like
What's On
Tobias Batley as Brand with Martha Leebolt as Ondine. Photo Jason Tozer. Try before you buy
After a well-earned holiday in July, our sun-kissed dancers are now back in the studio rehearsing our new production Ondine. With ten new dancers joining the Company this season, we thought we’d introduce them to you.
Don't forget that you can catch the dancers in rehearsal for Ondine with our 'Try before you Buy' events on 23 & 30 August. Tickets are just £5 with lunch or an evening drink included. If you like what you see you can then claim £5 back off the price of your ticket for the full performance at West Yorkshire Playhouse in September.
Try before you buy

Introducing our new dancers

Mark Dennis, Dancer Mark Dennis. Photo Simon Lawson.
Born and raised in British Columbia, Canada, Mark trained with the country's National Ballet School. After graduating in 2006 he joined the National Ballet of Canada and then Alberta Ballet, where he danced several works by Jean Grand-Maitre including The Scared Grove for the Opening Ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Mark joins Northern Ballet from West Australian Ballet, where he has been since 2010.

Read Mark's biography

Jessica Cohen. Photo Simon Lawson. Jessica Cohen, dancer
San Franciscan Jessica becomes our second California girl at Northern Ballet, alongside Premier Dancer Martha Leebolt.
After training with the San Francisco Ballet School she moved to London to train with English National Ballet School. Jessica joins Northern Ballet after graduating this summer.

Read Jessica's biography

Isaac Lee-Baker, dancer Isaac Lee-Baker. Photo Simon Lawson.
Foodie Isaac is one of three graduates from the Royal Ballet School to join Northern Ballet this summer.
Born and raised in London, he’s moving up to Yorkshire for the first time.

Read Isaac's biography

Luisa Rocco, dancer Luisa Rocco, dancer
Luisa was born and raised in Brazil, where she began her dance training before moving to Europe to graduate in Monte Carlo.
Luisa danced for Scottish Ballet and the Royal Swedish Ballet before coming to Northern Ballet.

Read Luisa's biography

Sean Bates, dancer Sean Bates. Photo Simon Lawson.
Milton Keynes-born Sean trained at the Royal Ballet School in London and joins the Corps de Ballet after graduating this summer.

Read Sean's biography

Olivia Holland. Photo Simon Lawson. Olivia Holland, apprentice
Olivia, from Bath, trained at Royal Ballet Lower School and Elmhurst School for Dance and recently danced with the Royal Ballet of Flanders. She was inspired to join Northern Ballet after taking part in our Summer Course last summer.

Read Olivia's biography

Joseph Taylor, apprentice Joseph Taylor. Photo Simon Lawson.
Skegness-born Joseph started out wanting to be a gymnast. His love of performing on stage eventually took over however, and he graduated from Elmhurst School for Dance this summer.

Read Joseph's biography

Shanti Mouget, photo Simon Lawson. Shanti Mouget, apprentice
Parisian Shanti joins our French contingent of dancers having trained at National Ballet School of Opera de Paris. She recently performed with the Royal Ballet School of Antwerp.

Read Shanti's biography

Matthew Topliss, apprentice Matthew Topliss, photo Simon Lawon
Originally from Boston in Lincs, Matt has lived in Yorkshire for the past 11 years and considers himself a Yorkshireman. He is a graduate of our Northern Ballet Academy CAT scheme and recently finished his training at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Read Matthew's biography

Mariana Rodrigues, photo Simon Lawson Mariana Rodrigues, apprentice
Yoga fan Mariana is from Lisbon, Portugal. She is a graduate of the Royal Ballet School and dreams of performing the role of Cleopatra.

Read Mariana's biography

Classical Fantasia
Northern Ballet Sinfonia will light up Leeds on Saturday 1 September with their annual Classical Fantasia performance, the hugely popular open-air classical music concert set in the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey.
The event will once again feature a popular repertoire of fantasy-inspired music conducted by Northern Ballet Music Director John Pryce-Jones and accompanied by the nowfamous spectacular illumination of the ruins and electrifying fireworks.
The main performance is scheduled to start from 8pm with gates open from 6pm (all times subject to alteration).
Tickets are £10 general admission or £35 for four. Book online, over the phone (0113&nbps;224 3801) or in person at Leeds Visitor Centre at Leeds Train Station or the gift shop at Abbey House.

