Last night Northern Ballet celebrated the phenomenal work of Cllr Bernard Atha, who has been the Company’s Chair for many years.
This is my first photographic blog for Northern Ballet and I thought I'd start with a little insight into Bangkok. As we had very little time during our 4 days over there, I was only able to catch us on our day off, but we packed a lot in. I'll definitely be putting more dance photography on in my later blogs but for now here's 'A day off in Bangkok'.
Since the dancers have been on tour for the past month yesterday was their first time in our new home. All day long they were popping through offices, trying out the studios and telling us what they thought.
Here's just a few of their thoughts on the new building...
Northern Ballet gave the inaugural performance at Aylesbury’s new Waterside Theatre on 12 October, performing Swan Lake to a full and star-studded auditorium.
The glitterati were out in force to greet a cheering crowd outside. The many household names included Tony Christie who sang his hit “Is this the way to Amarillo”, Ruby Wax, David Suchet, Simon Callow, Richard O’Brien, Suzanne Shaw, Warwick Davis, and Cilla Black, who officially opened the theatre.
Northern Ballet Academy students Jenny Layton and Paul Smith were dancing in the aisles at the new Waitrose store in Meanwood this week, in celebration of the supermarket’s support of training for our budding ballet dancers.
It has been a very strange week for Northern Ballet Academy. With the Company only moving into the building last Monday we made the decision to move the Academy across a week later so that staff could fully get to grips with the building before more than 200 academy students came through the doors.
I have spent my week going back and forth from Quarry Hill in the daytime to West Park in the evenings and it really has made me realise quite how lucky the Academy is.
On Wednesday night 9pm BBC2 resumes its Wonderland series with a documentary about a group of boy cheerleaders in South Leeds. Northern Ballet features when one of the boys auditions for the Academy.
It’s finally happened! On Monday Northern Ballet and Phoenix took up residence in our stunning new powerhouse for dance in the centre of Leeds. Don't forget to update your address book with our new contact details.
The first week has been very exciting, learning our way around the building and making use of the terrific facilities it has to offer. By the time the Northern Ballet dancers return from their national tour on 18 October we will have settled in nicely and be ready to welcome them with open arms to their new home.
Three cells, three confined spaces, three chances to dance. In the depths of the town hall, explore the contradiction of being confined, yet moving, being a prisoner, yet dancing.
As part of Leeds' Light Night celebrations tonight Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance Theatre will guide you through movement sequences and creative tasks as you explore life as a Victorian prisoner.