As the buzz builds to our première of The Great Gatsby the press are publishing their previews...
Tomorrow night Northern Ballet unveils the latest work from artistic director David Nixon. Arts correspondent Nick Ahad watches the choreographer in rehearsal.
Watching [David] Nixon rehearsing the ensemble in a Charlseton routine, adding completely new phrases and elegant grace notes, opens one's eyes immediately to the adroit facility he has for creating first-rate choreography.
Mike Dixon - Dance Europe March 2013
Luhrmann has Fitzgerald’s text to convey the novel’s emotional intent, but David Nixon, choreographer with Leeds-based company Northern Ballet, has had to find other ways to communicate the sense of love, loss and longing. According to him, in some ways, it was easier to demonstrate it through dance.
In the year of Baz Luhrmann’s new screen version of The Great Gatsby, Nixon’s stylish new ballet opens on home soil at Leeds Grand Theatre on Saturday for a week’s run and later visits Hull New Theatre from April 3 to 6 on its spring tour.
The show will is set in New York in the 1920s and tells the story of Nick Caraway and how he comes to know his infamous neighbour Jay Gatsby – a mysterious millionaire with a secret past and a penchant for lavish parties.
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