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The queen of media - the changing images of an icon

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This article was originally published in February 2011.

Cleopatra may have been born in 69BCE but she has remained a powerful icon ever since. Arguably no other figure in ancient history has been depicted so widely as this fascinating, and powerful woman.

Join us as we take a trip through her most enduring incarnations on stage, in film, fashion, the world of celebrity and, of course, dance.

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Walk Like an Egyptian Competition

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Cleopatra's influence on fashion, style and popular culture seems to be unending, with modern-day icons such as Elizabeth Taylor, Angelina Jolie, Katie Perry and Kim Kardashian taking inspiration from the last Queen of Egypt.  

Listen now to Northern Ballet on Radio 4's PM programme

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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.

Cleopatra Costume Designs

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Click on an image for a closer look at Christopher Giles' costume design illustrations for the Cleopatra ballet.

The images are a detailed look at the characters from Mark-Antony & Caesar to the gods Wadjyt and Apis.

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Past Students' Progress

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Joanne Thwaite, Associate Graduate

Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

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Need a Valentine's Day gift but stuck for original ideas?

We've something to suit every pocket so why not treat that special someone to the Cleopatra Banquet, or give them a Northern Ballet Friends membership? You can even buy them a seat in our studio theatre!

Our Gracious Winner

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Martha Leebolt. Photo Justin SleeMartha Leebolt shared with us her thought on winning her recent award at last month’s Critics' Circle National Dance Awards.

Ballet building hosts Gok Wan’s Clothes Roadshow

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Gok's Clothes Roadshow in Northern Ballet's Studio Theatre in Leeds

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Dance & Diving Performance

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Sunday 13 February at John Charles Centre, Aquatics Centre Diving Pool

Practicing for the event. Photo Northern Ballet Learning.

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Cleopatra Beauty School

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Tuesday 8 February 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Location: Harvey Nichols Espresso Bar, Victoria Quarter

Cleopatra Beauty School at Harvey Nichols, Leeds.Join us for an evening of beauty and fashion demonstrations inspired by Northern Ballet’s Cleopatra - the ultimate style icon, including mini masterclasses, complimentary champagne and sweet treats.

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