Book now for Classical Fantastia

60 Seconds with Kevin Poeung Kevin Poeung, photo Simon Lawson
Dancer of the Month Kevin has been called 'the new Wayne Sleep' in the press. We've put a new video together with clips from his live performance of I Got Rhythm back in May.

Watch the video
Read the interview

Dance at the Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre
We're thrilled to be bringing some of the country's finest dance to Leeds this autumn. As well as our first ever ballet for children Ugly Duckling in October, we'll also be welcoming the acclaimed Ballet Black to perform a mixed bill featuring Storyville by renowned choreographer and new Scottish Ballet Artistic Director Christopher Hampson.
Our contemporary season will be opened by HeadSpace Dance, the exciting new company from former Northern Ballet dancers Christopher Akrill and Charlotte Broom. State of Flux (pictured) will perform Forgetting Natasha in September, a fascinating piece that was selected as the Times Critics' choice at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2011. Shobana Jeyasingh Dance will celebrate 25 years of creative working with a fierce double-bill Classic Cut.

What's on

Something else you might like...
Hear the next generation of young international concert pianists at the Seventeenth Leeds International Piano Competition, beginning later this month.
The competition opens on Wed 29 August, with the finals taking place on Fri 14 & Sat 15 September at Leeds Town Hall. A special winners' Gala Recital will take place at the Great Hall, University of Leeds on Sun 16 September.

The Finals and Gala Recital of this prestigious event will both be broadcast live by BBC Radio 3. Tickets for all stages are now available to book over the phone at the Carriageworks Box Office on 0113 224 3801 or online.

Book online
Find out more

What's on
Leeds West Yorkshire Playhouse
Sat 8 – Sat 15 September
0113 213 7700

Try before you buy
23, 30 August
0113 220 8008

Madame Butterfly
Sheffield Lyceum Theatre
Tue 18 – Sat 22 September
0114 249 6000
Manchester Palace Theatre
Tue 25 – Sat 29 September
0844 871 3019

Nottingham Theatre Royal
Tue 9 – Sat 13 October
0115 989 5555

Beauty & the Beast
Norwich Theatre Royal
Tue 2 – Sat 6 October
01603 630 000
Bradford Alhambra Theatre
Wed 24 – Sat 27 October
01274 432000
Woking New Victoria Theatre
Tue 30 October – Sat 3 November
0844 871 7645

Canterbury Marlowe Theatre
Tue 6 – Sat 10 November
01227 787 787
Aylesbury Waterside Theatre
Tue 13 – Sat 17 November
0844 871 7607
Bath Theatre Royal
Tue 27 November – Sat 1 December
01225 448844

The Ugly Duckling
Leeds – Yeadon Town Hall
Sat 20 October 3.00pm
0113 220 8008
Leeds – The Hunslet Club
Sun 21 October 2.30pm &smp; 4pm
0113 220 8008

Leeds – The Riley Theatre
Sat 27 October 2.30pm & 4pm
0113 220 8008
Leeds – Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre
Mon 29 October – Fri 2 November
0113 220 8008

The Nutcracker
Leeds Grand Theatre
Tue 18 – Sun 30 December
0844 848 2700

the Great Gatsby
Leeds Grand Theatre
Sat 2 – Sat 9 March 2013
0844 848 2700
Edinburgh Festival Theatre
Thu 21 – Sat 23 March 2013
0131 529 6000

Belfast Grand Opera House
Wed 10 – Sat 13 April 2013
028 9024 1919
Norwich Theatre Royal
Tue 30 April – Sat 4 May 2013
01603 630 000

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Photos Jason Tozer, Simon Lawson, Justin Slee, Chris Nash. Lottery funded - supported using public funding through Arts Council England Supported by Leeds City Council