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Final Day in Beijing

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Our time in Beijing seems to have flown by and we are at the final performance day already. Class wasn’t until 1.15 so still plenty of time for even more shopping. For some it is the thrill of the bargaining as much as what they are actually buying.

Opening night of Madame Butterfly

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The day crew arrived to find local staff asleep around the set having worked into the small hours changing over to Madame Butterfly.

Final Performance of Romeo & Juliet

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A slightly later start today meant there was time for the Company to visit a few sights or do a little shopping before class. The Forbidden City and Summer Palace were popular destinations as well as the Silk Market where incredible bargains are said to be had! The NCPA is situated just off Tiananmen Square so we have had great views of the Great Hall of the People and the Forbidden City on our doorstep.

Second Performance of Romeo & Juliet

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Today, class was a little later but with more work to do to prepare a further cast of Romeo & Juliet plus two new casts for Madame Butterfly, the company were busy all day. This has been the busiest year in recent history for the Company with regards to the numbers of productions we have had in repertoire.

Opening Night in Beijing

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A brief spell of company partying last night was succeeded by a busy day of preparations for our opening night of Romeo & Juliet. The Technicians were back on stage at 9am finding ways to adapt the requirements of the production to the availability of local equipment. In the UK we tour our own lighting which is always in perfect working order but the logistics of overseas touring, particularly to the Far East, means that there is insufficient shipping time between the end of the UK tour and the date it is required overseas.

A little bit of work and a little bit of play

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Today is New Year’s Eve but as the dancers have not had class or rehearsal for 2 days it was essential that they got back into routine before our opening performance of Romeo & Juliet tomorrow.

Dancers Arrive In Beijing

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The BA flight from Manchester to Heathrow was an hour late departing but only reduced the time to wait for the Beijing flight so did not create any problems. We can now stop worrying about the weather for a week until it is time to return home on 6 January! Almost as soon as check in was complete at the hotel, it was time for the Press Conference.

Off to Beijing

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We have set off on our third international tour of the year. This time to Beijing where we will be giving three performances of Romeo & Juliet and two performances of Madame Butterfly in the state of the art National Centre for Performing Arts. As always the Technical Department has gone one day in advance to start the fit up. All went well with the flights and despite the recent bad weather the flights from Manchester to Amsterdam and then onwards to Beijing were close to the scheduled times.

When Hawksworth Wood Primary came to Northern Ballet

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Hawksworth Wood PrimaryHawksworth Wood Primary were the first school to come and visit us for a creative workshop in our new building. The workshop consisted of different elements such as a warm up, learning dance steps, creating their own sequences and performing the pieces.

Merry Christmas from Northern Ballet Academy

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Merry Christmas from Northern Ballet AcademyWell what a term it has been! I can’t believe that tomorrow we are breaking up for Christmas.

So much seems to have happened in 4 months - starting with the move to the new building.

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