It has been an exciting first month in my new role as Dance Education Officer within the Learning Department at Northern Ballet. I have recently returned from my first trip on tour with the Company at Nottingham Theatre Royal for the production The Great Gatsby. I had a fabulous group of over 55s for a workshop which took place on the stage. The group was such a pleasure to teach!
Northern Ballet’s Ability is taking part in an exciting project with some of Mencap’s Young Ambassadors from the region. As part of the Look Beyond the Label campaign the two groups have been meeting to create a dance piece that will be performed as part of National Mencap Day.
However, the time and location are secret! We may drop the odd clue though...
The Company are back this week after phenomenal performances of The Great Gatsby in Woking and Nottingham and Cinderella in Norwich. Next week we take Cinderella to Newcastle and then on to Belfast, Manchester and Sheffield and The Great Gatsby to Canterbury and Bradford.
It's been a long time since my last Tales from Touring blog and in fact it's been about four months since the last time I was out and about with the Company in Southampton! Since then we've had a fantastic run of performances of the Mixed Programme at our Stanley & Audrey Burton Theatre, followed by a well-earned summer break for our dancers, six weeks of rehearsals and a stunning revival of Draculaat the West Yorkshire Playhouse.
After the exciting announcements and award wins of last week, the fun continues this week as the Company head out to the most easterly point on this season's tour with seven performances of Cinderella at Norwich Theatre Royal.
In 1981 Robert de Warren created a new version of A Midsummer Night's Dream with production designs by first-time ballet designer Clive Lavagna. His costumes were very modern for the time, with body-suits to allow the audience to admire the dancer's movements, poise and athleticism.
The music used was, of course, Mendelssohn's famous score with additional pieces from his Songs Without Words all arranged by Leonard Salzedo.
Here are Lynn Jezzard as Titania and Martin Gurnett as Oberon, photo by Roger Alexander.
This is the first time in 16 months we've performed The Great Gatsby and we are all excited about reviving the production which finished it's last run at London Sadler's Wells to sell-out performances across the entire week!